The Undergraduate Research Experience at Fort Hays State University

Undergraduate research takes many forms within departments at FHSU, but the unifying concept is collaborative faculty - student work on a scholarly project with the goal of developing generalizable peer-reviewed work as a final product.

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 Undergraduate research can be one of the most meaningful experiences at Fort Hays State University. Students have the opportunity to:

  • learn through hands-on work outside the classroom and develop research skills for academic and professional pursuits
  • identify academic and career interests
  • develop a working relationship with a faculty mentor
  • get a glimpse into graduate or professional school life
  • learn what you like and don't like to do
 KINBRE 2014 Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (KINBRE) 2014 Mentors and Participants

Learn more about Student Perceptions of Undergraduate Research at Fort Hays State University

“Another aspect that I know will help me in the future was the opportunity to connect with the faculty from my department and to network with faculty and students from schools around the region. This was very beneficial, because I got to build my relationships with the faculty here, who will be helping me obtain my bachelor’s degree and with the entire graduate school application and selection process. I also got to meet many people from other schools, and these connections will be very helpful in the future.” - 2011 URE Participant

“Through this process, students are: (a) learning about the discipline through hands-on activities, (b) researching specialty areas within the field, (c) developing mentor-mentee relationships with two faculty members,and (d) beginning to act like graduate students in their day to day behaviors.”- 2011 URE Faculty Mentor

“I think most people who enter graduate school in any field have a passion for the subject but little idea of what the work for the doctorate entails or what academic work at the professional level requires. My hope was that while I taught my student specific skills in research, I would also be able to give her a broad roadmap for her future in academia.”- 2011 URE Faculty Mentor

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