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Student Research Awards Program

The University of Kansas Field Station, a unit of the Kansas Biological Survey, provides research awards to encourage undergraduate and graduate student research at our field station during 2017.

What is the University of Kansas Field Station? The KU Field Station is an area dedicated to scholarly research, environmental education, and science-based stewardship of natural resources. It consists of 1,486 hectares (3,673 acres) including diverse habitats—prairies, forests, managed fields, wetlands, ponds, reservoirs—and specialized research facilities (e.g., laboratory buildings, greenhouse, gardens, experimental ponds, environmental monitoring sites). Many of our terrestrial and aquatic habitats are open to manipulative studies. KU Field Station data resources are offered to support research/scholarly activity, and field staff members are available to facilitate research or project implementation. All sites are 20-60 minutes' drive from Lawrence, Kansas. See biosurvey.ku.edu/field-station for details.

Awards offered

  • Nason/KU Field Station Student Awards (several $300-500 awards): These awards are for KU undergraduate and graduate students who will conduct some portion of their field-based research at the KU Field Station in the award year.
  • KU Field Station Undergraduate Student Research Award (one $1,000 award): This award is for a meritorious KU undergraduate student who will conduct some portion of field-based research at the KU Field Station in the award year.
  • Mari F. Pesek Graduate Research Award (one $1,000 award): This award is for a meritorious KU graduate student who will conduct field-based research at KUFS and/or within the state of Kansas in the award year. This is the only award that does not specifically require some portion of the research to be conducted at the KU Field Station. Field-based research anywhere in Kansas is encouraged.
  • Baldwin Woods Conservation Award (one award of $500-$1,000): This award is for a meritorious KU graduate or undergraduate student who will conduct research at or based on the KU Field Station’s Baldwin Woods Forest Preserve in the award year.

Who can apply? Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Kansas.

What is the application procedure? Please submit the following by 5:00 p.m. April 4.

  • A one- to two-page proposal that includes a project title and a brief description of the objectives, methods, expected products, and significance of the proposed work. 
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • A letter of reference/support from your graduate advisor, or, for undergraduate students, a KU faculty advisor.

Previous grant recipients may apply, but preference may be given to those who have not received funding in the past. Applications must be submitted online using our webform.

We will notify all applicants of funding decisions in mid-April. Awardees will receive a lump sum amount in July 2017.

Awardees must agree to follow guidelines for conducting research at the KU Field Station, submit a one-page report of research findings and present the results of their work at an informal seminar in the 2017-2018 academic year at the University of Kansas.

Special research opportunities at the KU Field Station. We encourage a diversity of research projects at the KU Field Station. In addition to ecological studies, other research or scholarly activity focused on the KU Field Station is of interest: geology, geography, history, architecture, engineering, economics, education, and other areas.

If you have questions, please contact W. Dean Kettle, research programs director for the KU Field Station, kettle@ku.edu.