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KU-Sonora Summer Research Program in Global Perspective

Program Overview

  • June 1 - July 27, 2019
  • An 8-week research project under the supervision of KU faculty
  • Participation in a weekly interdisciplinary research seminar given by a KU faculty member
  • Introduction to graduate school in the United States
  • Program Cultural and Social Events
  • Optional participation in a wide variety of low- and no-cost  social and cultural actvities offered through the Office of International Student Services



Universidad de Sonora
Sonora State Government 
KU Provost Office 
KU CLAS Dean Office 
KU Department of Physics & Astronomy 


Travel Information

The KU-Sonora Summer Research Program arrival date is June 1, 2019.

Flying into Kansas City International Airport, Missouri (MCI)

  • The Kansas City airport is a one-hour drive from Lawrence, Kansas where the University of Kansas is located.
  • Staff from ISP will meet you at the airport and assist you in catching the shuttle to Lawrence.
  • Once you have gotten off the plane, ISP staff members will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: The University of Kansas Welcomes the KU-Sonora Summer Research Program
  • The staff members will help you find your luggage and catch the shuttle to Lawrence.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact ISP staff at 785-521-5944.  We will need to reschedule your shuttle.
  • The staff will ride the shuttle back to Lawrence with you and help you get settled into Hashinger Hall where you will be living during your program.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Housing and Meals


Participants will live with a roommate from the program in a double occupancy room in Hashinger Hall on the University of Kansas campus. 

Hashinger Hall

  • You will live in a 2-person room with a sink
  • Each person will have a lofted bed, desk, desk chair, dresser and closet.
  • The hall has a central living room area where students can gather to socialize, watch TV, play games and study.
  • Laundry facilities are located in the building.
  • You will be provided with sheets, a blanket, a pillow and a towel for use during your program.
  • The location of Hashinger Hall is also an advantage with its close proximity to Mrs. E's Dining Center and several bus stops.


  • Participants will be provided 19 meals per week.
    • During the week, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided
    • On the weekends, two meals a day (brunch & dinner) will be provided
    • Students can eat at either of the two major campus dining halls (Mrs. E's Dining Hall and South Dining Commons)
    • Mrs. E's is located right next to Hashinger Residence Hall
  • Both campus dining halls feature food-court style service, all-you-care-to-eat at each meal and big dining areas.  Each is a wonderful venue for students to meet up wih other participants and campus friends to unwind at the end of the day.

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.

  • They will decide whether to treat you at the Health Center or to send you to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Do not go to the hospital without a referral from the Student Health Center. It will be expensive, and the insurance company may not reimburse you.


  • As a student at the University of Kansas, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You and your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.
Watkins Hours of Operation

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student health insurance.

As a student at KU, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are here. 

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges.  During the break times between semesters, there will be a charge for visiting a doctor but your insurance will help pay for that charge.

Medical Check-in

As a short-term program student at KU your medical requirements will be:

  • Two (2) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • Answering a Tuberculosis questionnaire

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor.

If your vaccination record is not in English, you can print the form found at this link and ask your doctor to fill it out and sign it.

In the U.S., the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show two vaccinations for each disease.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here. 


This summer program is designed to provide opportunities for the University of Sonora students to develop a research program under the supervision of KU faculty.  All students are expected to participate between 30-40 hours per week as part of the program activities.  Each student will carry out on-campus research in the Laboratory of a KU faculty member.  The students are expected to spend at least 6 hours a day in the Lab.

Every Wednesday all students are invited to participate in an interdisciplinary research seminar organized for this program.  The seminars will be given by a KU faculty, postdoctoral researcher or graduate student.  The seminar will last 50 minutes with 10-20 minutes for questions/comments.

Sonora Interdisciplinary Research Seminar

Field Trips

The program includes three purely social and cultural enrichment excursions. Program staff accompany all planned cultural events. During orientation, program staff will provide information on a rich array of optional on and off-campus activities and events.

  • Kansas City Trip - Nelson Atkins Museum  – Students will visit the nationally and internationally renowned Nelson Atkins Museum of Art. The Nelson Atkins houses a collection of art that includes works representing: African, Ancient, Chinese, Contemporary, European, Modern, Photography, South and Southeast Asian traditions.
  • 4th of July Celebration – The program will take the students to the annual Lawrence Independence Day celebration in Downtown Lawrence. They will have a chance to visit the celebration events, walk around downtown and then sit on the river bank of the Kaw River to watch the fireworks display.
  • Clinton Lake Picnic – Students and staff will go to an evening picnic at Clinton Lake, located 4 miles west of the university. Clinton is a 7,000 acre lake with 85 miles of shoreline. International Short Programs will reserve a shelter and students can help grill hamburgers. They can go swimming, play volleyball, do some hiking or just enjoy viewing the abundant wildlife. The location provides a wonderful setting to relax and socialize.


Optional Activities
Contact Information
Daniel Tapia Takaki, Ph.D.
Director, KU-Sonora Summer Research Program in Global Perspective
Professor, Physics and Astronomy
University of Kansas U.S.A.
Aaron Huerter
Interim Director, International Short Programs
International Affairs
University of Kansas U.S.A.
ISP Staff Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact ISP staff during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the ISP, you should call 785-521-5944.

Emergency phone:  785-521-5944

ISP Office phone:  785-864-6161

Mindy Van House
Office: (785) 864-1496

Erin Greer Smith
Office: (785) 864-1557

Grace Marco
Office: (785) 864-6161

Geri Lamer
Office: (785) 864-1321

Aaron Huerter
Office: (785) 864-5316