Center for Undergraduate Research

April 2013

The Center for Undergraduate Research would like to keep you informed about the opportunities and accomplishments surrounding undergraduate research here at KU. Please forward this message to students, faculty, and staff who might be interested and encourage them to sign up for our mailing list.

Upcoming Deadlines

April 10: department nomination deadline for the Schowen Mentor Award

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NSF Funding for New REU Site 


Professor Jennifer Gleason, in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB), has been awarded funding for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) summer program through the National Science Foundation. The program, titled "Models in Evolution, Ecology and Systematics," will bring undergraduate students to campus for ten weeks to provide professional training and hands-on experiences as undergraduate researchers.  REU programs at KU primarily accept students from other universities; KU undergraduate students can view a list of REU opportunities on the NSF's website.  


Learn more about the new REU Program... 

Upcoming Undergraduate Research Events  

With the end of the spring semester in sight, there are a host of events scheduled that will feature undergraduate researchers' discoveries made during the academic year.  See the list below for some upcoming undergraduate research events:
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium: an annual event at KU that celebrates the diversity of undergraduate research and creative activities across campus.  Sponsored by the Center for Undergraduate Research.
    • Date: Saturday, April 27th, 1:00 pm
    • Location: Kansas Union 
  • Global Scholars Symposium: an event featuring the undergraduate research projects of the initial cohort of the Global Scholars Program. Sponsored by the Office of International Programs.
    • Date: Saturday, April 20th, 8:30 am-5:00 pm. 
    • Location: Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union  
  • KUCTC Innovation Fair: an event featuring the entrepreneurial ideas and translational research of KU undergraduate and graduate students.  Accepting applications from students wishing to present until April 14th.  Sponsored by the KU Center for Technology Commercialization.
    • Date: Tuesday, April 30
    • Location: Ballroom, Kansas Union
  • Office for Diversity in Science Training Annual Research Symposium:  an afternoon featuring the research of students participating in one of the programs offered through the Office for Diversity in Science Training.
    • Date: Tuesday, April 16, 4:00-6:00
    • Location: Tecumseh Hall, Haskell Indian Nations University campus 
Center Hires New Program Coordinator

The Center for Undergraduate Research is pleased to announce that Dyan Morgan will be joining our staff as the new Program Coordinator. Dyan will join assistant director Nicole Perry and director John Augusto as the three full-time staff within the Center on Monday, April 15, 2013.


Dr. Morgan graduated from KU in 2005 with her bachelor's degree in biology while completing  an undergraduate research experience with Dr. Vicki Corbin. She went on to receive her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011, where she was a HHMI Teaching Fellow for the Wisconsin Program for Scientific Teaching. Before joining the Center, Dr. Morgan worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. Erik Lundquist and was supported by the  IRACDA Program here at KU.


Dr. Morgan will coordinate the Arts Engagement certificate program, the Undergraduate Research Awards, and the Research Experience Program. She will also work with students and faculty to foster and communicate undergraduate research opportunities across the campus.

KU is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

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