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Kansas State University
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Manhattan, KS 66506

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Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University gives undergraduates a first-hand experience with the research process. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school and other advanced study. Participation in a program such as SUROP provides a first-hand look at the process and excitement of discovery through research and such experience is viewed favorably by the admissions committees for graduate and professional schools.

Students participating in SUROP will spend nine weeks during the summer at Kansas State University working closely with faculty members as part of their research teams. Faculty members have on-going scholarly programs that continue through the summer. Students are expected to spend about 40 hours per week working with their research teams and to be contributing members of this group. By the end of the nine-week period, students should have produced tangible results from experimental research and will report the results in a special research forum.

Participants will also attend weekly seminars to learn more about the graduate school experience and are strongly encouraged to attend other events and activities organized by the SUROP coordinators.

The summer 2016 program will begin late May/early June and end in late July. Exact dates will be posted later in the Fall 2015 semester. 

2016 SUROP Participants

  • Alejandra Valadez, English, Northern Arizona University
  • Ashley Michalski, anatomy and physiology, Langston University
  • Sarah Seiwald, chemistry, Regis University
  • Kristen Hylen, biology, Benedictine College;
  • Michaela Smith, biology, Xavier University of Louisiana
  • Kara Nielsen, biology, Grinnell College
  • LaQuan Johnson, biology, Langston University
  • Bre'Anna Wyche, diagnostic medicine, Hampton University

SUROP Finale presentations

Summer undergraduate research programs news release

2016 SUROP Seminar Schedule

Stipend and Financial Support

The Kansas State University Graduate School provides participants with a stipend of $4,500 paid in three installments. In addition, the program pays travel expenses (up to $300) and residence hall room and board. The student is expected to pay for personal expenses from the stipend amount.

Participating Departments for Summer 2016

Anatomy & Physiology
Masaaki Tamura

Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Jianhan Chen

Brad Olson
Loretta Johnson
Sherry Flemming
Jocelyn McDonald

Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Kathrin Schrick

Duy Hua
Christopher Culbertson
Ryan Rafferty
Emily McLaurin
Takashi Ito

Communication and Ag Education
Lauri Baker

Computing and Information Sciences
Pavithra Prabhakar

Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology
Victoria Volkova

Tim Dayton
Tanya Gonzalez
Jim Machor
Joe Sutliff Sanders

Horticulture, Forestry, & Recreation Services
C.B. Rajashekar

Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning
Katherine Nesse

Eleanor Sayre

Psychological Sciences
Donald Saucier

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants should have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, be majoring in a field listed above or a related field, and have a career goal that includes graduate-level education.
  • Students should have at least sophomore standing and must be enrolled in at least one semester of undergraduate study upon completion of participating in SUROP.
  • Non-KSU applicants will be given prior consideration.
  • Applicants must be available for the entire time period of the program. 
Application Procedure

Early applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis beginning November 1, 2015. Completed applications must be received no later than February 1, 2016.

To apply for participation in SUROP

  • Complete the SUROP application form (application form closed on Feb. 2). You will be required to submit the following documents within the application:
    • Brief statement of purpose (1-2 pages double spaced) that includes academic and career goals, research interests and explains why you desire to participate in SUROP. Also identify one or more K-State faculty members with whom you would be interested in working with and explain why you would like to work with them (see available faculty members in the list of participating departments above). 

    • Curriculum vitae (CV).

  • Request TWO FACULTY MEMBERS at your home institution to submit letters of recommendation supporting your application to SUROP. Recommendation letter may be faxed to 785-532-2983 or sent as an email attachment to gdschgra@ksu.edu. Hard copies also may be mailed to the address below. 

  • Submit current OFFICIAL transcripts of ALL undergraduate coursework, including grades for Fall 2014. If you have attended multiple colleges or universities, submit transcripts from each institution. 

  • Hard copy materials may be mailed to:

Graduate School-SUROP
Kansas State University
103 Fairchild Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-1103


To avoid a delay in application processing, please include SUROP in the address when mailing materials.

Kansas State University

Kansas State University is the land-grant university in the state of Kansas. During the academic year, approximately 23,500 students enroll, including approximately 4,000 graduate students. Manhattan, Kansas (population 51,000) is located in the rolling Flint Hills of northeast Kansas, just south of Tuttle Creek Reservoir. Manhattan is two hours west of Kansas City and about 50 minutes west of the capital city of Kansas, Topeka.

Previous SUROP participants