Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence

Undergraduate Coordinator Office

The overall goal of the Undergraduate Coordinator Office is to increase and strengthen efforts to acquaint undergraduates with biomedical research on all campuses involved in the K-INBRE and to develop seamless career pathways leading to a career  in biomedical research. The K-INBRE’s exceptional record of mentoring undergraduates was documented in the publication “Assessment of the impact of the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence program on undergraduate participation in research” (Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education; 3:40-47. (PMID:24432200; PMC3890248). This office will: 

  1. Solicit and qualify programs submitted by the 10 Campus Coordinators to attract and retain promising students into biomedically-related science majors and to involve these students in cutting edge research;
  2. Assist the Coordinators at K-INBRE participating institutions in implementing their programs;
  3. Work with the Communications Core Director to continue and expand communication to trainees through networking via the videoconferencing network;
  4. Assist the PI and staff in the implementation of symposia and workshops where students can present their research and hear research presentations by internationally recognized scientists;
  5. Supervise the award of funds to support Summer Scholars, Translational Research Scholars, Community Based Scholars, Bioinformatics Scholars, and Star Trainees.

Undergraduate Coordinator Office Contacts

Keith Chapes PhotoS. Keith Chapes, PhD, MPH (Undergrad Office Director, KSU Campus Coordinator)
Division of Biology
Kansas State University
239C Chalmers Hall, 1717 Claflin Rd
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: 785-532-3935



KJ Abraham PhotoK. J. Abraham, PhD (LU Campus Coordinator)
Department of Biology
Langston University
219 HAMH, HWY 33 P.O. Box 1500
Langston, OK 73050
Phone: 405-466-3310



KJ Abraham PhotoTim Burnett, PhD (ESU Campus Coordinator)
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Emporia State University
1200 Commercial St., Campus Box 4050
Emporia, KS 66801
Phone: 620-341-5910



Bridgett Chapin PhotoBridgett Chapin, PhD (HINU Campus Coordinator)
Environmental Science Department
Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue, Box 5029
Lawrence, KS 66046
Phone: 785-832-6609



William Hendry PhotoWilliam Hendry, III, PhD (WSU Campus Coordinator)
Professor and Chair
Department of Biological Sciences
Wichita State University
529 Hubbard Hall, 1845 Fairmount Dr.
Wichita, KS 67260-0026
Phone: 316-978-6086; Fax: 316-978-3772



Sam Leung PhotoSam Leung, PhD (WU Campus Coordinator)
Department of Chemistry
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621
Phone: 785-670-2375



Mike Madden PhotoMichael E. Madden, PhD, RT(R)(CT)(MR) (FHSU Campus Coordinator)
Professor, Director Radiologic Technology & Medical Diagnostic Imaging Programs
Department of Allied Health
Fort Hays State University
130 Cunningham Hall, 600 Park St.
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone: 785-628-5678



Virginia Rider PhotoVirginia Rider, PhD (PSU Campus Coordinator)
Pittsburg State University
1706 South Joplin, 213 Heckert-Wells
Pittsburg, KS 66762-7552



John Stanford PhotoJohn A. Stanford, PhD (Program Coordinator, KUMC Campus Coordinator)
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-7416; Fax: 913-588-7430



Robert Ward PhotoRobert Ward, PhD (KU Campus Coordinator)
Associate Professor
Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
4004 Haworth Hall
Lawrence, KS 66045
Phone: 785-864-5235