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Sciences at Emporia State University

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Sciences at Emporia State University

Emporia State University, located in the Heart of America, is a Tier 1 Regional University dedicated to teaching and research. Given this distinction students will have cutting edge research opportunites, access to state of the art facilities, and exposure to the most qualified faculty members.  At ESU our internationally-minded faculty is committed to building a global network of scientific research and scholars. By studying on a medium-size campus students will have greater access to exciting research opportunities as well as lectures and seminars.

As a Science Without Borders (Ciencia Sem Fronteiras) Host University students can pursue studies in any of the following disciplines:


About the Partnership

Emporia State University is excited to partner with Brazilian students on new and exciting research opportunities that will equip students with both the professional knowledge and hands-on experience they can use to further Brazil’s scientific development upon their return. At the same time, students will build a valuable network of scholars and researchers in the United States.

The Science without Borders Program is a joint effort among two Brazilian sponsoring organizations:

  1. CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior)
  2. CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico)


About Emporia State University

Emporia State University is a diverse and inclusive university where students are our main focus of attention. Emporia State University welcomes students from all over the world. With more than 25 countries represented on campus, international students are involved in a variety of ways. At ESU there are over 130 student organizations and competitive NCAA Division II Athletics.  There are also numerous social activities and sports clubs that will enable you to grow both personally and professionally. Our safe, friendly, and affordable campus gives international students a great academic experience in the United States.

Campus Life

Most of our undergraduate students live on-campus. Living on-campus offers quick access to classrooms, the university cafeteria, the library, our Student Recreation Center (fitness facility), as well as programs and events. Additionally, living on campus will help you create lasting friendships as you interact with a number of other college students. If you are an upperclassmen or graduate student who enjoys your space and independence, Emporia offers a wide array of affordable housing opportunities located near campus.

The City of Emporia

The City of Emporia is an educational, industrial, commercial, and medical center that serves over 60,000 people in east central Kansas. The downtown area is adjacent to campus with convenient dining, shopping, and recreation. Emporia is located in the Flint Hills of Kansas and is a university city of 29,000 people that offers plenty of social, cultural, and religious opportunities to our students. The year is marked by four colorful and changing seasons. The weather allows many outdoor activities with moderate springs, a colorful autumn, warm summers, and occasional snowfalls in the winter.


Faculty and research profile

  • Eric Yang, Ph.D. (University of Southern Illinois) - Phytochemicals effect on melanoma cells.
  • William Jensen, Ph.D. (Kansas State University) - Endangered bat species
  • Scott Crupper, Ph.D. (University of Kansas) - Microbiology and genetic diversity of amphibians and reptiles
  • David Edds.  Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University) - Ecology of Freshwater turtles in Kansas
  • Brent Thomas, Ph.D. (Mississippi State University) - Behavioral Ecology of turtles
  • Lynnette Sievert, Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma) - Thermoregulation and metabolics among amphibians
  • Melissa Bailey, Ph.D. (University of Alabama) - Effects of drugs and chemicals on fetal development
  • Tim Burnett, Ph.D. (University of Kansas) - Cytotoxic activities of anti-cancer drugs
  • Brenda Koerner, Ph.D. (Arizona State University) - Climate change and the ecosystem
  • Marshall Sundberg, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota) - Evolutionary adaptation of plants
  • Charles Pheatt, Ph.D. (Illinois Institute of Technology) - Genetic Algorithms
  • Katie Mitchell-Koch, Ph.D. (University of Kansas) - Catalytic/Enzymatic Reactions
  • James Aber, Ph.D. (University of Kansas) - Glaciotectonics
  • Richard Sleezer, Ph.D. (University of Kansas) - Land use impact on Global Carbon Budget
  • Jorge Ballester, Ph.D. (University of Texas-Austin) - Computational Science
  • Bob Jones, Ph.D. (Stevens Institute of Technology) - Plasma Physics and Fusion Processes
  • Marcia Schulmeister, Ph.D. (University of Kansas) - groundwater and surface water chemistry
  • Essam Abotteen, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University) - Group and Number Theory
  • Brian Hollenbeck, Ph.D. University of Missouri – Complex and Harmonic Analysis
  • Larry Scott, Ph.D. Kansas State University - Statistical Computing
  • Qiang Shi, Ph.D. (University of Missouri) - Partial Differential Equations and Clifford Analysis
  • Chad Wiley, Ph.D. (University of California) - Knot and Braid Theory
  • Eric Trump, Ph.D. (Kansas State University) -  Synthesis and Labeling of Modified Nucleosides and their NMR studies
  • Diane Nutbrown, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison) - Fluorescent Sensors for Biologically Relevant Ions
  • Kim Simmons, Ph.D. (University of Washington) - Analysis of the mitotic phosphatase CdC14p

Study in the Heart of America!

For Additional Information, contact:

Stene Verhulst, Assistant Director

Office of International Education
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle, ESU Box 4041
Emporia, KS 66801-5415, USA
(620) 341-5374 Phone
(620) 341-5918 Fax