Sophomore Research Experience | Office of Student Research | Kent State University

Sophomore Research Experience

The Sophomore Research Experience (SRE) connects students to faculty at an optimal time in their academic journey and engages them in the learning process empowering them to excel.
Description of Program: The Sophomore Research Experience provides an opportunity for students to collaborate in one-on- one research with a faculty member during their sophomore year. Students benefit in working with a faculty member to acquire basic research skills and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. In addition, the engagement provides students with hands-on experiences as they formulate decisions about majors and careers. Students are employed as student research assistants under the Federal Work Study program and work a maximum of 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters.
Who Can Participate?

  •  Students who have earned sophomore standing beginning the fall semester of program enrollment or who have been enrolled for two semesters and accumulated at least 22 credit hours.
  •  Cumulative GPA of 2.5
  • Students must be eligible for the Federal Work Study (FWS) program in the amount of at least $2,000 per academic year and have an Estimated Family Contribution of less than $6,200/year.
  • Kent State students (Kent campus)

Student Benefits:

  •  Work with a faculty member to acquire basic research skills and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Hands-on experiences as they formulate decisions about majors and careers.
  • Employment as student research assistants under the Federal Work Study program and work a maximum of 10 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. 
  •  Connect with other researchers and develop communication and collaboration skills
  • And more………….

Award:

  •  Students may earn up to $2,700 per academic year (Fall and Spring Semesters – dependent on FWS eligibility).

Student Participants Must

  • Follow work direction of faculty mentor/supervisor
  • Participate in the Undergraduate Research Symposium in March/April
  • Submit a brief research report (1,000 - 1,500 words) by end of spring semester of award year.
  • Attend two workshops sponsored by the Office of Student Research during the award year.
  • Complete an evaluation at the end of each semester of the engagement