Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award

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K-State Libraries are committed to K-State 2025: A Visionary Plan for Kansas State University, and to helping undergraduate students learn to effectively find, evaluate, and use information. A key benchmark for K-State 2025 is the percentage of undergraduate students involved in research. This award was created to support undergraduate research and encourage use of library resources.


The Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award recognizes and promotes outstanding scholarship among K-State's undergraduate students. Awards are given to winners in the freshman individual, non-freshman individual, and group project categories. The grand prize for each of the individual categories is $1,000. The grand prize for the group project category will be a minimum of $2,000 and will be based on the size of the winning group.

Research projects must have been completed as a requirement for a K-State course. They may encompass any academic topic. Applications are evaluated based on the use of library resources.

Award Cycle

Projects completed between April 26, 2015 and April 23, 2016 are eligible for the current award cycle. All projects must be finished during the specified eligibility dates.

How to Apply

Click the Apply Now link.  Applications require four elements:

  1. ​​An essay.

  2. Your project files. If you are selected for a Kirmser grand prize or for honorable mention, you will be invited to have your essay and project files made publicly accessible through K-State’s institutional repository, K-REx. Copyright would remain in the author(s) name. By submitting your work(s) for consideration you agree that you hold copyright or have properly obtained permission to use any copyrighted content included.

  3. Your list of the sources you consulted.

  4. A letter of support from an instructor of the course for which you ​completed the project. The instructor will submit this letter by e-mailing See the Faculty Information page for more information.

Award Funding

The awards are funded from a gift provided by Philip and Jeune Kirmser to K-State Libraries. We are deeply grateful for their generous support of undergraduate research.

Last updated: 09/02/2015