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K-State Today

September 26, 2019

Call for faculty mentors: 2020 Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program

Submitted by Claudia Tedoni

The Graduate School is searching for potential faculty mentors for the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, known as SUROP, for summer 2020. SUROP is designed to provide research experience to undergraduate students who have an interest in pursuing graduate study. This program is intended for non-K-State undergraduate students.

SUROP participants are expected to spend 40 hours per week working on research-related activities — e.g. literature reviews, data collection, analyses, etc. Participants also are required to attend weekly seminars and are expected to attend other events coordinated by the Graduate School. The seminars provide participants with valuable information about research and the graduate school experience. Other events and activities may be educational in nature and serve to promote interaction among SUROP participants and participants of other K-State undergraduate summer research programs. Mentors are asked to plan research activities around weekly seminars and other scheduled events.

Graduate faculty interested in serving as mentors must be available during the majority of the nine-week program — approximately late May to late July — and should have regular and frequent interactions with their SUROP student. Mentors are strongly encouraged to participate in social events and other activities hosted by SUROP and Research Experience for Undergraduates coordinators. For each SUROP participant mentored by its faculty, a department must contribute $2,000 to assist with the total cost of supporting the SUROP participant.

K-State graduate faculty members interested in serving as a SUROP mentor in summer 2020 should express their interest via email to Claudia Tedoni at gdschgra@k-state.edu by Friday, Oct. 25.

If you have any questions regarding the SUROP program, contact Claudia Tedoni at gdschgra@k-state.edu or Megan Miller at mmmiller@k-state.edu