Kent State Events

Upcoming Events


Beginning Research and Drafting a Proposal

4 PM Monday, February 6, 2023 | Design Innovation Hub 247

Join the Environmental Science and Design Research Institute for this interactive, introductory workshop helps students get started with their research journey. Bringing a laptop will allow you to interact as we explore finding scholarly sources, writing a proposal, and software designed to help researchers. Learn more at the event's page.


Explore Research Opportunities with Office of Student Research and McNair Scholars Program

5pm February 7 | 316 KSC

Join us as the Office of Student Research comes together with McNair Scholars Program to showcase the reserach opportunities offered through both programs. More information to come.


Authoring an Awesome Abstract

Feb 20 from 6-7:30PM | Moulton Ballroom

Join us in the Moulton Ballroom February 20th from 6-7:30pm to learn the ins and outs of authoring an awesome abstract. Hear about the standard practices of abstract writing, what to include in an abstract, and receive pointers on your abstracts. Space is limited, and we only have 20 seats available! Please fill out this Qualtrics form to register!


Extended Deadline for SURE Application

Monday, February 27 at 8AM

The deadline for subbmiting a SURE application has been extended to Monday, Feb 27th at 8AM. Submit your application for the SURE 2023 program by February 27. Space is limited! Apply early!


Nominations Due for 2023 Excellence in Undergraduate and Graduate Research Mentorship Awards

February 27 by 5PM

KSU Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, and Alumni are invited to nominate a Kent State faculty member for the Excellence in Research Mentorship Award. These awards, sponsored by the Office of Student Research and the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs, are intended to recognize faculty members who have effectively guided and supported students through undergraduate or graduate research, scholarship, or artistic production. Kent State faculty members (tenured, tenure track, non-tenure track, lecturers, adjunct, etc.) on all campuses are eligible for nomination. If you have been involved in research and were mentored by an exceptional faculty member, please consider completing an application, which includes a nomination form, letter of support for the nominee from a KSU faculty member, and a letter of support for the nominee from an additional mentee.

To review nomination criteria and to submit a nomination application, please visit our website.


McNair Scholars Program Now Accepting Applications

Are you an undergraduate student who would like to pursue a Master and/or Doctorate degree right after graduation? The McNair Scholars Program prepares first generation, low-income undergraduate students from underrepresented groups for doctoral studies.

Located in the Center for Undergraduate Excellence on Kent State’s campus, the McNair Scholars Program provides students with resources such as:

  • Paid research opportunities
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Workshops to develop soft skills, networking, and more
  • Graduate school application assistance
  • Opportunities to engage and participate in research conferences

To be eligible, you must

  1. Have a 2.80 GPA and/or higher
  2. Must be a U.S citizen or permanent resident
  3. Must be a first-generation college student who meets income guidelines OR from an ethnic group underrepresented in a doctoral program (African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaskan, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)

Check out the article about the McNair Scholars Program by clicking here

If you meet the qualifications and would like to apply, please click here to learn how to apply. Any questions can be referred to 


8th Annual Kent State Environmental Science and Design Research Symposium

April 13-14, 2023 | Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Environmental Science and Design Research Institute is offering its 8th annual research symposium April 13-14, 2023. This year’s theme is Environmental Justice, Ecology, and Race. The 2023 ESDRI Symposium theme, 'Environmental Justice, Ecology, and Race', will call attention to issues concerning structural inequality; disparity and natural processes; climate justice; environmental conflicts and activism; and equitable environmental design. The event is free to all. Registration Required. Learn more at the ESDRI's webpage.


Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Extended abstract submission deadline: Monday, Feb 27th at 8AM

April 17, 2023 | Kent Student Center

If your are a student researcher, the Undergraduate Symposium is an excellent opportunity to share your research with a wide audience, network with potential employers and sponsors in research, and meet other undergraduate researchers! We strongly encourage all student researchers to present their research at this event and to invite family and friends to see what undergraduate research is all about!

Even if you are not a student researcher, the symposium is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about undergraduate research, meet our current student researchers, and see the dedication and hard work our students put into driving innovation within their field of study! Check out our page on the Undergraduate Research Symposium fore more details.

The deadline to submit abstracts has been extended to Monday, February 27th at 8AM.


Research T-Shirt Day

April 18, 2023

To continue celebrating Undergraduate Research Week, we will be hosting a research t-shirt day! We encourage all student researchers to wear their program's t-shirt. Current student researchers are able to pick up their research t-shirt from the Office of Student Research in 207 Schwartz Center between 9am-5pm if you have not done so already. Join us in representing all the wonderful research programs we offer here at Kent State!


Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) 2023 Program

June 5-July 28, 2023

The SURE program is an eight-week summer program which allows undergraduate students to participate in faculty-supervised research. The SURE program offers stipends for both full-time (40 hours/week) and part-time (20 hours/week) participants, as well as on-campus housing if it is needed. Help is available for finding a faculty mentor if students do not have one already. This program enables students to develop skills in critical thinking, research, communication, problem-solving, and more.


Non-Kent State Events

Upcoming Events


International Day of Women & Girls in Science 8th International Assembly

February 10 | United Nations Headquarters, New York City

The 8th Assembly aims to bridge between the International Community and women in science through linking their knowledge and expertise and its applications in a systematic, critical way for the 2030 agenda and its 17 global goals. Innovate. Demonstrate. Elevate. Advance. I.D.E.A.: Bringing communities Forward for sustainable and equitable development. Follow #February11 on social media for the latest news! Registration is now open on


International Women In STEM Day

Febrauary 11

Celebrate the Women and Girls in STEM by following #February11 on social media.


Call for Abstracts - Ohio Academy of Science

Abstract Deadline - February 21

Annual Meeting April 15 | Edison State Community College

The Ohio Academy of Science’s Annual Meeting is for academic, governmental, and industrial scientists and engineers, university and pre-college educators, and undergraduate, and graduate students, and interested lay citizens in the Ohio region. Whatever your scientific interests, we invite you to participate in the Annual Meeting of The Ohio Academy of Science. The call for abstracts is your invitation to participate in the Annual Meeting of The Ohio Academy of Science to be hosted by Edison State Community College on April 15, 2023. Visit The Ohio Academy of Science website to learn more or to register.


National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2023

Registration and acceptances for student presentations will open January 2023.

April 13-15, 2023 | University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity in all fields of study by sponsoring an annual conference for students. The theme, Research at the Confluence, represents a "bringing together" of artistic fields and other disciplines. Check out the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) page to learn more!


Undergraduate Research Week (URW)

April 17-21, 2023

National week dedicated to celebrating undergraduate research across the country. Follow along on social media using #URW2023 and check out its CUR page to learn more! Be prepared for some exciting events at Kent State University to happen as well!


Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Events


CUR offers many events such as webinars, seminars, and conversations that are useful to students. Their list of events is updated regularly, and new events are consistently being added. Check out the CUR events mage for more information.