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The 2024 Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Forum (URCAF) will take place Friday, April 12 in the Rhatigan Student Center.

The purpose of the important event is to enable WSU’s undergraduate student researchers to present research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Students who have conducted research in 2023-24 are encouraged to submit an abstract for a poster presentation. Winners in each category of applied sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities will receive a $250 prize, and second place finishers will receive $100. All participants will be provided lunch at the Rhatigan Student Center and will gain valuable experience exhibiting their research.

Abstract submissions are due by March 29. Early submissions are encouraged.

Information about the event can be found on the URCAF webpage. For questions, contact John Hammond at

Capital Graduate Research Summit Present your research in Topeka! Apply by January 31st

Wednesday, Jan. 31 is the last day for graduate students who would like to present their research in Topeka March 21 at the Capital Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) to submit their research abstracts.

CGRS provides an opportunity for selected graduate students to expose state government, education officials and the public to the quality of graduate research performed in the state of Kansas. CGRS winners receive a certificate and a $500 monetary award.

Internal Grant Opportunity, Office of Research

Proposals are due for Multidisciplinary Research Project Awards (MURPA) and University Research/Creative Award (URCA) projects to the Office of Research no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6.

The MURPA opportunity provides funding of up to $7,500 for faculty projects that involve two or more investigators from different disciplines that focus different perspectives and capabilities on complex problems that intersect established areas of study.

The URCA opportunity provides funding of up to $4,500 for faculty to retool or reestablish productive research/creative projects or as seed money to develop pilot data where external funding is available.

Proposers must work with a grant specialist in the Office of Research prior to submission and all complete applications require an endorsement from the chair and dean. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed or considered. Contact to get started or visit the Office of Research website for additional information.

The Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) Symposium is looking for graduate student submissions for its 19th annual GRASP Symposium to be held on April 14.

This university-wide graduate research symposium gives students and faculty the opportunity to spread awareness about state-of-the-art projects being conducted on campus, showcase graduate student work, recognize the mentoring of faculty advisors and provide a forum for graduate students to practice their research presentation skills.

Information about submissions and preparation can be found on the GRASP Participant Information page. Submissions close on Feb. 10.

Kansas Gender and Sexuality Conference, 10th Anniversary, March 10th, 2023.

It’s a new year and a new opportunity to share research and scholarship at the 10th annual Gender & Sexuality conference on March 10 in the Rhatigan Student Center. Submissions are now being accepted.

Students, staff and faculty are invited to submit work in all disciplines for either a traditional oral presentation or a short workshop format.

The deadline for submissions is Feb. 10.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Jodie Hertzog at or Dr. Jenny Pearson at in the Department of Sociology at Wichita State.

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A common first step in establishing an NSF research center is to demonstrate success with a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site in the field of interest. REU Sites are also helpful in recruiting graduate students. NSF REU proposals are typically due in August or September. Vice Provost Coleen Pugh and any interested teams will coordinate and work on their proposals for submission in 2023 to separate divisions according to the following approximate schedule:

  • January: Planning meeting and discussion of budgets and target students
  • February: Complete the section on WSU institutional support of undergraduate research.
  • March: Complete the section on the departmental, unit, or topical area of undergraduate research experiences and history.
  • April: Complete list of undergraduate researchers who have been mentored by site faculty, and PI history of mentoring undergraduate researchers.
  • May: Complete the section with proposed undergraduate research projects by site faculty.
  • June: Complete the section on training activities, including research- or field-specific activities, professional development activities, and industry and research field trips.
  • July: Complete the section on coordinated social activities and housing for all WSU REU sites.
  • August: Complete any remaining sections and polish proposals.

Email to register for this NSF REU workshop series. 

Where is cutting-edge engineering research being conducted in the U.S.? Right here at Wichita State, according to the latest Higher Education Research and Development (HERD) Survey, released in December.

According to the newest numbers, Wichita State ranks No. 20 in the United States for engineering research and development (R&D) funding, at $157.43 million in 2021, the most recent numbers available.

And in the subfield of aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering, Wichita State ranks third highest in the country, at $153.492 million — behind only Georgia Tech and Utah State.

The Regional Institute on Aging (RIA) at Wichita State has a new funding opportunity for graduate student or faculty projects and research that addresses issues related to facilitating well-being in older adults.

This funding opportunity is supported by a gift from the estate of Evelyn Cassat. Funding will be provided for projects and research at WSU that contribute to knowledge and practice related to well-being in older adults, particularly proposals aimed at furthering WSU’s initiative of being an Age-Friendly University.

This includes advancing accessibility to courses, programs and university activities for the diverse range of older adults in the Wichita area and evaluations of these efforts.

Anticipated funding rates will range from $2,000 to $15,000, with a maximum funding amount of $20,000 for a 12-month period.

The application deadline is March 31. Email with questions.


Proposals are due to the Office of Research for Award for Research / Creative Projects in Summer (ARCS) no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3.

The ARCS provides funding of up to $4,000 to enable faculty to pursue research or creative projects during the summer.

Proposers must work with a grant specialist in the Office of Research prior to submission, and all complete applications require an endorsement from the chair and dean. Incomplete or late applications will not be reviewed or considered.

Please contact to get started, or visit this website for additional information.

Individuals 18-65 are invited to take part in a psychology research study.

The entire study is not expected to take longer than 50 minutes, and you will be compensated with a lab themed coffee mug and a raffle entry to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

This study involves completing a visual search task that is a bit like Where’s Waldo: You must find a special item in a computer display full of different shapes. You will also complete a brief set of questionnaires.

If you haven’t previously participated in a “To Trust or Not to Trust” or “To Trust or Not to Trust II” study and are interested in taking part, contact Jade Driggs at