Research conducted by nine Fort Hays State University undergraduate students will be featured on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the rotunda of the Capitol in Topeka with work from other public four-year Kansas institutions.
Sponsored by the Council of Chief Research Officers of the Kansas Board of Regents, the first Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol will highlight student research experiences. The public is invited.
Research Day will showcase the work of up to 80 Kansas undergraduate students representing each of the state's public four-year institutions. Students work under the direction of faculty researchers. Scientific posters illustrating the research projects will be on display in the Rotunda, and the students will be present from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. to explain their work to legislators and visitors.
The projects are from a broad range of disciplines, including education, health, agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, energy, transportation, manufacturing, environment and social services. Students are from all regions of Kansas.
This event will demonstrate the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate in research at state institutions. Undergraduate students who participate in research develop important skills to further the economic growth of the state.
A competitive application process was held at each four-year university. Participants represent Fort Hays State University, the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Kansas State University, Washburn University, Pittsburg State University and the University of Kansas Medical Center.
Fort Hays State University’s Undergraduate Research Experience initiative supports high quality opportunities for student participation in research. The Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects in the Graduate School provided coordination for this statewide event.
Five of the FHSU students are enrolled in the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science (KAMS), which is hosted by Fort Hays State University.