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ESU Research Institute for Science and Math Educators

Develop your project-based learning at ESU

Work alongside an ESU professor to develop a classroom research project of your choice!

As a Kansas secondary teacher, you will be paired with ESU professors of Biological Sciences, Applied Mathematics/Statistics, Chemistry, Earth Science or Physics to develop long-range research projects to engage students in relevant, authentic research during the following academic year. You will work with faculty during the summer to design and develop research models appropriate for secondary science courses. Faculty will provide training and continue to serve in a research advisory capacity throughout the following academic year. You and your students will be invited to present your results at ESU’s annual Research & Creativity Day and participate in a special Black & Gold event during the following spring semester.

Stipend + Accommodations

You will receive a $1,200 stipend and 1 hour graduate credit after submission of your project.

Room and Board is covered and you will stay in a private room in ESU's Abigail Morse Hall.

Our 2021 research institute will be held July 8th through July 10th.


  • April 30: Applications Due
  • Week of May 17: Selected participants will be notified
  • May-June: Pre-planning by faculty/teacher teams
  • July 8-10: On campus training and planning
  • Fall 2021: Implementation of plan and intermittent faculty visits to classrooms
  • April 2022: Final Reports at Research and Creativity Day.


Follow this link to apply to the program. The application deadline is April 30, 2021.

The Funding for the ESU Research Institute

Dr. Randal W. Scott received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Emporia State University in 1979. In a 2020 interview with ESU advancement staff, he shared his story:

“I'm a small town kid from Augusta Kansas who wanted to be a chemist from the time I got my first chemistry set. Emporia State was the perfect college experience for me. I met my wife and many life-long friends at Emporia and will never forget the great times and the great education I received. My junior year I took Biochemistry from Dr. Smalley and did a semester rotation in his lab which inspired me to go on for a Ph.D. in biochemistry at KU. I finished my doctorate in 1983 at the dawn of the biotech industry and spent 10 years at startup biotech companies focused on protein drug development. In 1991 I had the good fortune to start my first successful genomics company, Incyte, during the early days of the human genome project and realized that I was passionate about the intersection of science and business. In 2000 I left Incyte to start one of the first personalized medicine diagnostic companies (Genomic Health) and then in 2012 co-founded Invitae, now one of the world's leading genetic testing companies followed by Genome Medical, a nation-wide telegenetics medical practice in 2016. I retired from company life in 2019 but continue to invest in biotech startups and serve on multiple boards including Genome Medical, Freenome, BridgeBio, and Talis Biomedical.”

Eileen M. (Schmitz) Scott received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Elementary Education from Emporia State University in 1980. She taught at a private school in New York before the couple moved to California and she devoted her attention to their three children: Aaron, Brandon, and Taylor. Eileen currently enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.