Silhouette of student standing in the dome of the capitol building

Kansas Undergraduate Day at the Capitol

Each year, KU takes undergraduate students to the state capitol in Topeka to share their research and creative projects with state lawmakers alongside students from other Kansas Board of Regents institutions.

Day at the Capitol Details

The application deadline is TBD

Event takes place TBD

  • 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 in poster board 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.
  • We will be using VidGrid through Fort Hays State University as the presentation platform for this online event. Selected students will receive KU's VidGrid guest recorder link in their notification email.
  • ​​Selected presenters will be provided an email template and they will be expected to email their Kansas hometown legislators by February 1, 2021.
  • Please be aware that student presentation materials will be due by 8:00AM on February 15, 2021 to cur@ku.edu
  • Presentations will be reviewed and approved by 5:00PM, February 17, 2021.
  • Presenters should plan on checking and responding to comments on their presentation at least twice (AM & PM) each day of the event.

To apply:

  • Complete the application prior to 11:59 pm, Monday, January 4, 2021.

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, seeking advice from your research mentor(s), or stopping by our office during Drop-in Office Hours on Fridays from 10am-noon.

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 is an opportunity for a select group of undergraduate students to share their research with decision makers in the Kansas Capitol. You will also have the opportunity to visit with your peers from other Kansas universities.

Please complete the online application prior to the deadline.

Yes. The Center for Undergraduate Research will host a workshop before the Day at the Capitol to assist students in designing a poster of their research and to prepare them to speak with legislators.

Yes.  Lunch and transportation will be provided on the day of the event.