Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award

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 award recognizes and promotes outstanding scholarship among K-State's undergraduate students. 


Non-freshman individual

Group project



minimum $2,000

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

How to Apply

Projects completed in the 2017-2018 school year are eligible for the current award cycle. All projects must be finished during the specified eligibility dates. 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 archive your project in K-State’s institutional repository, K-REx.

  3. Sources list.

  4. Completion of Faculty Support Form from your course instructor.

Applications are due April 18, 2018.

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.