With guidance from faculty mentors, summer programs provide research, academic opportunities for undergraduate student


Students from colleges and universities across the U.S. came to Kansas State University to spend part of the summer focusing on undergraduate research and academics.

During their nine to 10 weeks at the university, the students participated in seminars coordinated by the Graduate School, attended special networking events, prepared and documented research, learned how to apply for graduate school and visited local scientific locations like the Konza Prairie Biological Station.

Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School and professor of hospitality management and dietetics, said that the summer programs provided the students with excellent opportunities to engage in research with university faculty and graduate students.

"Through these programs, undergraduate students are able to experience the graduate school environment and interact with faculty and mentors across campus," Shanklin said. "These programs are a successful recruitment tool and many of our summer participants apply to the Graduate School to pursue their graduate education and further their research experiences."

The summer programs included:

Research Experiences for Undergraduates, known as REUs, are supported by the National Science Foundation. This year's experiences were offered in biology; chemistry; climate change; earth, wind and fire; EPSCoR; math; physics; and sustainable bioenergy. Faculty coordinators and directors included Bruce Snyder and Ari Jumpponen, biology; Chris Culbertson, chemistry; Keith Rutlin, climate change and sustainable bioenergy; Larry Erickson and Keith Hohn, earth, wind and fire; Jun Li, EPSCoR; Marianne Korten, mathematics; and Kristan Corwin and Larry Weaver, physics.

For a video about the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates, visit: youtube.com/watch?v=zbTyblzZI4Q&feature=share&list=EC044E23A8D77E3F98

Faculty mentors for the physics program included:

Physics REU:
Itzik Ben-Itzhak, Tim Bolton, Brett Esry, Bret Flanders, Glenn Horton-Smith, Matthias Kling, Sanjay Rebello, Eleanor Sayre, Jeremy Schmit, Chris Sorensen and Brian Washburn, physics
Viktor Chikan, chemistry

For a video about the physics REU, visit: youtube.com/watch?v=2cyTgVoioto&feature=share&list=EC044E23A8D77E3F98

"The participation of these dedicated faculty members who spent their summer mentoring these undergraduates is essential to the success of these programs," Shanklin said. "The students in these programs leave the university having had a quality research experience and understanding the importance of quality mentoring to research success."

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