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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Opportunities in the College of Arts and Sciences

Work closely with a faculty member to hone your research interests and make a contribution to the field. Then network with researchers at conferences to present your findings. Your hard work will help you stand out when searching for a career or applying to graduate or professional school.

Undergraduate students enrolled in any major in the College of Arts and Sciences are invited to apply for research awards to conduct projects with faculty members in the college.  Faculty members from departments outside the college may serve as co-mentors on projects but the primary mentor must have a faculty appointment in an A&S department. Projects will be one summer or one semester in length.

Students selected for research awards will receive a scholarship award of $1,000. This award will be applied to the student’s financial aid package. If the research project is not successfully completed, the award must be refunded.

Application deadlines

Spring: November 16, 2017.
Summer: March 29, 2018.
Fall: May 17, 2018.

To apply, download & complete this form (pdf), save a copy, and email it to artsciugo@k-state.edu.
Scholarship Requirements

Award recipients will enroll in DAS 400, Undergraduate Research in Arts & Sciences, for zero to three credit hours. A typical research project will include at least 100 hours working on the project: 10 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer, or six to eight hours per week for 15 weeks in the spring or fall. These projects will be direct hands-on research, scholarly or discovery experiences — not lab support or readings. Students selected for the internships will be required to submit a final report.

Research awards can be renewed once; however, preference will be given in the review process to proposals from students who have not previously had awards. Preference also will be given to students who will not receive concurrent funding for the same project from other sources such as Developing Scholars, Johnson Cancer Center, K-INBRE, or McNair Scholars.  Students are encouraged to seek funding from such sources to continue projects initiated under the A&S Undergraduate Research Scholars program.

 
Instructions for Submitting Final Research Scholarship Reports

If selected for the scholarship, you will be required to submit a report. This is in the form of an Abstract (required) suitable for public release, including posting on the web. The abstract should be one or two paragraphs in length, accessible to an educated layperson, such as a member of congress. This paragraph should describe the topic of your investigation, and the reason this research or scholarly activity is important. It should include a description of the specific question you are trying to address, your approach, and what you discovered or learned from the project (or progress you made toward that goal). You must ask your advisor to review this paragraph, and make sure it is suitable for posting on a web page. You may also include one or two figures (optional) with captions that could also be posted to the web.

The report must be submitted as a PDF file to artsciugo@ksu.edu.

A due date will be provided to you if you are selected for the scholarship.

 



Award Recipients

Fall 2017