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Funding Opportunities

Kansas Academy of Science Student Research Grants

The Kansas Academy of Science (KAS) has established a research grant program to encourage and support scientific research endeavors of student members of KAS or students whose research advisor is a member of KAS. They award research grants up to $1,000. The deadline to apply is October 6, 2018Learn more.

Mindlin Foundation Undergraduate Research Awards

The Mindlin Foundation Undergraduate Mentored Research Program is offering research awards to promising undergraduates in the sciences or engineering who are in a mentored research project. Applications are due by November 2, 2018. Learn more about the awards including eligibility and application information.

Spring 2019

$1,000 OURCI Research/Travel Grant applications available. Find more information here.

College of Arts & Sciences Research Awards are available each semester. Find more information here.

OURCI Grant Recipient Spotlight



With a major in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish, Alexandria Bontrager is set up for success. But how did she get started? Her mentor, Dr. Erika Geisbrecht, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, presented the idea of participating in a lab before Bontrager’s freshman year. Now, Bontrager studies the muscles of fruit flies in hopes of understanding diabetes, obesity and cancer to characterize new drugs to help patients. As everyone knows, research isn’t easy, but Bontrager has gained the knowledge of accepting and learning from her mistakes, and crafting a better approach towards failures. She believes research is a great way to pursue curiosity from classroom learning. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry (OURCI) Travel Grant helped Bontrager focus on her studies and excel in school.