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.

Research Opportunities

Chemistry Research Opportunities Physics Research Opportunities Psychology Research Opportunities
College of Arts and Sciences Funding Opportunities Research Assistantships at the Stark Campus News: Quartet of Psychology Students Present Research Findings
Undergraduate Research Symposium College of Education Health and Human Services -  School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences Research Opportunities. Biological Sciences Research Opportunities

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.


Upcoming KSU Research Events

Undergraduate Symposium for Research and Creative Activity
Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 1 - 5 p.m.
Kent Student Center.
4th Annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
College of Wooster.
Graduate Research Symposium
Friday, April 21, 2017, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Kent Student Center
Annual Student Conference
— Stark Campus

Thursday, April 28, 2017.
Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. on March 27, 2017


Upcoming Non-KSU Research Events

Posters on The Hill — Washington D.C.
Date Pending Congressional Calendar
Submission Period CLOSED.
31st Annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research
April 6-8, 2017
University of Memphis Submission Period CLOSED.
Ohio Academy of Science Meeting
April 15 - 16, 2017
Submissions Accepted Jan. 1 — Feb. 27
University of Cincinnati