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November 20, 2019

Opportunity for STEM faculty members to participate in 2020 summer research program

Submitted by KS-LSAMP

The Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, known as KS-LSAMP, is looking for science, technology, engineering or math faculty members to participate in the 2020 Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM, or RiPS, summer program.

This is an eight-week summer research program that will occur from May 26 to July 22, 2020. The program aims to provide a research experience for students enrolled at KS-LSAMP associated postsecondary institutions — Barton Community College, Donnelly College, Dodge City Community College, Garden City Community College and Seward County Community College — to increase engagement of underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Students are paired with faculty mentors based on their stated interests. During the program, student participants are expected to commit 30-35 hours per week to their research experience. This may include conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data, library work or other research-related activities. The program culminates with students completing a research abstract and presenting a research poster for the K-State community.

Faculty mentors interested in participating should be available to work with students throughout the majority of the eight-week program. We encourage mentors to meet regularly with student participants during their research experience as well as be available for social gatherings that occur throughout the summer.

If you are interested in serving as a faculty mentor, please fill out the faculty interest form, by Dec. 20. Interested faculty will be added to the information provided to potential applicants. Once students are selected, their interest will be aligned with potential faculty mentor research areas.

The program provides an immersive experience and aims to ease students' transition from their current postsecondary institutions to K-State by providing interactions among student participants, faculty members and various K-State resources throughout the summer. The KS-LSAMP program supports student participants by providing a stipend for their participation as well as providing lodging and meals during the eight-week program.

If you have questions about the RiPS program, please contact Brenee King, KS-LSAMP project administrator at breneek@k-state.edu

View information about previous RiPS participants and mentors on the KS-LSAMP blog.

For more information about the KS-LSAMP program, please visit the website