Scientists evaluate Emporia State's undergraduate research program


By Gwendolynne Larson, assistant director of marketing and media relations

KINBRE visit

A group of research scientists visited Emporia State University to evaluate the university’s undergraduate science research program funded by K-INBRE.

“We’d like to talk about K-INBRE and its impact on your campus,” Dr. Anne Poduska, senior program associate in the Research Competitiveness Program for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, told a group of university officials at lunch.

K-INBRE is the acronym for Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence, a collaborative effort whose mission is “to strengthen the biomedical research infrastructure throughout Kansas” through a network that fosters a community of scientists.

The team of four from AAAS met with university officials as well as science faculty and undergraduates conducting research funded by K-INBRE.

Along the way, the team asked about courses taught at Emporia State, how students and their faculty mentors first connected with each other, what kind of collaboration is happening with researchers at other institutions, and students’ future plans.

Since 2001, Emporia State has received nearly $1 million of funding from K-INBRE. Most of the monies have paid for new equipment in the university’s chemistry and biology labs. More than $200,000 has gone to undergraduate researchers as semester and summer scholarships.

“Because the K-INBRE program is aimed exclusively at undergraduate research and involves direct mentoring from faculty, it provides a strong advantage for Emporia State students who go on to graduate school or directly into the workplace,” Dr. Gary Wyatt, associate dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences said.