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Greetings from the Interim Vice President:

Now that national, state, and local health guidelines are permitting a full return to research and creative activities at Kent State, the excitement is palpable. Summer, usually a quiet time on a college campus, seems bustling as faculty, staff and students are returning to full capacity in their labs and studios.

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program (an 8-week intense research experience in which undergraduates spend two months of the summer working with a faculty member) is in full swing and listening to the SURE students describe their research always astounds me as I realize the breadth of high-quality collaborative research that occurs daily on our campus.

Faculty are working to address large-scale public health concerns in a number of innovative ways such as designing safer and more efficient trauma rooms, addressing drug resistance in breast cancer patients, identifying possible targets to prevent the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease, and using art history to better understand social injustice.

In addition to providing answers to questions of immense societal relevance, these research programs provide opportunities for students of all levels to engage in life-changing research experiences. One of the most gratifying aspects of my job is receiving emails from alumni explaining that their prior participation in undergraduate research cemented a passion for discovery resulting in a not-previously-considered career path.

Whether the great ideas and innovative solutions of tomorrow are born in a lab on one of our campuses or are developed through one of our many partnerships with business, industry, community, and other academic institutions, Kent State is positioned to make substantive contributions and major breakthroughs across myriad avenues of innovation and scholarly pursuit.

Our website is just one resource, and our dedicated staff are always ready and willing to assist, so please do not hesitate to contact any member of our team with questions or concerns.

Douglas L. Delahanty, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs