SURE Fellows Demonstrate Kent State's R1 Status in Action
Students majoring in aerospace engineering, theater, physics, music and nursing were among the 90 presenters at the annual Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Student Fellow Presentations held this week in the Kent Student Center.
The presenters represented 122 students who participated in the SURE program during summer 2022, an increase of 50 students from the previous year, according Ann Gosky, director of the Office of Student Research at Kent State. SURE is sponsored by the Division of Research and Sponsored Programs and the office of President Todd Diacon, as well as several individuals, departments, colleges, institutes and others.
“I hope people got a little glimpse of the breadth of research that really is amazing at Kent State,” said Douglas L. Delahanty, Ph.D., interim vice president for research and sponsored programs. “Students do a fantastic job on the three-minute presentations. It’s really fascinating to see all the kinds of research that is going on at Kent on a daily basis.”
The first place winners are:
- Lilly Chevalier, senior, anthropology
- Melina Connell, junior, nursing
- Haley Dees, sophomore, aerospace engineering
- Kristen DiCresce, senior, public health
- Annika Dudik, senior, geology
- Nicole Griffin, senior, chemistry/biochemistry pre-medicine
- Xavier Heipp, senior, theatre (performance concentration)
- Austin Mahajan, senior, biology
- Thai Nguyen, junior, biology
- Sabaha Pasha, senior, physics
- Alice Tun, freshman, biology
- Grace Watson, junior, environmental & conservation biology
- Bailey Wimer, junior, computer science
Earlier this year, the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education awarded Kent State the esteemed R1 status for research, which is the highest recognition that doctoral universities can receive. The prestigious designation affirms Kent State’s place as an elite research institution and puts the university in the company of universities such as Yale, Harvard and the University of California-Berkeley.
The university’s R1 designation is something that will be recognized by those outside of the university once the undergraduate researchers graduate. “It’s something that we are extremely proud of,” Delahanty said.
For more information about the SURE program, go to https://www.kent.edu/research/student-research/summer-undergraduate-rese....