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Impact of Emerging Scholars


How much an Emerging Scholar can earn their first year, working 4-7 hours per week at $10/hour.


Average number of first year Emerging Scholars (2016-2018).


Number of mentors offering a position through the Emerging Scholars Program (2016-2019). Faculty mentors represent all different departments: Arts (6%), Humanities (18%), Engineering (9%), Social Sciences (35%), and Natural Sciences (32%).


of Emerging Scholars would recommend the program to new students.


of Emerging Scholars said the program helped them adjust to their first year of college.


of Emerging Scholars reported gains in their comfort in talking with a professor as a result of participating in the program.

“Having a positive relationship with my mentor has been imperative in my success here at the University of Kansas.”

Ellee Rogers, English

“Research has shown me a career path within my major that I had never before considered, and probably wouldn’t have considered if it weren’t for interacting with it through this program.”

Shelby Arrieta, Civil Engineering

“Being in research taught me not only time management and communication skills, but it taught me about what I want to pursue and what piques my interest.”

Kaci Zarek, Environmental Studies

*Survey data from 33 first-year Emerging Scholars in March, 2019.


of Emerging Scholars mentors said that their student made a productive contribution to their research.


of surveyed mentors said they would participate in the Emerging Scholars Program again.

“I believe in this program; it's rewarding for faculty as well as students.”

Faculty mentor, 2019

“[Emerging Scholars] is a fantastic program that connects incoming students with faculty and helps develop a sense of community and belonging. The program also opens up a new world for many students who previously did not have experiential knowledge conducting research.”

Faculty mentor, 2019

*Survey data from 27 faculty mentor respondents in May, 2019.


Average GPA of Emerging Scholars their first year at KU (compared to 2.77 for Pell-eligible students).


Number of average cumulative credit hours after year 1 for Emerging Scholars (compared to 24.9 for Pell-eligible students).


of Emerging Scholars progressed to sophomore status after year 1 (compared to 57.8% for Pell-eligible students).

*Data is only from the 2017-2018 cohort of Emerging Scholars.

$500: KU's cost to support an Emerging Scholar for their entire first year

87% of Emerging Scholars retained to 2nd year vs. 74% of Pell-eligible students not in the program

96% of Emerging Scholars mentors said they felt supported by the Center for Undergraduate Research.


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