The 2013/2014 Harmattan Undergraduate Research Day Activities (1st URD) The VC’s Address delivered by Prof. Funsho Oluleye

The first Undergraduate Research Day held during the Harmattan semester, 2013/2014 session at the University Auditorium on 4th Dec. 2013, at 10:00 am. On the occasion, Prof. Funsho Oluleye– Coordinator Research and Community Development ably represented the Vice Chancellor, he also delivered the VC’s address on the importance of programme. Total grants disbursed to the thirty eight (38) beneficiaries were =N=0000000:00.

Coordinator’s Welcome Address
1st UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY (URD) WELCOME ADDRESS BY DR. GRACE T. ABOLAJI (COORDINATOR, KWASU CUR)

Standing on the existing protocol and on behalf of KWASU VC, Professor Abdurasheed Na’Allah and the entire KWASU community; I say welcome to our Special invited guests and everyone present in this 1st  Undergraduate Research Day (URD) event.

KWASU Undergraduate Research Program is a new, exceptional and one of a kind program in the Nigeria Tertiary Education System and possibly in the whole of Africa.

The details of the URP is as shown on the pasted banners up the stage and around the campus.  It is however pertinent to let everyone understand that this program is designed to:
1. Involve students, KWASU academic staff, and various stakeholders in the Nigeria’s communities working together to identify and solve problems and challenges militating against health, social, and economic development of the nation.
2. Help undergraduate students develop life-long knowledge and skills in problem solving in order to become engaged, creative, innovative and impactful citizens.
3. Identify the diversities and challenges of today’s society by using scientific designs for facing and resolving the challenges.
4. Model the “problem solving by science” teaching concept that reaches people in their own communities with problem solving methods suitable to their needs.
5. Provide opportunities for students, institutions, and communities to develop stronger bonds for impactful development of the society.

We are very proud of our students who have stepped forward to be pioneers of this program.  They are all excited to present their proposals and I believe you will further understand the aims and objectives of this program as they make their presentations.

Ones again, thank you for honoring our invitation and we wish you all the best.  God bless us all.


1ST UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY VC’s WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY PROF. FUNSHO OLULEYE

On behalf of KWASU VC, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah and the entire KWASU community; I say welcome to everyone present in this great event.
It is pertinent to note that URP
•    URP is designed to help undergraduate students develop lifelong knowledge and skills in problem solving in order to become engaged, creative, innovative and impactful citizens.
•    Through URP, students are mentored by lecturers on how to identify the diversities and challenges of today’s society by using scientific designs for facing and resolving the challenges.
•    URP is a model of the “problem solving by science” teaching concept
•    It reaches people in their own communities with problem solving methods suitable to their needs.
•    URP also helps to provide opportunities for students and communities to develop stronger bonds for impactful development.

URP involves each student:
•    Selecting research topic or project according to their interest, ability and societal needs.
•    Writing proposals for grant awards from within and outside Nigeria.
•    Presenting proposals to panel of judges, grant sponsors, and special guests in a research day event.
•    Conducting scientific research or creating an innovative projects, concepts, services, and products.
•    Presenting and disseminating research results/findings during research day events, community workshops, seminars, conferences, etc.
•    Publishing research findings in professional journal and magaziens, radio and television etc.
•    Turning research findings into entrepreneurial venture and or enhance entrepreneurial ventures in the society.
•    Overall, students becoming more engaged, creative, innovative, and impactful individuals and citizens from the knowledge and skills learned in the URP research/project.


2nd KWASU UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY VC’S WELCOME ADDRESS DELIVERED BY PROF. SAKAH MAHMUD

In his message in the event with the theme, “Problem Solving by Science,” the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, represented by Coordinator to the Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Sakah Mahmud, said the initiative was a further demonstration of the University’s commitment to students’ learning through research. The Vice-Chancellor said as a University for Community Development, KWASU has taken a lead in promoting undergraduate research.
According to him, the University inculcates the spirit and value of research in its students for intellectual development. He said the students were trained on how to conduct research and that grants were made available to those with good proposals to assist in carrying out their research works.
The Vice-Chancellor therefore reaffirmed the University’s commitment to exploring the country's resources through research for national growth and development.       

3RD UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH DAY SPEECH OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR, PROF. ABDULRASHEED NA’ALLAH

November 26, 2014

•    Royal Highness
•    My Lords, Spiritual and Temporal
•    Members of Council, Kwara State University
•    Coordinators to Vice Chancellor
•    Registrar
•    Other Principal Officers of the University
•    Provosts of all Colleges of the University
•    Directors of Centres
•    Heads of Departments
•    Members of Senate
•    Members of Congregation
•    Body of Kwara State University Students
•    Gentlemen of the Press
•    Distinguished Guests
•    Ladies and Gentlemen

It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the third KWASU Undergraduate Research Day. Again, we have recorded the unprecedented in the annals of Nigerian Educational System; cultivating a rich learning culture wherein students are enriched with life-long problem-solving skills. Proudly, we breed creative, innovative and impactful citizens in whose hands the future of the nation rests.
The idea of Undergraduate Research was birthed to build mentor/mentee relationships amongst students and lecturers so that students may gain the ability to identify the diversities and challenges of today’s society, through the employment of research designs to confront and proffer meaningful, long lasting solutions to the challenges posed by life and living. At the core of our activities here at KWASU is community development; we have embraced from inception, the inclusion of our community in developmental processes, therefore, Undergraduate Research is designed for students to reach out to researcher’s own communities with problem solving methods suited to their very own needs.
In the Kwara State University, the Centre or Undergraduate Research (CUR) has symbolic representation; it provides unique opportunities for students and communities to develop stronger bonds for impactful development. Through the involvement of students from scratch; beginning with the choice of research topic and being guided through presentation and publications, students become empowered to develop innate inquisitive and entrepreneurial attributes. Thus knowledge gained as participants subsequently becomes the weapon with which challenges are overcome.
The undergraduate Research Day is a one-day event organized every semester of the school year where students' proposals and/or research findings are presented. Our commitment remains rock-solid in encouraging students to find balance between successful academic pursuits and continuous developmental drive towards national development. Consequently, monetary grants are presented to researchers for the completion of studies embarked upon or new ones to be developed. The first Undergraduate Research Day was held on 4th December 2013 during the 2013/2014 academic session. The day witnessed 39 (Thirthy Nine) students awarded research grant of N35,000.00 (Thirty Five Thousand Naira) only each. In the same vein, the Second Undergraduate Research Day held on 30th April, 2014 during the Rain Semester of that same session saw 28 students’ researchers awarded the grant of N50,000.00 (Fifty Thousand Naira) only each.
Here again, we are witnessing the Third Undergraduate Research Day, awardees have been carefully chosen depending on the nature and quality of the research. This is a very competitive process where students responding to advertisement submitted their research proposals, which are then subjected to rigorous reviews. Out of the 60 (Sixty) research proposals submitted, 37 (Thirty Seven) have been found most worthy of award of research grants. Those proposals are found to be well written and of course relevant to the set objectives of Kwara State University as a research-intensive University and as University for Community Development. The essence of community participatory research is to focus on continued practical employment of research findings so that such information may not just sit on bookshelves and defeat developmental purposes.
While fulfilling the traditional goals of University Education; to learn and engage in research, the dimension of community development has lent to us the tenacity to be creative, innovative and to impact meaningfully on the society. Be grateful Great KWASUITES, for in the process of this, we have been empowered to make lasting impact on our nation and thus have become truly rounded citizens. Our goal, ladies and gentlemen, is to ensure that KWASU researchers, students and staff, collaborate with government and the industry to implement their research findings and soon, we will begin to see results of such collaborations in problems being solved, new products being made and diseases being overcome with medicinal products and health protection and treatment strategies. Society will be strong through KWAASU research work and businesses, companies and industries will be make more profits from new products they would develop for community development.
Having outlined these, I enjoin all citizens here present; scholars of repute, royal highness, political moguls, industries, and government, etc. to lend to these future generation some encouragement in all ways imaginable. KWASU is indeed forever indebted to some of these people; we will appreciate your uninterrupted support. To the students I will charge; the future is yours take it by the horns and live it meaningfully to the Society. It all begins here