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Developing Scholars

Application Information for the 2023-2024 Academic Year

To apply for the Developing Scholars Undergraduate Research Program (starting in Fall 2023), click to purple button below. Please read all details before you apply.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2023-2024 cohort

Program Eligibility

  • Undergraduate student from historically underrepresented* background
    • “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.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA (contact ourci@ksu.edu if questions/comments about GPA cut-off)
  • No prior research experience (if unsure, contact ourci@ksu.edu)
  • Prefrence given to early career students (incoming freshmen, transfer students etc. Students with more than one year at K-State may be considered)

The following items are also required for the application:

  • Letter of Reference: Include a letter of recommendation on letterhead from a teacher or counselor, faculty member or academic advisor (include address and phone number). The name, position, address and phone number should be listed on the letter. The letter should include information about your academic preparedness, leadership qualities, potential success in a research program and information about your overall character.
  • Resume: Include information regarding academics, leadership, and community service.
  • Transcript: (unofficial copies okay)
  • Completion of the following essay questions (2,500 characters each):
    • Tell us how your cultural background and interactions have shaped the person you are today as well as the person you hope to become. Include examples of how you have overcome personal adversity.
    • What lights your fire! Think of three things that you are most intersted inor excited about to research.
    • What are your career goals and why do you wish to pursue them? How will the DSP program help you achieve your goals?

Applications should be submitted through the on-line survey. Letters of recommendation can be emailed to ourci@ksu.edu (preferred) OR mailed to The Developing Scholars Program, 215 Fairchild Hall, 1601 Vattier St. Manhattan, KS 66506.

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*Please direct questions to ourci@ksu.edu