The Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol event is an annual event for undergraduate student researchers and state lawmakers in Topeka.
This event showcases the work of up to 40 Kansas undergraduate students representing each of the state’s eight public 4-year institutions. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty members in research at all state institutions. This event will also emphasize higher education’s role in developing educated citizens and preparing a workforce with the necessary skills to further the economic growth of the state.
Participants include undergraduate students who have been significantly involved in the research enterprise of the university either with their own project or through meaningful involvement with a faculty project. To qualify for this event, participants must:
- be undergraduates during the current academic year;
- have completed research under the guidance of a Kansas 4-year public institution faculty mentor;
- follow the methodology of the appropriate academic discipline;
- be of sufficient quality to be presented at a professional academic meeting;
- have the skills, resources, and capacity to produce a professional academic poster;
- agree to undergo presentation training and rehearse their presentations prior to the Capitol event.
Participants convey their experience and enthusiasm to state representatives, senators, and other state officials in a poster session. Projects from a broad range of disciplines are presented - especially posters that relate to the state of Kansas and issues important to the state legislature (e.g. education, health, agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, energy, transportation, manufacturing, environment, and social services). Up to 5 participants will be selected from each institution.