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Department of Plant Pathology

Department of Plant Pathology
Kansas State University
1712 Claflin Road
4024 Throckmorton PSC
Manhattan, KS 66506

Ph: +1-785-532-6176
Fx: +1-785-532-5692

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research assistants and scholars are integral and productive members of many laboratories in the Department of Plant Pathology. Most of the undergraduate researchers in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Interdepartmental Genetics Program are supported by competitive research grant funds, secured by faculty members. The majority of undergraduates employed by the department are Kansas State University students pursuing various majors in the College of Agriculture, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Engineering.  The Consortium of Undergraduate Research Experiences at K-State also provides opportunities for undergraduate research and mentoring in our department through various campus-wide programs.  These programs include:

  • Developing Scholars Program (DSP; http://www.k-state.edu/scholars/), an undergraduate program that serves to identify and provide financial support for motivated and academically-talented underrepresented students to conduct academic year-long independent research in K-State labs;
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP; http://www.k-state.edu/grad/surop/surop.html), a nine-week program sponsored by the K-State Graduate School, offers undergraduates from underrepresented groups from Kansas and beyond a first-hand experience with the research process under the mentorship of a faculty member;
  • College of Agriculture K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) Multicultural Summer Fellow Program (http://www.ag.k-state.edu/diversity-programs/ksre-fellowship.html), an eight week program that offers fellowships to multicultural students to conduct research under the mentorship of participating faculty and their research teams;
  • Summer Research for Undergraduate Experiences (REU in Biology; http://www.k-state.edu/reu/REU/) coordinated by the Ecological Genomics Institute, the Konza Prairie Biological Station, and the Division of Biology, a NSF-funded 10 week summer program that offers students opportunities to study diverse topics that address the theme “Ecology and Evolution in Changing Environments: Mechanisms to Responses” ; and
  • Ecological Genomics-Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program (http://ecogen.k-state.edu/urm.html, a NSF-funded program at K-State that selects and supports six students each year (15K stipends) to pair with participating faculty mentors to conduct independent and “integrative research that seeks to understand the genetic mechanisms underlying adaptive responses of organisms to their environment.”

Undergraduates interested in research opportunities in the Department of Plant Pathology can contact Dr. Dorith Rotenberg (drotenbe@ksu.edu) for more information.