Research: A K-State Tradition
Pioneers in Cutting Edge Exploration
As the first land-grant college created under the Morrill Act and the oldest public university in the state of Kansas, Kansas State University has a long tradition of pioneering spirit. Since its earliest days when both men and women were welcomed into the K-State family, the institution has pioneered the most cutting edge ideas of our time.
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry (OURCI) aims to address one of the eight university-wide benchmark measures enshrined in K-State 2025: A Visionary Plan, namely “Percentage of Undergraduates Involved in Formalized Research.” This goal, and the prominence accorded it, acknowledges the broad importance of discovery, faculty mentoring, active learning, and student creativity which are at the heart of the University’s plans to strengthen undergraduate education and which are consistent with the University’s founding mission. Broadly understood to include the creative inquiry which is part of every academic discipline at the university, research informs and is essential to any high-quality undergraduate education. Kansas State University is therefore committed to further promote undergraduate research and creative inquiry for the high-impact learning and inspiring enrichment it provides.
The Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry serves an interdisciplinary community. We encourage undergraduate students and faculty to engage in inquiry because whether a scientist, a business woman or an artist, a cutting edge history is our K-State tradition!