The graduate school process, by its very nature, revolves around research, but there also are many different ways for undergraduates to get involved in research on campus. Eligible students from all departments can receive credit for research participation under the guidance of a faculty mentor by registering for courses such as Individual Investigation or Senior Honors Thesis. Undergraduate research assistant positions (often volunteer but sometimes paid) are available in many departments. Local, national, and international undergraduate research opportunities are also available. Internships or research programs, such as the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, offer intensive research experience and can include a stipend or other compensation. Fieldwork is another exciting option for those with interests in disciplines such as anthropology or geology. Graduate students looking for additional opportunities or support also can contact the Division of Graduate Studies.
Undergraduate Student Research Travel
Kent State undergraduate students who are presenting the results of their research or creative work at a regional, national, or international conference
or KSU undergraduates who wish to attend a conference because of an interest in conducting research in the future may request financial support from the Office of Student Research.
- Student Presenters – maximum $500 award. Conference Attendees – maximum $250 award
- Students must complete the Request for Undergraduate Research Travel Request Form and submit a faculty letter of support (see a sample letter)
- Students may receive the award once each year and must be in good standing with the University
- Applications for the awards should be receive no less than 14 days prior to travel
- Students must document conference attendance
- Students receiving awards are strongly encouraged to participate in the Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship and Creativity.
Funds are limited. For more information about the allocation of funds, see the travel funding guidelines.