Undergraduate Research Experience

Note 10.9.2018: These pages are work-in-progress for the STEM department as we’re exploring ways to bring all our content together. The content here may move around or run the risk of being inaccurate while we look for ways to merge everything together. For the time being, we recommend using the reviewing the STEM program pages for academic information and visit the STEM website for more details.

The KapCC STEM Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) participants gain hands-on experience, valuable insight into the research and professional workplace, while developing the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in the STEM field. Students conduct research alongside STEM faculty in independent, group, or competition team projects. URE students can apply for research stipends each semester.

Information Packet Past URE Projects


While all students are welcome to participate in the URE Program, those wishing to apply for student stipends and/or funding must meet certain eligibility criteria:

  • Must be taking at least 6 credits at KapCC.
  • Registered STEM student in a STEM major (Contact STEM Coordinator, Keomailani Eaton for more info)
  • Registered for the ASNS Degree (Contact Academic Counselor, Lisa Yrizarry for more info)
  • Faculty mentor approval
  • In good academic standing
  • Complete and return the URE application form by the appropriate deadline for projected research term as listed on the application form.


Students interested in participating in the STEM URE should first find a faculty mentor to discuss possible projects or interests. Once a research project has been established, students may apply for the STEM URE program and a research stipend.

Students are also encouraged to apply for other summer research internships to broaden their experiences.

For existing URE Students



As part of our efforts to continuously improve our URE Program, we would like to ask you to take a 15-minute survey about your experience as an undergraduate researcher.The survey will be submitted anonymously and your name will NOT be associated with your survey answers.

Student Posters

Most STEM Program URE students must create final posters as part of their semester capstone project or to present at a national conference, such as NCUR or SACNAS.

Poster Templates
Most of the posters should be in one of two formats, 36″x24″ or 48″x36″. For printing purposes, we recommend that students create their posters in PowerPoint (or a PowerPoint compatible program) at half-size. The posters will be printed at 200% to reach the dimensions mentioned above.

Students need not follow the template exactly and are free to change the format as necessary for their particular poster. The only aspects of the poster template that must remain unchanged are the dimensions of the poster template and the title format (title, name, faculty advisor, KapCC).

Additionally, all posters will require the logos of sponsoring organizations. For most students, this will include KapCC, the STEM Program, and the organizations responsible for holding the conference or workshop (such as the National Science Foundation, NCUR, INBRE, and SACNAS). For the most part, we recommend that students use .GIF formats for logos as they allow for transparent backgrounds and can be used on posters of any color.

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