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Jayhawk Undergraduate Summer Training (JUST)


Undergraduate majors are encouraged to join a research lab over the summer to gain professional experience. This is particularly important for students entering their junior and senior years. For those undergraduates performing research, our JUST program consists of a series of lunch talks intended to introduce students to different areas of research and professional skills and a symposium at the end of the summer for students to present their research.

To stay up to date on summer happenings, email Dr. Hartwin Peelaers (peelaers@ku.edu) and Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick (akirkpatrick@ku.edu) to join the mailing list.


Virtual Lunch Talks 2021

Thursdays @ noon, in person or on zoom (weekly emails state location / meeting ID)




June 3

Dr. Hartwin Peelaers

Intro to Python

June 10

Dr. Alice Bean


June 17

Dr. Allison Kirkpatrick

Everything you wanted to know about academia but were too afraid to ask

June 24

Dr. Kevin Cooke

How the government funds science

July 1

Dr. Hume Feldman


July 8

Dr. Jennifer Delgado & Dr. Sarah Rush

Physics Education Research

July 15

Dr. Dave Besson

 Neutrinos and how to find them

July 22

Dr. Chris Fischer


July 29


Tips for giving a good talk

August 5


Practice Talks 

























JUST Symposium

August 6, 2020. This will feature short talks by undergrads on their summer research project, followed by a celebratory reception. Look for updates on Slack/email.


Professional Development

We have a repository of documents to help you learn to read papers, give talks, write articles, and more! Please visit our Google Drive to get started. Reach out to Dr. Mills (eacmills@ku.edu) with any questions.


Previous JUST Symposiums

Undergraduate researchers will present their projects to the department in a short talk at the end of the summer. Click here to look at talks from the 2020 JUST program.