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Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

Funding Opportunities

College of Arts & Sciences Research Awards

College of Arts & Sciences Research Awards are available each semester

Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (K-INBRE)

K-INBRE supports undergraduates participating in biomedical research. See Funding Opportunities & Awards for more information on the different programs.

Freshmen K-INBRE Research Scholars

This program is intended for first-year students who are interested in careers in biomedical research. Currently being in a lab is NOT required. Accepted students will be assisted in finding a lab if they are not already part of one. Students are awarded up to $3,600 for a commitment of 300 hours per year. Contact Dr. Sherry D. Fleming (sdflemin@ksu.edu) for more information.

Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award

The Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award is for students (individual and groups) who completed a research project for a K-State course during the current school year and incorporated library resources.

  • Individual award: $1,000
  • Group award: up to $1,000 per student

Mark Chapman Scholars Program

The Mark Chapman Scholars program aids College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate students as they pursue meaningful summer projects or activities related to their future career goals. Students are awarded $5,000 ($3,000 in funding for the summer experience; $2,000 for the following academic year). Students must be first or second-years.

General Research Opportunities

American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) Database

APSA maintains a database of research opportunities which can be sorted by focus, length, years eligible, stipend, and application deadline. 

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Summer Undergraduate Research Programs

The AAMC maintains a database of summer undergraduate research programs.

Científico Latino

Cientifíco Latino maintains a database of fellowships that can be sorted by type, citizenship/immigration status (US), and/or nationality. 

Immigrants Rising

Immigrants Rising maintains lists of undergraduate and graduate research and funding opportunities. The opportunities on these lists do not require proof of US citizenship or legal permanent residency.

Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science maintains a database of 1,000+ STEM research programs and funding opportunities nationwide, with the goal  of increasing the number of underrrepresented students in STEM. Pathways to Science also maintains a Twitter account dedicated solely to posting about opportunities.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds research opportunities for undergraduate students through the REU program. Participants are granted stipends and often assistance with housing and travel. See their website for more information and a search engine. 

Eligibility: US citizen or permanent resident

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

This research experience for undergraduates is from June 5-August 18, 2023 and is an opportunity to explore the research topic: understanding the effects of ocean acidification and hypoxia on eastern oyster. On-site housing and a $6,000 stipend is provided.

To apply, send the following information to Kim.deMutsert@usm.edu by April 15, 2023.

- Copy of unofficial transcripts

- Contact information for two academic references

- CV

- One-page statement of interest in summer research, academic goals, and previous research experience

Learn more about this opportunity and the University of Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Laboratory at their website


UndocuSTEM provides a list of STEM research opportunities for undocumented undergraduates. All of these research programs run during a 8-10 week summer session and typically provide a stipend (often $3000-$7000), lodging, meals, and/or travel expenses. 









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OURCI Grant Recipient Spotlight



With a major in Microbiology and a minor in Spanish, Alexandria Bontrager is set up for success. But how did she get started? Her mentor, Dr. Erika Geisbrecht, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, presented the idea of participating in a lab before Bontrager’s freshman year. Now, Bontrager studies the muscles of fruit flies in hopes of understanding diabetes, obesity and cancer to characterize new drugs to help patients. As everyone knows, research isn’t easy, but Bontrager has gained the knowledge of accepting and learning from her mistakes, and crafting a better approach towards failures. She believes research is a great way to pursue curiosity from classroom learning. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry (OURCI) Travel Grant helped Bontrager focus on her studies and excel in school.