Student Research News and Events

Mission Life VI

2016 Mission V Winning Team displays the Kent State banner at the International Competition in Brazil

Bringing Together Brilliant Minds to Create Solutions to the Challenges We Face Today

Want to save the world AND win cash and other prizes in the process?

Participate in the Mission Life VI competition this Fall!

SURE Three Minute Research Presentation

A student presents her SURE research at last year's 3-minute research presentations

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

1 – 2:30 p.m. Student Presentations and judging — Various Locations, Kent Student Center

2:30 – 4 p.m. Reception and Announcement of Competition Awards – Ballroom Balcony, Kent Student Center

2017 Undergraduate Research Symposium

The 2017 Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity will be held Tuesday, March 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center Ballroom
The event will put more than 150 student research and creative projects on display, and will include cash awards and recognition by Kent State administrators.


New Podiatric Product Developed by Kent State Students and Professor Can Be Used by People With Diabetes and Athletes

Kent State University students Nilin Rao (left) and Craig Verdin (right), and Exercise Science and Physiology Professor Ellen Glickman, Ph.D. (center), have invented an insole to help people with ulcerations on their feet.

Kent State University students Nilin Rao, Ph.D., and Craig Verdin, and Exercise Science and Physiology Professor Ellen Glickman, Ph.D., are the co-founders of TheraPod Medical LLC, a wound-care company that is looking to transform the field of podiatric medicine.

Kent State Student Overcomes Stigma of Hemp Fibers to Create Sustainable Jeans

Kent State students use hemp fibers to create jeans.

Kent State student crosses the globe to find a sustainable crop that does not require pesticides or herbicides to grow, and yields four times as much as cotton.

Students Turn Smartphone Cases Into Lifesaving Medical Devices

Case.MD helps make emergency medicine more convenient and safe.

Three Kent State students have created smartphone cases that contain vital medication. 

Together, with the help of LaunchNET Kent State, the three created Case.MD. Ariella Yager, entrepreneur major in Kent State’s College of Business Administration; Samuel Graska, cell and molecular biology major in Kent State’s College of Arts and Sciences; and Justin Gleason, graduate student in Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design spent more than a year planning, inventing, designing and 3-D printing smartphone cases that contain vital medication. Wherever your smartphone goes, so does the medication.

Kent State Students to Collaborate With Kyoto University Researchers

Kent State study in Japn

Kent State University students will travel to Japan for collaborative research with the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University, studying evolutionary genetic analysis, Alzheimer’s disease and aggressive behavior.      

Upcoming KSU Research Events

Attention Psychology Students!!!

Tri-State Undergraduate Research Conference


West Liberty University Highlands Campus (
Friday, April 21, 2017 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost $10 per person

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Tri-State Undergraduate Research Conference this year at West Liberty University Highland Campus in Wheeling, West Virginia, right off of Interstate 70.

Participants can stay onsite at the newly constructed Fairfield Inn that connects to the Highlands Campus. Phone number: (304) 219-2020

This year, students have the option of making an oral presentation or presenting a poster. The poster presentation can be supplemented with a Data Blitz, where the poster author has 60 seconds to give a brief overview of their work to the audience.

Presenters must bring their own tri-fold stand for their posters. Posters must fit on a standard tri-fold (36” x 48”) and can be clipped onto them. Oral Presentations have up to 10 minutes to share their work.

Psychology Jeopardy Competition: Each school is invited to bring one team of up to six players each to compete for the annual traveling trophy award. Please indicate on your registration if you will be participating in the game. Specific Jeopardy game rules will be emailed to the faculty sponsors for distribution to their team members before the conference. Game show presenter software, along with a hand-held buzzer system, will be used to play the game.

Registration and Set-up is 8-9 AM Conference fee is $10 and includes boxed lunch

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

Additional Research Opportunities

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