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!

OURCI Vision Statement

What is Research & Creative Inquiry?

Undergraduate research & creative inquiry are defined as scholarly, collaborative, authentic, original work or an assessment from a new point of view conducted by a student or group of students within a mentored environment for the purpose of publicly disseminating the information through a university seminar, poster/oral conference presentation, performance, exhibition and/or publication. The projects shall involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, application, writing and/or performance to a greater or lesser degree depending on the discipline.


Student Spotlight

Fernando Roman (Toa Alta, Puerto Rico)

Fernando Roman

Fernando is a senior in Mathematics, a KS-LSAMP and Developing Scholar as well as a McNair Scholar, and a member of K-State's Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He presented his research at the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Topeka, KS, during February 2014. This summer he is participating in the Mathematical Science Research Institute Undergraduate Program (MSRI-UP) in Berkeley, CA, one of the most prestigious mathematical research institutes in the world. Fernando's research is titled, "Backward Shift Realization of discrete analytic functions" under faculty mentor Dr. Dan Volok, associate professor of mathematics.