Supporting students, mentors, and instructors engaged in research.

Mentor Awards

The Center offers two awards to recognize undergraduate research mentors:


K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Award: $1,000
Eligibility: any KU Lawrence campus tenure-track or tenured faculty member.
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Undergraduate Research Mentor Award

Award: $1,000
Eligibility: any KU Lawrence Campus non-tenure-track faculty member, instructor, staff member, postdoctoral researcher, or graduate student.
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Research teaches critical thinking and problem solving — top skills sought by employers
The Research Experience Program has certified more than 2,000 students since 2005
KU is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research
More than 1,200 students have received Undergraduate Research Awards since 1986
More than 150 mentors sponsored undergraduate projects through the Center for Undergraduate Research each year
KU's first valedictorian, Flora Richardson, conducted research as an undergraduate before graduating in 1873
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Students who perform research develop strong relationships with KU faculty
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