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Undergraduate research

Kansas State University is working to increase undergraduate opportunities for research as part of the goal to become a top 50 public university by 2025. Research can be conducted at one of the university's more than 90 research centers. Research opportunities can be found through the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, Developing Scholars, McNair Scholars Program and a program through the National Science Foundation.

Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry

The office serves an interdisciplinary community of researchers and encourages undergraduate students and faculty to realize research's value early in a student's academic career. The office raises the visibility of K-State's strong commitment to excellence in inquiry, investigation and discovery of new knowledge and creative endeavors. For more information, visit the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry.

Developing Scholars

The Developing Scholars Program offers underrepresented students research projects with faculty mentors. Students receive academic, social and financial support while participating in the discovery and creation of new knowledge at Kansas State University. For more information, visit Developing Scholars.

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is federally funded and prepares low-income and first-generation college students, as well as students from groups under-represented in graduate education for doctoral study. A paid eight-week undergraduate research experience with faculty mentors is a major part of this preparation. For more information visit McNair Scholars Program.

Research Experience for Undergraduates 

The National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates, or REU, program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation. K-State has five REU sites that offer 10-week summer research opportunities for undergraduate students. 

BiologyEcology and Evolutionary Biology of Changing Environments: Integrating from Genomes to BiomesDr. Theodore J. Morgan
Chemical EngineeringWind, earth, and fire: Sustainable energy for the 21st CenturyKeith Hohn
ChemistryK-State chemistry REUChris Culbertson
PhysicsLaser-mater Interactions at the Atomic and NanoscaleKristan Corwin

Departmental Undergraduate Research

Summer undergraduate mathematics research

Virginia Naibo

Marianne Korten