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Kansas Undergraduate Research Days

Each year, KU selects undergraduate students to share their research and creative projects with state lawmakers along with students from other Kansas Board of Regents institutions. The pandemic forced this event to be held online and it will be held online again in 2023.

Kansas Undergraduate

Research Day at the Capitol

Official event day is

Wednesday, March 1st beginning at 8:00AM for the entire day.

The event will be active through Friday, March 3rd, 2023

This is an online, asynchronous event.

Event website: FORTHCOMING

  • Five KU students will be selected to join their peers from the other Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) public four-year universities.
  • Research projects that impact and benefit the state of Kansas are preferred but not required.
  • Students will present their research virtually in poster format to legislators and other members of state government.
  • The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty members in research at KBOR universities.
  • All full-time, currently enrolled undergraduate students in good academic standing are eligible.
  • Students in all majors and of all nationalities are encouraged to apply.
  • Presenters will be required to attend a one-hour presenter's workshop - (TBD based on availability of presenters.)
  • Selected presenters will be provided an email template and they will be expected to email their Kansas hometown legislators by 11:59 PM on February 1, 2023.
  • You will need to have a student biographical statement of no more than 125 words for the application. 
  • Please be aware that student presentation materials must be uploaded to the event site by 11:59 PM on Sunday, February 26, 2023 using the submission link that will be provided to each presenter.
  • This online, asynchronous and public event will be officially active as of 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 1st.for the entire day.
  • The event will be available through 5:00 PM Friday, March 3rd.
  • Presenters should plan on checking and responding to comments on their presentation at least twice (AM & PM) each day of the event.

To apply:

  • Click on this link to apply. The application deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM on Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Applicants will be notified of selection decisions no later than 5:00 PM on Friday, January 20, 2023.

The application form includes:

  • A brief abstract written for a general audience; and
  • A brief explanation of how the research impacts and benefits the state of Kansas.

FAQs

If you need help writing the abstract, consider visiting the KU Writing Center and/or seek advice from your research mentor(s). These abstract examples may be helpful too! 

Yes. Many students will be in the middle of a research project in February. We encourage these students to present at the event and share with others their research questions, what work has already been accomplished, and what work is yet to be done.

The Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for a select group of undergraduate students to share their research with state of Kansas decision makers. You will also have the opportunity to view and comment on presentations by your peers from other Kansas universities.

Please complete the online application prior to the deadline.

Yes. The Center for Undergraduate Research will host a presentation preparation meeting before the Kansas Undergraduate Research Days event to assist students in designing a poster of their research and to prepare them to present.