Kyle Lockhause, Gardner, will work on a research project funded by the Undergraduate Research Award Program. Lockhause was one of 50 students at the University of Kansas to earn the honor. Recipients of the award will receive $1,000 to fund their projects, which explore a wide range of topics.
Lockhause is a senior at KU majoring in environmental studies. His project is  “Ashes to Ashes: Survey of the Survey of the Fraxinus Tree Family for Conservation Efforts Against the Agrilus Planipennis Fairmaire.”
Students apply for the award by writing a four-page research proposal under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Lockhause’s mentor is Robert Hagen, environmental studies. This spring’s competition saw a 25 percent increase in the number of applications from the previous spring, making the awards all that much more competitive. Proposals were selected on the merit of the applicant’s proposal, the applicant’s academic record, and the recommendation from a faculty member who is familiar with the applicant and the proposed project.
“We are thrilled to see an increase in student interest in the KU Undergraduate Research Awards,” said John Augusto, assistant vice provost. “Regardless of the funding outcome, we know that all applicants benefit from the process of writing the proposal with input from their research mentor. Students who participate in the proposal-writing process find they can use the skills that they learn in applying for scholarships, fellowships, and graduate and medical school applications.”
The UGRA program started in 1986 and was run for many years by the University Honors Program. The Center for Undergraduate Research took over this long-standing program after opening in the fall of 2012. The UGRAs are funded by a partnership between the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Office of Research, and the Office of the Provost.
The Center for Undergraduate Research is currently accepting applications from students who will be conducting research in the summer and fall 2014 terms.