Claim your curiosity.


Undergraduate Paul Thomas conducts research in archaeology at a church in Franklin County, Kansas.
Undergraduate Paul Thomas conducts research in archaeology at a church in Franklin County, Kansas.

Ways we help:


Visit our drop-in office hours (Fridays from 10am-12pm) during the fall or spring semester or schedule an appointment to learn more about how to get involved in research at KU or to share how your research is going. We also work with students writing research proposals for campus and national awards.


Skill Development

We lead a variety of workshops related to research proposal writing and presentation skills. If we can't help, we'll point you in the direction of the campus resources that can.


Financial Support

We hold competitions each semester for Undergraduate Research Awards and Student Travel Awards.



Through our awards, student spotlights, and the Undergraduate Research Symposium we highlight your research accomplishments. We also use Twitter and Facebook to highlight department-sponsored symposia, special events, and awards.


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Volunteer Research Opportunities

See below for a listing of volunteer research opportunities available at KU.  Students will need to create an account through to view opportunities.  Keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list of all research opportunities on campus, so visit our Getting Started page for other ideas for finding a research opportunity!

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
Highlight your research on your transcript: Get certified through the Research Experience Program
Use research to apply what you learned in the classroom to a real problem
Students who perform research develop strong relationships with KU faculty
Research is a hands-on way to explore career options
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report