Undergraduate Research

Summer Student Research Program (SSRP)

The Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) supports independent student research and scholarly activity each summer. The program is open to students from all disciplines, and is structured to enrich the educational experience in several ways.

First, SSRP enables students to engage in original research and creative activity under the guidance of a faculty mentor. This opportunity to work closely with an expert gives the student a chance to expand their knowledge of a chosen academic discipline. Secondly, because the research is independent of the structured classroom setting, students experience the excitement and challenges of applying their knowledge and skills to solve new problems. Finally, students draw on their general studies coursework and learn about research in other disciplines, broadening their understanding of the differences and connections between various fields of study.

The program begins in Mid-May, with all the students participating in an overnight field trip. By late May, they have begun work in earnest, meeting with their mentors on a regular basis and participating in weekly meetings with other student scholars. These discussions are meant to foster awareness of research issues outside their major, and may include topics like research ethics, the use of statistics, or the creative process in the arts. Research ends by August 1, and students must complete a research paper before the beginning of the new academic year. In September each year, students then present their work on posters and in oral presentations in the Fall Student Research Symposium.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2015 SSRP, students must meet the following criteria:

  • be a full-time student at UNK in Spring and Fall 2015
  • be eligible to work in the United States
  • plan to graduate after December 2015
  • be able to participate in field trips (late May, 2015); weekly meetings every Wednesday from 9am to 11am May 20 through July 29; and the Fall Student Research Symposium in October 2015
  • must be able to commit 20 hours per week in June, July, and August to conduct their research and complete their research paper

Students are allowed to hold outside jobs and take summer classes, provided they do not interfere with research work or participation in the Wednesday meetings.

Students are paid $3250 ($650 per month May through September).

Application

The first step in the application process is to talk to faculty in your area of interest, and find a faculty member willing to be your mentor. Once you arrange this mentor, work with them to complete this application form.

The application package will include:

  • the completed application form, including
    • appropriate signatures
    • project summary
    • faculty (mentor) support statement
  • your personal essay

Submit this application package by 4 p.m. on January 30, 2015 in the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Activity in Conrad Hall, Room 115.