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.

Climate Change and Mitigation in the Great Plains REU

Researchers in this project will use climate modeling tactics to predict the effects of climate change in the Great Plains, and to develop adaptation and mitigation strategies for agriculture in the region. This project addresses one of the grand challenges of the 21st Century: evaluating and predicting the biological and ecological consequences of accelerating global climate change. This change is especially critical for grasslands, which provide food, fiber, and environmental services. The research projects are designed to help students understand climate change issues in greater depth, with a multidisciplinary team experience. At Kansas State University, these departments participate in research; agronomy, biological and agricultural engineering, and physics. Projects will be matched between faculty interests and student interests. Stipend will be $4,000 plus travel to a professional meeting after the summer program.

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 Evolution of Changing Environments: Mechanisms to Responses (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 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 modern approaches in ecology and evolutionary biology, attend professional development seminars, travel to important ecological sites and genomic centers in Kansas and Missouri, and have two opportunities to present their research. Application deadline is March 1.

Kansas Bridges to the Future

This is a partnership between KSU and five community colleges in Kansas: Seward County, Garden City, Dodge City, Donnelly, and Kansas City Community Colleges. 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.  Deadline: September of each academic year (subject to change, please confirm with the website for updated deadlines).

Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM (RiPS)

Students in this 8-week summer program will become engaged in a research lab 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 which will strengthen the connection between K-State and four other Kansas colleges. Those colleges include: Dodge City Community College, Donnelly College, Garden City Community College and Seward County Community College. 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. 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 also have the opportunity to socialize with students from all over the nation who are also participating in research programs. 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 to use for their participation in the 8-week program. The overall goal of RiPS is to provide summer academic and professional preparation to students.

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 Experience in Public Health

SEPH is a non-credit summer program that takes place on the K-State Olathe campus and other sites. This program is open to juniors and seniors in high school and freshmen and sophomores in college.  Students will learn about public health and One Health through hands-on activities, tours, and presentations.   Topics include food safety, human nutrition, physical activity, and infectious diseases and zoonoses, which are the four emphasis areas of the K-State Master of Public Health program.  Additionally, students learn about undergraduate majors and career paths related to public health.

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 from under-represented groups 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.

Summer Undergraduate Residency in Public Health (SURPH)

SURPH gives undergraduates interested in public health hands-on experience in preparation for entering the Master of Public Health (MPH) program or other advanced study programs.  Students spend eight weeks during the summer in residence at the K-State Manhattan campus in discussion with K-State faculty and shadowing public health professionals while learning about the four emphasis areas of the K-State MPH program.  Students also have an opportunity to attend weekly seminars related to the graduate school experience.  SURPH is sponsored by Kansas State University’s Pathways to Public Health program under One Health Kansas. Scholarships may be available for tuition and room/board based on financial need and fund availability.