September 11, 2019
Funding Connection

The National Science Foundation’s  Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources  is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students.   

The  National Aeronautics and Space Administration,   through its  Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities  program seeks to sponsor graduate student research that has significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration, and economic future. 

Introducing the K-State Facility Security Office
The topic of security of research data and intellectual property has been in the news several times in recent months. Over the past year, the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy have announced measures to help ensure taxpayer-funded research is protected from foreign theft and exploitation. In recent hearings, House and Senate Committee leaders expressed deep concern about foreign espionage campaigns targeted at academic institutions and explored how to balance countermeasures with maintaining a welcoming environment for international scholars. 

The K-State Facility Security Officer, or FSO, is focused on ensuring that K-State maintains national security along with an open research environment. The FSO role is mandated by government regulations and is focused on administrative rather than physical building security.

The current FSO at K-State is Jonathan Snowden. Snowden collaborates with and supports many offices in the research realm, such as the University Research Compliance Office and the Biosecurity Research Institute. He also supports other K-State entities like Information Technology Services . He has been and will continue to be involved in protecting K-State research and intellectual property and in communicating what we learn from law enforcement and intelligence entities, and federal funding agencies to the campus community. He also listens to the concerns of university faculty and staff and has prepared several presentations to help researchers and staff members understand how they can safeguard their work.

Find more information about the office or contact Jonathan directly to schedule a presentation for your college, department, or research team. Contact Jonathan Snowden at 785-532-3261 or
Events and announcements
Celebrate National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week September 16-20

Monday, Sept. 16: Professional Development — Job talks and research statements

Wednesday, Sept. 18: Postdoc Networking Lunch

Save the date for Research Connections

3-5 p.m. 
Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019
K-State Alumni Center Banquet Room

K-State faculty, postdocs, graduate students and staff engaged in research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery are invited to participate in  Research Connections .

The event is designed to give K-State researchers a venue in which they can learn what their colleagues are doing, promote their own work, and explore possible collaborations. Exhibitors and attendees also will have an opportunity to learn about K-State resources that are available to support research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery at K-State. Exhibitors will have a table and display space for posters, banners, signs, handouts, and some limited equipment or other items. Setup will be available starting at 1 p.m. Register now as an exhibitor or to attend.

Research Connections is part of an ongoing series of events conceived by a group that came together in May 2013 to support K-State corporate engagement and research collaboration efforts. Representatives from the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Kansas State University Research Foundation, the Kansas State University Foundation and the Career Center created a Working with Industry Boot Camp and associated workshops to support faculty efforts to forge relationships with industry sponsors. The group sponsored the first Research Connections event in fall 2017 and Research Showcase events in spring 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Reach statewide audience at Oct. 12 Science Fest with K-State

Science Fest with K-State – a new outreach event in Wichita – has additional space for faculty, staff and students to lead STEM-related activity booths.

The event is Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Wichita Public Library. It is part of Science Communication Week and connects with the 2019 NEA Big Read: Wichita selection of “Lab Girl” by Hope Jahren. For more information, visit .

To submit an activity, email Erin Pennington at
PreAward Services is hiring for four grant specialist positions. These positions are responsible for all aspects of preaward research administration with a specialty focus on grant and contract development with emphasis on international subaward agreements and prime contracts, review and negotiation for such issues as intellectual property rights, insurance, liability, indemnification, foreign currency issues, consistency with federal and state laws, regulations and university policies.

3:30-5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 12
206 Student Union

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or NSF GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees. This session will take an in-depth look at the requirements for an NSF GFRP submission. A panel of faculty members who have served on review panels for this program will discuss tips and provide advice that you will not find in this program’s request for proposals. Students will also have an opportunity to talk about their research ideas with the panel. If you are serious about submitting to this program, this is a session you should not miss.

3:30-5 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 26
126 Leadership Studies

Learn about graduate fellowship opportunities. Key funding opportunities from NSF, DoD, DoE, Hertz Foundation, and the American Association of University Women will be discussed . Opportunities in the humanities and social sciences will also be addressed. Plus, learn to search for fellowships on your own.

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