The Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars (KCUS) program is a comprehensive research experience designed to develop the next generation of leading researchers. The program immerses a cohort of students in a full year of research in a Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact affiliated lab, including labs that are members of our Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance at the University of Oregon. Applications are now open for students and mentors. The deadline for student applications is Nov. 26 and for mentors it is Dec. 1.
Morrhyssey Benz, a biochemistry major with a minor in environmental studies from Denver who is set to graduate in 2024. Benz is being mentored by Jonathan Dorogin in the Hettiaratchi Lab and is sponsored by Dave and Nancy Petrone. Benz is part of KCUS's largest cohort, yet, of 20 students.
“KCUS has provided me with the ability to converse with current scientists in the research field, where I was able to ask questions to better understand future career options. We also have had weekly meetings where I have learned more about academic research communities and scientific communication,” Benz said. “My next career goal is to attend graduate school so I can continue to pursue scientific research. The weekly meetings provide insight into this field, so I can be knowledgeable about my career choice. I am also grateful to do full-time research again in the summer, where I can experience what being a graduate student would be like.”
This fifth cohort reflects Knight Campus’ strong support for Oregon residents and for women in STEM. Sixty percent of the 2023 cohort is female and fifty percent of students are graduates of Oregon high schools. Additionally, half of this year’s group represent people of color as well as people who identify as more than one racial or ethnic group.
“We are excited to see this program continue to grow each year,” said Karl Reasoner, Senior Program Manager of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and director of the Knight Campus Undergraduate Scholars program. “This year’s cohort is our most diverse yet and represents our commitment to broadening participation in research.”
Learn more about KCUS and apply today.