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Consortium for Undergraduate Research Experiences

One way to integrate research and education within a research project is to involve undergraduate students in the project. This will require you to identify a research project that the student(s) will engage in, mentor the student(s) through the research process including submission of scholarly output for presentation and/or publication, and provide a stipend for one or more students for the duration of the funded project. To help enhance students' educational and research experience, your proposed program should be part of the Graduate School's Consortium for Undergraduate Research Programs.

The Consortium is designed to bring together Program Coordinators/Administrators to help communicate what is happening in undergraduate research programs across campus and to enhance the interaction among the programs (e.g., joint seminars, shared experiences, interaction of students from different colleges and cultures) and to share resources. During the summer, there are shared seminars and activities across many of the summer undergraduate research programs organized through the Graduate School's Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP). The Consortium contact is Carol Shanklin, Dean of the Graduate School. She can be reached at shanklin@ksu.edu.

If you do not want to start an undergraduate research program of your own, you can become part of an existing program by including money in your proposal budget to support students in these other programs. Typical stipends range from $1,500 to $4,500 per semester per student. If support is during the summer, money for subsistence and travel may also be required for non-K-State students recruited specifically to participate in one of the summer research programs. Some of these programs (e.g., SUROP, McNair Scholars, Bridges to the Future) have the advantage that a key focus of their program is the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students, another important broader impacts consideration.

Also, find out if the department has an existing NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), if applicable. Learn more about many of the academic year and summer programs across campus. For specific details on the program you are interested in and to identify what you need to include in your grant submission, contact the Program Coordinator/Administrator for that specific program.