Center for Undergraduate Research

May 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

May 15: final review date for the Undergraduate Travel Award for the Spring 2013 semester

May 17:
application deadline for students interested in getting Research Experience Program certification this semester 

May 24: submission deadline for KU's Journal of Undergraduate Research

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Faculty Mentors Honored    


Nominees for the 2013 K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award were recognized at KU's Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 27.  The award honors the contribution of outstanding undergraduate research mentors to their students' development and to their own discipline. The award is administered through KU's Center for Undergraduate Research, and it comes with a $1,000 award.  The selected faculty were nominated through their home departments, and are listed below: 


2013 Award Winners:

Cima Katz, Visual Art

Adrian Melott, Physics & Astronomy

2013 Honorable Mentions:

Paula Fite, Clinical Child Psychology & Applied Behavioral Science

Cheryl Lester, American Studies & English

2013 Nominees:

Elizabeth Asiedu, Economics

Leslie Bennett, Theatre

Nate Brunsell, Geography

Robert Fiorentino, Linguistics

Kathryn Gerry, Art History

John Karanicolas, Molecular Biosciences

Tracey LaPierre, Sociology

Renee Perelmutter, Slavic Languages & Literatures

Phil Vardiman, Health, Sport & Exercise Science

Hongguo Xu, Math


Please join us in congratulating all of the nominated mentors!

Journal of Undergraduate Research now Accepting Submissions 

Did you know that KU has its very own undergraduate research journal?  The Journal of Undergraduate Research is now accepting submissions from all undergraduates for publication in the 2013 edition.  This is a great venue for students to share the products of their scholarship.  The deadline for submissions is May 24.

The Journal accepts the following types of work:
  • Research Briefs/ Artist Statements (1-4 pages):  These shorter documents provide a concise overview of your project, and are often reports about projects in-progress or a shorter paper for a class.  Artist statements will be submitted along with images, and should explain the methods, themes, and inspiration of your work.
  • Full manuscripts (7-25 pages):  These longer documents offer a fuller exploration of a topic than a research brief, and are often the results of a larger class paper, capstone project, or senior thesis.

Read more about the Journal of Undergraduate Research... 


Get Recognized for your Research: KU's Research Experience Program

Undergraduate students interested in highlighting their research experiences in their resumes and applications should consider applying for KU's Research Experience Program, a certification that recognizes students' undergraduate research experiences with an official notation on their KU transcript.  To complete the certificate, students take coursework and conduct an independent research project.  The full list of qualifying courses, as well as more details about the certification, can be found on our website:

Graduating seniors interested in receiving REP certification: you must complete the online application form before you graduate to be eligible.  The deadline for applying is May 17th!

Interested?  Learn more about REP here...

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

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