Broader Impacts

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program prepares undergraduates for graduate study, with the goal of increasing the number of Ph.D. recipients from underrepresented socio-economic and ethnic groups. Scholars receive preparation in the form of classes, colloquia, advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, and the completion of a Summer Research Internship.

Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

The K-State Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering works to increase the participation, retention and advancement of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The office serves as home of the ADVANCE, SUCCEED, EXCITE! and GROW programs.

Girls Researching Our World (GROW)

GROW is designed for all students in sixth through eighth grades. The goal of the program is to increase girls’ interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines through hands-on activities.

Exploring Science, Technology, and Engineering (EXCITE)

EXCITE is designed to encourage and support students in the 9th-12th grades to pursue a future in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and agriculture. The goal of the program is to foster girls’ continuing interest in STEM through hands-on activities.


The SUCCEED program creates opportunities for women to flourish in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, fields. Undergraduate and graduate students can serve as mentors to middle and high school students, share in mentoring connections with alumnae, and network with faculty and other students in STEM.


ADVANCE provides events and networking opportunities for women postdoctoral researchers and faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines at K-State.

Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI)

Through a network of researchers, communicators, and community partners, the Kansas Science Communication Initiative (KSCI) seeks to engage communities in understanding, enthusiastically promoting, and actively participating in science and research.

Sunset Zoo

Sunset Zoo's Education Department offers a variety of classes and programs to provide community members an up-close exploration of the natural world. The department even cares for a collection of Education Animal Ambassadors who, along with trained staff, are featured in many of the Zoo's programs.

Flint Hills Discovery Center

The Flint Hills Discover Center is a 35,000 square foot facility that celebrates the geology, biology, and history of the Flint Hills of Kansas. Guests of all ages will enjoy exploring over 10,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and exciting temporary exhibitions, as well as a one-of-a-kind theater experience and prairie-inspired outdoor plazas.

K-State Research and Extension

K-State Research and Extension is a statewide network of educators sharing unbiased, research-based information and expertise on issues important to Kansas. It is dedicated to a safe, sustainable, competitive food and fiber system and to strong, healthy communities, families, and youth through integrated research, analysis and education.

K-State Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP)

SUROP provides undergraduate students with a first-hand look at the process and excitement of discovery through research. During this 9-week program, students will work closely with one or more faculty members and their research team. This experience is designed to help students prepare for graduate school.