Funded undergraduate research experiences at Kansas State University!


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From: Amber Campbell <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, October 23, 2020 11:18 AM
Subject: USDA Funded Summer Research Opportunity for Undergraduates at K-State


Mid-semester greetings from Kansas State University!


I am contacting faculty alumni of K-State as part of a team led by Dr. Charles Rice in the Agronomy Department at Kansas State University which was awarded a USDA-NIFA Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant. The Rainfed Agriculture Innovation Network (RAIN) project plans to host a summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program ( This program is designed to provide future scientists and engineers with the skills and perspective necessary to address some of the world’s future food and fiber needs. RAIN REU participants will gain hands-on experience and contribute to collaborative, interdisciplinary research projects relating to rainfed agricultural production. Research spans multiple methods and aims to sustainably increase the productivity of rainfed agricultural systems while restoring and enhancing soil health, including:

· Agricultural (soil carbon sequestration, increasing precipitation and nitrogen use efficiency, reducing yield losses due to environmental stresses and weed pressure, forage production, etc.) and

· Technological (use of sensors and modeling to enhance long-term strategic management and in-season tactical management.

Ten selected students each year will be paired with a faculty advisor and a graduate student mentor at one of the team institutions. The students will perform research on adaptive management, attend seminars on topics related to sustainability and professional development, and work on a project related to water-limited crop and animal production systems.


We are currently looking to recruit new students into the RAIN REU program for summer 2021. The program provides a generous $9000 stipend for the summer to cover room, board and living expenses of the participants. Students must be U.S. citizens in good academic standing. One of our goals in hosting the program is to increase the disciplinary diversity of the graduate student population. Please encourage qualified undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds to apply.


Thank you in advance for your assistance connecting undergraduate students with Kansas State,



Amber Campbell, Ph.D.


Project Manager

Rainfed Agriculture Innovation Network (RAIN)

USDA-NIFA-Sustainable Agricultural Systems


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