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Picture of Alison Olcott, Director for the Center for Undergraduate Research
Strong Hall, room 151

Alison directs the Center for Undergraduate Research and oversees all programming.

Assistant Director for Faculty Initiatives
Strong Hall, room 151

Nicole supports faculty and staff in their roles as research mentors and instructors, directs communications efforts, and manages the Undergraduate Research Awards.

Photo of Samiya Rasheed, Student Assitant at the Center for Undergraduate Research

Samiya assists with the communications and social media platforms of the Center. 

Graduate Student Assistant

Samadia assists with the Emerging Scholars Program.

Picture of Dawn Tallchief, Assistant Director for the Center for Undergraduate Research
Assistant Director for Student Programs
Strong Hall, room 151

Dawn oversees student programming at the Center for Undergraduate Research, including the Emerging Scholars Program.

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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