Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Deadline to Apply: Feb 7th

Submit for Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

The Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol event is an annual opportunity for students to present their research experiences with state lawmakers in Topeka.

This is a hybrid event that takes place at the Capitol Building in Topeka on March 1st.

The event showcases the work of up to 40 Kansas undergraduate student projects representing each of the state’s eight public 4-year institutions. The purpose of this event is to demonstrate the unique opportunities undergraduate students have to participate with faculty members in research at all state institutions. This event emphasizes higher education’s role in developing educated citizens and preparing a workforce with the necessary skills to further the economic growth of the state.

The Cohen Honors College coordinates travel and pays for all expenses.

Am I qualified?

Undergraduate students who have been significantly involved in the research enterprise of the university either with their own project or through meaningful involvement with a faculty project are desired as participants. To qualify for this event, participants must:

  • be undergraduates during the academic year in which the event is held;
  • have completed research under the guidance of a Kansas 4-year public institution faculty mentor;
  • follow the methodology of the appropriate academic discipline;
  • be of sufficient quality to be presented at a professional academic meeting;
  • have the skills, resources, and capacity to produce a professional academic poster;
  • agree to undergo presentation training and rehearse their presentations prior to the Capitol event (n/a for 2023 event that will include pre-recorded presentations).
How are students chosen?

Up to 5 projects will be chosen, with up to 10 total student participants. Projects from a broad range of disciplines are encouraged - especially posters that relate to the state of Kansas and issues important to the state legislature (e.g. education, health, agriculture, aviation, biotechnology, energy, transportation, manufacturing, environment, and social services). The selection committee will choose students to represent Wichita State University based on overall quality of proposal, connection to Kansas, and with consideration to variety of project topics. 


Students who are chosen to represent WSU at the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the capitol will be required to:

  • Work with your faculty mentor to create a project poster
  • Record a 3 minute video presenting your poster
  • Submit a 125 word bio to attach to your virtual presentation
  • Email your state legislators to invite them to participate in Research Day at the Capitol
  • Travel to Topeka on March 1

Details on expectations and instructions will be sent to selected students.

Is this a competitive poster presentation?

This event is not an adjudicated poster competition with prizes. All participants are recognized equally for the honor of participating in this event through a certificate ceremony.

I've been selected - what next?

If your project is chosen to represent WSU at the virtual Day at the Capitol, you will need to complete the following steps: 

  • Complete a project poster
  • Read the submissions guideline document sent to you after selection.
  • Follow the link you receive to a video recording software and watch the available tutorial on how to record your presentation.
  • Submit your bio, updated abstract, and video by the final deadline.
How do I note this event on my resume/CV?

Students can list this event under a "presentations" section of the resume/CV. This is not a peer-reviewed presention, so it should be separated from peer-reviewed items on the resume.

Questions? Contact us

Please contact:

Erin LeBegue, Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center