Claim your curiosity.


The Center for Undergraduate Research was formed in August 2012 as a part of the University’s strategic plan, Bold Aspirations.

Our Mission
The Center for Undergraduate Research seeks to transform undergraduate education through research. We do this by working with instructors and mentors to develop and promote curricula and models for mentoring; engaging and advising students in their development as researchers; and by providing campus-wide programs that celebrate undergraduate research at KU.

We work with:

We offer a variety of programs for students as they get involved, learn more, and then share their work;

We support and recognize outstanding mentoring of undergraduate students on the KU campus;

We provide instructor resources, recognition, and unique programs to promote research in the classroom;

We connect with alumni to keep them up to date on their alma mater and to share their success with the research community at KU.

Connect With Us
Research teaches critical thinking and problem solving — top skills sought by employers
KU is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research
More than 1,200 students have received Undergraduate Research Awards since 1986
KU's first valedictorian, Flora Richardson, conducted research as an undergraduate before graduating in 1873
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
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times