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Summer Programs

Chemistry Research Experience for Undergraduates (Chemistry REU)

The Chemistry REU Program is sponsored by the NSF Research experience for undergraduates program and the Department of Defense’s ASSURE program and provides research opportunities for students who have had limited exposure to independent research at their home institution. Both 4 year and community college students are encouraged to apply. As part of this program students spend ten weeks conducting cutting edge chemistry related research projects under the guidance of experienced researchers. In addition to the research experience, the students will also learn about and use the various types of instrumentation critical to chemists, learn about the importance of ethics in scientific research, gain a better understanding of the nature of science, and learn how to write up and present their research results. Accommodations and meals are paid for by the program. Students may also have the opportunity to travel to a national chemistry conference and present their results. Students who have completed one and preferable two years of chemistry coursework are eligible to apply. Rolling admissions begin February 21st.

Earth, Wind, and Fire: Sustainable Energy for the 21st Century (Sustainable Energy REU)

10 week summer research program that will allow them to conduct research on a sustainable energy, work in a multidisciplinary research environment, and learn more about current developments related to sustainability. Specific learning objectives of this project include:

  1. To develop and apply knowledge and skills in the areas of mathematics, science, engineering, and research methods;
  2. 2. To develop an understanding of sustainability as an applied multidisciplinary field encompassing economics, science, and technology, and the social, political, and ethical issues facing contemporary societies
  3. 3. To develop a recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning by increasing the capacity for self directed learning and original investigation

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Changing Environments: Integrating from Genomes to Biomes (Biology REU)

The K-State Biology REU program provides opportunities for independent research for students that may not have these opportunities at their home institution. Research projects will address biological patterns observed in changing environments by examining underlying genetic, developmental, physiological, or ecological mechanisms. This 10-week program is hosted by Konza Prairie Biological Station, the Ecological Genomics Institute, and the Division of Biology at Kansas State University. In addition to independent research projects conducted under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors, participants will learn about collection, analysis, integration, and interpretation of the diverse data used in ecology and evolutionary biology; attend professional development seminars; travel to important ecological sites and genomic centers in Kansas; and have multiple opportunities to present their research. Application deadline is March 1.

KSRE Multicultural Summer Research Fellowship

The Multicultural Undergraduate and Graduate Summer Research Fellowship will provide an opportunity for multicultural students to work closely with faculty members as part of their research teams. Students are expected to spend 35 hours per week working with their research teams and to be contributing members of this group. By the end of the 8 week period, June 2 to July 31, students should have produced tangible results from experimental research and will report the results in a special research forum. This Fellowship is excellent experience for students who plan to attend graduate or professional school.

Students selected to participate in the K-State program will be paired with faculty in research projects that match a student's interests. Faculty and other members of the research team are committed to working closely with the students to train them in research techniques as well as regularly discussing their projects and progress.

Students may also attend summer classes on research ethics and compliance, and informal seminars and meetings of the research groups as part of the process of becoming members of the research team.

Kansas Bridges to the Future

This is a partnership between KSU and five community colleges in Kansas: Seward County, Garden City, and Dodge City. Qualified minority and first-generation students will receive dual admission into the community college as well as to KSU with tuition waivers. The program aims to develop the students' interest in careers in biomedical research and allied sciences and to help them in the transition as they move to four-year institutions.

Laser-matter Interactions at the Atomic and Nanoscales (Physics REU)

The 10-week summer program offers students an opportunity to perform cutting-edge research. Each student will be paired with a faculty research mentor. The program includes lectures and presentations by Physics professors and Dr. Bruce Glymour, Professor of Philosophy, will lead discussions of ethical issues in physics, including case studies of some famous ethical violations in recent years. Students will develop a web page, give regular research updates, and give an oral or poster presentation summarizing their research project. Sophomores and juniors who have completed a course in modern physics are eligible. US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to apply. Rolling admissions begin February 20th.

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is a comprehensive program structured to prepare undergraduates for successful careers as graduate students, professors, and professional researchers.  McNair Scholars are from socio-economic groups which are under-represented in graduate programs and college faculties across the country. The program was established in 1986 by Congress in honor of the late Dr. Ronald E. McNair for his accomplishments as a scholar and an astronaut. McNair Scholars will participate in a paid summer research internship, receive preparation for the GRE and other entrance exams, receive assistance in applying to appropriate graduate programs, receive funding to attend research conferences, and assistance in locating funding for graduate school. Review of applications to the program begins the second Friday in September.

Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM (RiPS)

Students in this 8-week summer program will be engaged in research on the K-State campus. Students will be paired with a faculty member who will help them conduct an independent research project. RiPS is sponsored by the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation which is a National Science Foundation program. It aims to strengthen the connection between K-State and four other Kansas colleges: Dodge City Community College, Donnelly College, Garden City Community College and Seward County Community College. RiPS will provide opportunities for students to conduct research in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) fields. In addition to the research component of the program, RiPS students will have the opportunity to socialize with students from all over the nation who are participating in research programs on campus. Room and board are covered to help encourage students to fully immerse themselves in the atmosphere of K-State. Students will also receive a stipend for their participation in the 8-week program. The overall goal of RiPS is to provide summer academic and professional preparation to students. Students who identify themselves as Hispanic/Latino, African American/Black, Native American/American Indian, Pacific islander, multiracial or another underrepresented student group and are looking to transfer from a partner college to K-State are encouraged to apply.

Summer Academy in Sustainable Bioenergy (Bioenergy REU)

The 10-week program, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, will provide students the education and experiences they will need to become independent researchers and potentially future leaders in the aspects of biomass-derived fuels and chemicals. Each student will be paired with a faculty mentor or graduate student, and will work on a team project related to sustainable bioenergy. Students will participate in field trips, develop a web page, give a poster presentation summarizing their research project, and attend various social events. The program also includes attending seminars on topics related to sustainable bioenergy. Students from all science, socioeconomic, agricultural, and engineering majors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Application deadline is February 15th.

Summer Undergraduate Mathematics Research (SUMaR)

During eight weeks, 12 undergraduate students will have the opportunity to visit K-State and carry out research projects under the mentorship of the mathematics department's faculty. This REU encourages applications from students preparing for graduate studies in mathematics, and those from community colleges who might otherwise not have an opportunity to experience mathematics work and consider graduate studies. Since a subset of the student population we plan to recruit will be early in their studies, and hence expected to have limited experience with mathematical proof, the REU will feature a series of talks by Philosophy faculty on epistemology of mathematics and propositional logic. SUMaR receives its support from the National Science Foundation, the K-State Mathematics Department, and K-State SUROP.

  • Help students to be independent researchers
  • Enhance their understanding of basic mathematics and the areas involved in their own project
  • Develop a sense of sound mathematical reasoning
  • Create a sense of community among the REU students and our own students and faculty.

Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP)

Sponsored by the Kansas State University Graduate School, the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) gives undergraduates (preferably non-KSU students) a first-hand experience with the research process in preparation for graduate school and other advanced study. Students spend nine weeks during the summer at K-State participating in the research programs of faculty mentors and attending weekly seminars related to conducting research and the graduate school experience. Participants receive a stipend, their room and board expenses are paid by the Graduate School.