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K-State Today Student Edition

April 17, 2014

Apply now for a Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award

Submitted by Sarah Hoyt

K-State Libraries encourages students to apply now for the new Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award. The award, which will be given annually at the end of the spring semester, is funded by a gift to K-State Libraries from Philip and Jeune Kirmser.

The award recognizes three major categories:

  • Individual freshman projects — $1,000 grand prize
  • Individual undergraduate projects, non-freshman — $1,000 grand prize
  • Undergraduate group project — minimum $2,000 grand prize

Additional honorable mention awards will be acknowledged in each category. The application deadline is April 25.

"We are so grateful to the Kirmser estate for the generous gift that will allow us to honor undergraduate research success," says Lori Goetsch, dean of K-State Libraries.

While faculty members have been encouraged to nominate outstanding undergraduate projects, students are welcome to apply without the initial faculty nomination.

Jason Coleman, undergraduate librarian and Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award Committee chair, says, "We're working with a short application period this year, but we at K-State Libraries didn't want 2014 to slip by without acknowledging the outstanding academic undergraduate work generated on this campus."

Award criteria:

  • Recipients must be undergraduate students who completed research projects in any area of study from July 1, 2013, through April 25. Projects must have been completed as a requirement for a K-State course.
  • At least 50 percent of the research work must have been completed while the applicant was enrolled at K-State as an undergraduate.
  • Use of K-State Libraries' resources to complete the project is highly encouraged.
  • Projects will be scored based on creativity, organization, appropriateness of scope, quality of presentation and appropriateness of attributions.

For more information and complete guidelines, visit the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award website.