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Emerging Scholars Application

This application will open on May 11, 2017. Please check back then to apply by our June 1 priority deadline.


Emerging Scholars are first year (freshmen or transfer) KU undergraduate students taking part in research through the Federal Work Study Program. You must have been awarded and accepted Federal Work Study funds as part of your KU financial aid package in order to apply.


You do NOT need to have any experience doing research to be an Emerging Scholar. The professor you work with will teach you any necessary skills to complete your work. You just need to be ready to learn.

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