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Emerging Scholars Application

The priority deadline for 2019-2020 Emerging Scholars is June 3.  The final deadline has been extended to July 10, 2019.  All applicants will be notified by August 1.

Emerging Scholars are first year (freshmen or transfer) KU undergraduate students taking part in research through the Federal Work-Study Program. You must have been awarded and accepted Federal Work-Study funds as part of your KU financial aid package in order to apply. You do NOT need to have any experience doing research to be an Emerging Scholar. The professor you work with will teach you any necessary skills to complete your work. You just need to be ready to learn.

Students should read through the 2019-2020 job descriptions and select your top five positions prior to completing this application. As you respond to the questions below, please write a paragraph (at least 3-4 complete sentences) in response to each question. Each written response is important, so we recommend that you think about the questions a bit, write your responses in a Word document or similar application, revise them, and then copy and paste them into the application.

2019-2020 Emerging Scholars will also have the benefit of free participation in the OPTIONS program. This five-day residential program (August 17th-21st) is designed to assist incoming freshmen as they transition from high school to KU and has no additional costs associated with an early move-in on August 17th (meals included). If accepted as an Emerging Scholar, our office will email you further informaton about participation in OPTIONS. Contact us at cur@ku.edu or 785-864-5733 if you have any questions about this benefit of the program.


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