Capitol Graduate Research Summit

State Capitol Building - Topeka, Kansas  - Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Application Deadline Extended! 11:59 PM CST on Sunday, February 6, 2022

The Office of Graduate Studies invites graduate students from all disciplines to apply to participate in the 19th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit. The event is an opportunity to show the State of Kansas the impactful research being conducted by graduate students at universities across the state.

Up to eight KU Lawrence campus students will be selected to join their peers from Kansas State University, The University of Kansas Medical Center, Pittsburg State University, Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, and Wichita State University  in Topeka at the Capitol Buiilding. The participating students will present their research in poster board format to legislators and other members of state government. 

Students selected to represent KU in the Capitol Graduate Research Summit will be required to participate in 2 professional development events:

  1. Practice & Training Session with state legislative and political communications experts | February 25, 2022 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. CST | via Zoom
  2. Red Hot Graduate Research | March 4, 2022 | 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. CST | The Commons

To apply, please complete the online application before midnight (11:59 PM CST) on Sunday, February 6, 2022. The application form requires a research abstract of no more than 250 words and an explanation for a general, non-academic audience of how your research impacts and benefits the state of Kansas, with a particular focus on economic and community development (also no more than 250 words).

Frequently asked questions:

I need help with my abstract. Where can I find advice and information?
If you need help writing the abstract, consider visiting the KU Writing Center. Additional advice may be found on the following websites:

UNC Writing Center on Abstracts
Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center on Abstracts

How do I prepare my poster?
Here are some resources that you can look at to prepare your poster:

Why should I apply?
The Capitol Graduate Research Summit is an opportunity for a select group of graduate students to share their research with State leaders. In the past, because of their research presentations, some participants have been invited to assist policymakers and state departments on issues of concern in Kansas. You will also have the opportunity to visit with your peers from other Kansas research universities. And, you might even win an award!

How do I apply?
Please complete the online application before midnight (11:59 PM CST) on Sunday, February 6, 2022. It is that easy!


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