Student Researcher Resources

We offer assistance for all our student researchers. Take advantage of our many resources! 

We offer support with:

  • Writing letters and emails while applying for a student research position.
  • Kent State University and external research-related events.
  • Guidelines to prepare for and participate in the Undergraduate Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors.
  • Preparing abstracts, posters, and research presentations.
  • Tips for writing research-based abstracts.
  • Assistance finding a faculty mentor for research.



LaunchNET also provides many relevant resources for students. LaunchNET Kent State is a co-curricular, cross-campus program that serves students, alumni, staff and faculty to promote entrepreneurial thinking, innovative mindset, creative collaboration, and venture creation through advising, events, and connections to the greater Northeast Ohio community. 



Internal Resources

Follow the links below for information on each of these resources and links to our relevant program pages.


  • Tips When Applying

    Tips When Applying

    Helpful hints for letter and email writing

  • Events


    Upcoming research-related events.

  • Symposium Guidelines

    Symposium Guidelines

    Symposium participation guidelines

  • Symposium Prep Workshop

    Symposium Prep Workshop

    Preparing your work for the symposium.

  • Abstract Writing Resources

    Abstract Writing Resources

    Resources to write and edit your abstract.

  • Find a Mentor Database

    Find a Mentor Database

    Database of faculty researchers

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

What is SURE?

The SURE program funds promising undergraduate researchers for eight weeks over the summer to engage in faculty-supervised research. The SURE program will support students with either a $3,200 stipend (40 hours/week) or $1,600 stipend (20 hours/week)  and on-campus housing if needed. Faculty may be provided with a $400 stipend to offset the cost of supplies/materials necessary to support student research. SURE is sponsored by the Division of Research and Economic Development and the Office of the President. In addition, SURE is supported by the following individuals, departments, colleges, institutes and others: 


Support SURE Scholarships

2022 Sure Participants and Mentors

2022 SURE 3 Minute Presentation Winners

Undergraduate Research Symposium


Sponsored by the Division of Research and Economic Development,  Office of the Provost, Honors College, and University Libraries

2023 Winners and Mentors

View 2023 Symposium Brochure (PDF)

2022 Winners and Mentors

View 2022 Symposium Brochure (PDF)

2021 Winners

2021 Mentors

View 2021 Symposium Brochure (PDF)

2020 Winners

2020 Symposium Brochure - Online

View 2019 Symposium Brochure (PDF)

View 2018 Symposium Brochure (PDF)

View 2017 Symposium Brochure (PDF)

Click here to submit your abstract

View Abstract Submission Instructions here.

Excellence in Research Mentoring

2023 Winners


2021 Winners


If you have been involved in research and were mentored by an exceptional faculty member, consider nominating them for the EXCELLENCE in RESEARCH MENTORSHIP AWARD

Dear Undergraduate and Graduate Students and KSU Alums:
You are invited to nominate a Kent State faculty member for the Excellence in Research Mentorship Award. The awards are sponsored by the Office of Student Research and the Division of Research and Economic Development and are intended to honor and recognize faculty members who effectively guide and support students through undergraduate or graduate research, scholarship and/or artistic productions, and assist students in goal attainment by providing necessary resources. One award will be given to an undergraduate student mentor and one to a graduate student mentor. Winners will be selected based on the quality of the mentorship experience including the following considerations for eligibility:

  • Provides intellectual leadership; models a record of excellence in research, and/or creative work; exhibits effective teaching skills; ensures that students master the content and skills of their discipline; clearly articulates expectations and holds students to high standards.
  • Engages in scholarly productivity through publications, grants, awards, presentations and/or performances as well as other accomplishments that may include membership and leadership in professional organizations or on editorial boards
  • Creates a supportive environment for research, scholarship and/or artistic production; respects student goals and assists them in goal attainment; strives to provide students with the resources necessary to take full advantage of institutional, academic and professional opportunities (e.g., publications, conferences, networking, clinical experiences, artistic performances).
  • Promotes successful and timely completion of students' degree programs; serves a proactive and effective role in student post-training placement.
  • Acts as advocate for students individually or collectively; helps in resolving issues and reducing barriers.
  • Maintains accessibility by providing consistently open lines of communication.
  • Integrates students into the broader culture of the discipline.

Kent State University faculty (tenured, tenure track, non-tenure track, lecturers, adjunct, etc.) on all campuses are eligible for nomination. Nominations may be submitted by Kent State University graduate and undergraduate students and alumni. Individuals may nominate only one candidate.

Excellence in Research Mentoring Award Nomination Form (PDF)

Process: Nominators must complete a nomination form and secure a letter of support for the nominee from a Kent State University faculty member and one additional letter of support from another mentee. For undergraduate students making a nomination, the Office of Student Research can assist with contacting faculty for the supporting letter - contact for assistance. Once a nomination packet (i.e., nomination from student including letter, letter of support from faculty and letter of support from one additional mentee) is complete, please scan and send to Nomination deadline is Monday, February 27th, 2023 at 5 p.m.

Review of Nominations: Student committees (graduate and undergraduate) will review respective nominations. Recommendations from the committee will be forwarded to the Vice President for Research and Economic Development for final approval. A rubric using the above considerations/requirements will be used for scoring the nominations.



Graduate Student Symposium

The 2023 Graduate Student Symposium (formerly Graduate Research Symposium) theme is "“Extending the boundary of knowledge and creativity through innovation and curiosity.”

The Graduate Student Symposium is being renamed in an effort by GSS to be more inclusive of scholarship in the humanities, the arts, and other academic areas not traditionally associated with "research." GSS aims to celebrate and display the scholarship and accomplishments of a vast array of graduate students through the newly renamed Graduate Student Symposium. 

If you are interested in helping with this year's symposium, please contact Ryan Davis, Programming Chair, at

For information about previous years' events, please see our Past Symposia page.


External Resources

In addition to our internal resources, there are many organizations that also provide support to Undergraduate Student Researchers. To find further information on a specific area of research, we encourage all students to look on their professional organization's website.


Council on Undergraduate Research

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and its affiliated colleges, universities, and individuals share a focus on providing undergraduate research opportunities for faculty and students at all institutions serving undergraduate students.


CUR offers their own Student Resource Center, which offers further information on networking, applying for and presenting research, and where to find further research opportunities. Visit their Student Resource Center page for more information.


National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program.


The University of Queensland Australia

The University of Queensland Australia founded the Three Minute Thesis. On their website, award-winning presentations of research can be found, which aid students in preparing presentations for their own research.