About our award-winning program
What is DSP?
DSP is a program within the larger Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. DSP offers high-achieving, serious-minded, historically underrepresented* students research projects in their field of study with faculty mentors. Scholars will receive academic, social, and financial support while becoming integrated into the intellectual climate of the university.
Scholars will enroll in an introductory research seminar course for each semester of their first year. Additionally, all Scholars will attend monthly meetings consisting of team-building, lectures, presentations, and community service.
*Note: “Historically Underrepresented” is defined as an undergraduate student who is first generation of any background or is a member of a group that has been historically underrepresented in higher education. Students who do not fit this profile are invited to consider the OURCI Grants program for possible research matches or view the OURCI Clearinghouse for research projects. All undergraduate students in pursuit of undergraduate research placement are welcome to visit one-on-one with OURCI staff for further guidance.
What does DSP provide?
- Structured, faculty-supported opportunities for selected students who typically have not been well-represented in higher education in Kansas
- Research experience in any field of study that K-State offers from the sciences, the humanities, education, business, agriculture, the arts, and everything in-between
- A motivated peer group of achievers and leaders
- A positive and supportive climate in which to develop intellectually and socially
- A network of mentors across campus and beyond
- A guided pathway to a rewarding future
- An award-winning staff to assist with the journey