Kansas State University recognizes that undergraduate research is a vital component to becoming a Top 50 public research university by 2025. Providing opportunity for undergraduate students to assist and conduct research enhances their education through discovery, inquiry, investigation and application. The university provides a variety of undergraduate research opportunities at one of the university's more than 90 research centers for Kansas State University students as well as those from other universities.
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry is dedicated to the expansion of undergraduate research opportunities at Kansas State University. The office serves an interdisciplinary community of researchers and encourages undergraduate students and faculty to realize research's value early in a student's academic career. The office raises the visibility of K-State's strong commitment to excellence in inquiry, investigation and discovery of new knowledge and creative endeavors.
The McNair Scholars Program is federally funded and prepares low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students from groups under-represented in graduate education for doctoral study. A paid eight-week undergraduate research experience with faculty mentors is a major part of this preparation.
Research Experience for Undergraduates
The National Science Foundation's REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. Kansas State University has five REU sites that offer 10-week summer research opportunities for undergraduate students.
Academic specific undergraduate research
Students in this program work closely with a faculty member to hone their research interests and make a contribution to the field. Research awards are available.
Grain science and industry
Students are currently conducting research on the effect of starch on extruded breakfast cereal, the effects of extrusion on organic acid preservatives used in aquaculture feeds and the effects of soybean flour particle size on its adhesion properties.
Mathematics undergraduate students are mentored by faculty in the Center for the Integration of Undergraduate, Graduate and Postdoctoral Research and are also able to work with other students as a team on an open-ended contest problem.
College of Agriculture Scholars Program
Students in the Ag Scholars Program complete a faculty mentored research/creative project.
Veterinary Research Scholars Program
This program is an intensive research-oriented experience directed towards attracting the most talented professional students into biomedical research careers. The scholars participate in a three-month program that includes mentored research training and weekly research workshops.
Basic Research Immersion Training Experience
The BRITE Veterinary Student Program provides students interested in research with a subsidized, in-depth mentored research experience.