Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Due to COVID-19, the 2021 CGRS event will take place virtually on Thursday, February 18, 2021.

Application Deadline: 11:59 PM CDT on Sunday, January 10, 2020.

The Office of Graduate Studies invites graduate students from all disciplines to apply to participate in the 18th 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 this virtual event. Two students per university will receive an award sponsored by the participating institutions and BioKansas.

Participating students will present their research in the form of a three-minute video recorded using VidGrid. These video presentations will be made available to the general public on the 2021 CGRS website. Faculty, students, legislators, and other members of state government will also be invited to visit the website and learn about the research.

To apply, please complete the online application before midnight (11:59 PM CDT) on Sunday, January 10, 2020. 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, 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

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 CDT) on Sunday, January 10, 2020. It is that easy!


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