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Innovation & Research  Forum (IRForum)

In 2019, a collaborative forum was established through a joint initiative between Dr. Cheryl Davis, the former Associate Provost for Research, and Dr. Lily Popova Zhuhadar, the Director of WKU Center for Applied Data Analytics. This initiative fosters a synergistic partnership between the WKU Office of Research and the Gordon Ford College of Business. As a result of this collaboration, Dr. Zhuhadar is committed to organizing Campus-wide Training Workshops for Faculty, Staff, and Students. 

IRForum Mission Statement

The Innovation and Research Forum (IRForum) brings together researchers, practitioners, and academics to participate in inter- and multi-disciplinary empirically driven discussions on innovation and research through research-based workshops.

IRForum's Website

The IRForum website acts as the central hub for WKU Faculty, Staff, and Students. It offers a platform to:

  • Showcase the research-related activities of Faculty and Students.
  • Offer resources for both Faculty and Students."

Current Event

The WKU Center for Applied Data Analytics is delighted to launch the 2023 WKU Virtual Summer Enrichment Series! Starting the week of June 15th, this complimentary series, filled with enriching content, has been specifically designed with Faculty, Staff, and Graduate Students in mind!

Register now and secure your place in this inspiring and educational virtual journey by clicking here! (registrations are provided free of charge.)  

Below is the schedule for the upcoming seminars:

  1. Thursday, June 15th: SAS Global Academic Programs: A Partner to Enable Data Science & Analytics Education – Lori Downen & Tom Grant
  2. Thursday, June 22nd: Longitudinal Data Analysis – Jackie Johnson 
  3. Thursday, June 29th: Data Cleaning – Nancy Rausch 
  4. Thursday, July 13th: Sentiment Analysis (Text Mining) - Tom Grant 
  5. Thursday, July 20th: Designing Effective Online Surveys – Nancy Rausch 
  6. Thursday, July 27th: Multilevel Mixed Models – Jackie Johnson 
  7. Thursday, August 10th: Explanatory Data Analysis – Tom Grant
  8. Thursday, August 24th: Structural Equation Modeling – Cat Truxillo 
    • Zoom invitation:Please download and import the following  iCalendar  (.ics) file to your calendar system.
    • Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM - Central Time (US and Canada)
    • Frequency: Weekly on Thursdays (from June 15 to August 24, 2023)


If you have any questions, please contact Lily Popova Zhuhadar at:(lily.popova.zhuhadar@wku.edu

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 Last Modified 5/6/24