Research Themes Committee 

The K-State 2025 visionary plan calls for the university to identify and support strategic areas of Research, Scholarly and Creative Activities, and Discovery emphasis and focus further development of existing or new research centers in domains which promise significant achievement and external funding. Ron Trewyn, vice president for research, appointed a 2025 Research Themes Committee to identify ten to twelve university strategic research foci to be refined to five to seven key themes.

Based on identifying research areas which would advance our position within the 2025 metrics, the Committee chose to identify those opportunities that (1) are likely to attract support from funding agencies in the future; and (2) have a strong base of success already established at Kansas State University. The Committee employed a data-driven process to identify future opportunities and areas of current research success as demonstrated by publication excellence and/or extramural research support excellence.  This analysis included evaluation of current research funding at K-State and the citations resulting from publications authored by K-State researchers. 

From August 16, 2012 - October 31, 2012, the K-State community was asked to provide feedback on the report prepared by the Research Themes Committee.

Report: Identifying Opportunities for Focused Research Expansion (PDF)
August 2012 Letter to Campus from President Schulz and Vice President Trewyn
Comments (PDF)

This report compiles the comments and suggestions received by email or through memoranda/letters during the formal comment period.

March 2013 Letter to Campus from President Schulz