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K-State Today

August 6, 2015



Seven undergraduate students present research for annual SUROP

By Kelsey Peterson

2015 SUROP Students at Finale

Seven undergraduate students gave oral presentations about their summer research at the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, or SUROP, finale Friday, July 31, in Justin Hall. Undergraduate students, alongside K-State faculty and graduate students, conducted research in the departments of psychological sciences, biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology. This is the 20th year the Graduate School has hosted the program.

"I had great mentorship in this program," said Tina Ding, undergraduate from the University of California, Berkley who was mentored by Brad Olson and Tara Marriage. "I got to experience how labs are ran and the support everyone gives to one another."

"I loved learning and studying as a scientist," said TaJae Lloyd, undergraduate from Langston University, who was mentored by Masaaki Tamura. "I learned it is so important to know exactly what you are doing and how to explain it on different levels."

The list of presenters, and information about their research, can be found on the Graduate School website.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at Kansas State University gives undergraduates a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study. Participation in a program such as Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program provides a first-hand look at the process and excitement of discovery through research and such experience is viewed favorably by the admissions committees for graduate and professional schools.

Students participating in the program spend nine weeks during the summer at Kansas State University working closely with faculty members as part of their research teams. Faculty members have ongoing scholarly programs that continue through the summer. Students are expected to spend about 40 hours per week working with their research teams and to be contributing members of this group. By the end of the nine-week period, students should have produced tangible results from experimental research and will report the results in a special research forum.

To learn more about the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program program, visit the Graduate School website.