Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program
The Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) at Kansas State University (KSU) gives undergraduates from under-represented groups 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 in the SUROP program are supported by partnerships between the K-State Graduate School, the Kansas IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE) and the hosting departments.
Students participating in the SUROP will spend nine weeks during the summer at K-State 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 9-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 program for summer 2017 begins on May 30, 2017 and concludes on Friday, July 28, 2017. Selected participants are expected to arrive to Kansas State University May 28 or 29.
2017 SUROP students
• Celeste Cotton, mentored by Nicholas Wallace, currently studying at Langston University
• Jordan Howard, mentored by Kimberly Kirkpatrick, currently studying at Florida Southern College
• Daniel Miramontes, mentored by Carlos Castellanos, currently studying at San Francisco State University
• Justis Pettit, mentored by Masaaki Tamura, currently studying at Langston University
• Arnaldo Torres, mentored by Ryan Rafferty, currently studying at Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Ponce
• Jalen Thompson, mentored by Karin Westman, currently studying at University of Montevallo
Summer Professional Development Seminars
Undergraduates who are in Manhattan for the summer can get professional development, research, and resume or curriculum vitae experience at Kansas State University.
This summer, the Graduate School is offering a professional development certificate to undergraduate students who attend all five of the professional development seminars.
These seminars are designed to help students prepare for the graduate school experience by covering topics that range from research ethics to networking and building your professional network. All undergraduates are welcome to attend.
The following seminars will be 3-5 p.m. in Fiedler Auditorium:
- June 5: "Preparing for Research"
- June 19: "Graduate School Application Process"
- June 26: "Financial Support for Graduate School"
- July 10: "Effective Oral and Poster Presentations Skills"
- July 17: "Networking and Career Development"
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 2017
This list may be updated throughout the Fall 2016 semester.
Click on the departments below to view lists of faculty members available to serve as mentors and to learn more about their work.
Carlos Castellanos (see Interdisciplinary section below)
Biology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
William Hsu (see Interdisciplinary section below)
Family Studies and Human Services
Horticulture, Forestry, & Recreation Services
Art/Computer Information Sciences
Carlos Castellanos (Art) and William Hsu (Computer Science) are available to co-mentor a student with computer science or engineering background on an interdisciplinary project.
- 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.
We appreciate your interest in SUROP, but we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017 program.