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Undergraduate Research Initiative

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Project ended on June 30, at 02:03 PM CDT
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Undergraduate Research Initiative

Did you know that History is one of the few majors at KU to offer sustained research opportunities for undergraduates?

In 2023, the Department of History is renewing our commitment to student research through the creation of the Undergraduate Research Initiative to support hands-on experience in archival research, internships, workshops, and conference presentations. A strong research background is what sets KU History students apart when applying to jobs and graduate school. In recent years History students have produced regionally-recognized, award-winning research. Our goal is to establish a renewable fund to which any major or minor can apply for financial support for their course-based research projects. Our hope is to provide all of our students with the opportunity to work closely with historical materials and experience the thrill of discovery.


Even small stipends yield great results. Funding for a tank of gas or overnight stay at an area archive can mean the difference between a solid paper and a project that truly feels like one’s own. Through self-directed research, students gain skills in creative problem-solving, the integration of ideas, and empathy for others. Your support ensures that the tradition of student research within the Department of History remains strong.

We are calling on the Class of 2023 to “pay it forward” and help launch the Undergraduate Research Initiative by making a gift of $20.23.

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Pay it Forward

Celebrate the Class of 2023 and help launch the Undergraduate Research Initiative!



Support for student access to digital resources and databases, scans of documents held in remote archives, and secondary source material.



Support for travel funds: gas, tolls, and access fees to area libraries, archives, and historical societies.



Support for an overnight research trip to area libraries, archives, and historical societies.



The muse of history! A full stipend for an individual student research project.