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SPARK Week: Schedule of Events

SPARK (Students Promoting the Advancement of Research at K-State) Week is a week of campus-wide collaboration celebrating and promoting the opportunities for undergraduate research & creative inquiry at K-State. Mark your calendars for the following dates and take advantage of the many offerings during the week!

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Monday, October 5

OURCI Information Table – 11:00-1:00, Student Union

Visit our table in the union to get more information about the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry and the events of SPARK Week.

Alpha Chi Sigma Chemistry Magic Show – 12:00-1:00, Bosco Plaza

Come help us kick off SPARK Week with a Chemistry Magic Show in Bosco Plaza put on by Alpha Chi Sigma, K-State's professional Chemistry Fraternity! Stop by to see our special guest, chemistry wizard Dean Dorhout; check out some fascinating magic tricks; and get more information about the events of SPARK Week!

Get Published as an Undergraduate! – 3:00-4:00 p.m., Leadership Studies Town Hall

Join us for a panel discussion on tips and tricks to getting published as an undergraduate. Our panelists will provide helpful advice for publishing undergraduate research and welcome an interactive dialogue on the ins and outs of undergraduate publishing. Panelists include: Dr. Linda Thurston, Editor-in-Chief of the Prairie Journal of Undergraduate Research; and Tim Cochran, Feature Article Editor of Crossing Borders: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship. 

Tuesday, October 6

McNair Scholars Information Table – 11:00-1:00, Student Union

Visit the McNair table in the union to get more information about the McNair Scholars Program.

Research & Creative Inquiry Campus-Wide Displays – 11:00-1:00

Curious about opportunities in your department? Participating departments will have a staff member at their display to provide more information and answer questions about undergraduate research/creative inquiry involvement opportunities. Visit the link above for a directory of displays.

Tap to Togetherness: Building family relations & enhancing child development through Tap Dance – 11:00-1:00, outside area between Nichols Hall and McCain OR Nichols Hall studio 26

The current research team including the K-State Tap Dance Ensemble and the Manhattan, Kansas Parents as Teachers Program, the Department of Early Childhood Development and Research and Extension will be present to answer questions about their research.

Undergrads NOT in the Lab – 3:30-4:30, Student Union Little Theatre

Who is the Undergrad NOT in the Lab? Join us for a panel discussion on undergraduate research opportunities NOT in the sciences (e.g.: the arts, architecture, business, education, and the humanities) and how to get involved. Panelistis include Dr. Traci Brimhall, Creative Writing/Poetry; Dr. MJ Morgan, Professor of History and Research Director for the Chapman Center for Rural Studies; and Daniel Warner, Graphic Design. 

Wednesday, October 7

Developing Scholars Program Information Table – 11:00-1:00, Student Union

Visit our table in the union to get more information about the Developing Scholars Program and the events of SPARK Week.

Spark Tank – 12:00-2:00, Union 227

Present your research idea to a panel of judges and receive feedback to strengthen your OURCI Research/Travel Grant Application. Two OURCI Grants will be awarded! Sign-up online by September 30 to participate.

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH with President Kirk Schulz – 3:00-4:00, Student Union Forum Hall

Join us for President Schulz's address on the relevance and benefits of undergraduate research.

Thursday, October 8

KS-LSAMP Information Table - 11:00-1:00, Student Union

Visit our table in the union to get more information about the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program.

SPARKx - 3:30-4:30 p.m., Leadership Studies 123

K-State and DSP alumnus, Jorge E. Mendoza, shares his journey in research which led him to study sloths in Costa Rica.

Computers and Technology Movie series - 7:00 p.m., Nichols 126

Friday, October 9

OURCI Information Table - 11:00-1:00, Student Union

Visit our table in the union to get more information about getting involved in undergraduate research.

Workshop with Career & Employment Services - 2:30-3:30 p.m., Union 227

Learn how research can help you reach your next step and how to format your research experience on your resume.
                   
 

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