KU Libraries, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences present digital exhibition: “A Story of Research”

The University of Kansas Libraries, in partnership with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, created a new digital exhibition featuring the story of the KU Research Excellence Initiative (REI). “A Story of Research” highlights the REI effort, which was made possible through the generosity of select College alumni funders and the expertise, passion and determination of university and citizen scholars.

"REI is helping to create a culture of research at the university, and this will have a major impact on our students," said Tamara Falicov, associate dean for research.

The REI provides internal funding to support the research and creative work of faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows, as well as undergraduate and graduate students at KU. The REI is a unique research grant because it requires partnering with students to offer them mentorship and individualized research opportunities.

“A Story of Research” is a story map that outlines several REI-funded projects, including:

  • “Particle Physics on the Plains,” Ian Lewis, assistant professor, Physics & Astronomy
  • “I, too, Sing America: Langston Hughes Unfurled,” Randal Jelks, professor, American Studies and African American-American Studies
  • “AIDS in the Heartland,” Katie Batza, associate professor, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

“The REI helps to support and to fuel the research mission of KU,” said Sarah Goodwin Thiel, faculty and community engagement librarian. “KU Libraries are honored to promote this initiative and are particularly excited to use the virtual format to increase access to this important work.”

The digital exhibition was created by the Haricombe Gallery exhibits and events team from KU Libraries. View the full digital story map including the projects listed above — and many more.