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17 state colleges and universities are partnered in a new $24 million, five-year effort to advance research on resilient and socially equitable infrastructure in Kansas. The National Science Foundation EPSCoR initiative is led by Dr. Belinda Sturm, Professor of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas.

Learn more about the research

Read NSF press release 




MAPS Annual Science Meeting 

October 28, 2022 | 10AM-3PM

This meeting will feature microbiome research in Kansas ecosystems, with a focus on synthesizing data collected across aquatic, plant, and soil systems. 

More details coming soon



Education, Outreach & Diversity Conference

Sept 11-14, 2022
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
Registration Deadline August 29
Learn more    

27th NSF EPSCoR National Conference

November 13-16, 2022
Portland, Maine
Learn more

Other Resources & NSF News

Virtual elementary school lessons on ecology and hands-on activities developed in accordance with Next Generation Science Standards in both English and Spanish

March 30, 2022 MAPS Virtual Research Symposium – Presentations

March 8 – 9, 2021 MAPS Virtual Research Symposium Recordings: Day 1 and Day 2

March 1 & 2, 2020 MAPS Annual Research Symposium Presentations 

NSF News

NSF Science Matters News

NSF EPSCoR/IDeA Foundation News and Updates

NSF Fact Sheets

Kansas NSF EPSCoR News

K-State scientists find surprises in bison wallows

K-State scientists find surprises in bison wallows

Assistant Professor Zak Ratajczak at Kansas State University did not wallow away his summer. Instead, he and his students analyzed microbiomes and plant communities in bison wallows at the Konza Prairie with funding from a Kansas NSF EPSCoR First Award. More than...

Senator Moran learns about mobile museum

Senator Moran learns about mobile museum

Senator Jerry Moran met with Associate Director for Informal Science Education, Teresa MacDonald, at the KU Natural History Museum this August during his campus visit for the dedication of the new Innovation Park. Teresa shared information about the Mobile Museum and...

Archived MAPS Blog Articles

11/6/2019                     SAVE THE DATE – MARCH 2, 2020!

11/5/2019                     KU doctoral student teaches ecology to Kansas 3rd grade students through the MAPS KEES Program

10/21/2019                   Geography and Atmospheric Science Doctoral Student Mentors HERS Students

9/26/2019                     HERS Student Explores Cultural Losses Imposed by Ghost Forests

9/18/2019                     MAPS REU Student Studies the Effectiveness of Disease Control Measures in Pathosystems

9/6/2019                       Kansas NSF EPSCoR New Funding Opportunity for Early Career Faculty

9/5/2019                       KSU-LSAMP Student Studies Groundwater Discharge across Kansas

9/3/2019                       MAPS Researcher Receives Three New NSF Awards

8/26/2019                     HERS Student Studies the Impact Warming Waters has on Westslope Cutthroat Trout

8/20/2019                     KS-LSAMP Student Studies Interference Competition Among Biovar 1 Agrobacteria

8/12/2019                      KU Distinguished Professor and MAPS Co-PI receive an NSF EPSCoR Track-2 FEC Award

8/6/2019                        MAPS Student Wins Best Undergraduate Presentation at Society for Freshwater Scientists Conference

7/30/2019                      Register for the DEPSCoR Northeast Regional Meeting

7/29/2019                      MAPS REU and HERS students present posters at the 2019 KU Summer REU Poster Session

7/22/2019                      Kansas Science Teachers Explore the Konza Prairie with the KSU MAPS Team

7/17/2019                      New Funding Opportunity for EPSCoR States – DEPSCoR

7/16/2019                      Registration is open for the 2019 EPSCoR National Conference a October 27-30, 2019

7/2/2019                        HERS students prepare to present research at UCAR

6/17/2019                      Kansas NSF EPSCoR Announces Spring 2019  MAPS Research, Education and Innovation Awards

5/23/2019                      MAPS Graduate Student teaches “Sunflower Science” to school aged children

5/15/2019                      HERS student explores “Fire Sovereignty: Using Prescribed Burns to Conserve Tallgrass Prairies

5/15/2019                      MAPS Professor publishes 3rd edition of textbook titled: Freshwater Ecology

4/22/2019                      2018 Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute collaborative project for HS students and teachers

4/9/2019                        Kansas NSF EPSCoR Announces First Awards for the Spring of 2019

4/1/2019                        MAPS researchers discuss accomplishments at the 2019 MAPS Symposium

3/26/2019                      KSU LSAMP student presents MAPS research at the Emerging Researchers National Conference

2/19/2019                      Former HS Teacher studies Geomicrobiology and Microbial Ecology with MAPS Researchers

2/5/2019                        Registration is open for the 2019 MAPS Research Symposium on March 18, 2019

1/22/2019                      MAPS graduate student studies HABs and Kansas water quality

1/17/2019                      The 2019 KS NSF EPSCoR MAPS Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute is now accepting applications

1/16/2019                      REQUEST FOR WHITE PAPERS: (REI) AWARDS In Microbiome Research

1/10/2019                      MAPS 2018 Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute lessons making positive impacts in the classroom

12/12/2018                    The Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Institute is now accepting applications

11/28/2018                    The MAPS KEES program teaches seed dispersal to third graders in Spanish

11/20/2018                    MAPS graduate student researcher receives a Self Graduating Seniors Fellowship at KU

11/13/2018                    MAPS science team meets to discuss year one accomplishments and plans for year two

11/6/2018                      Girl Scouts of the Kansas Heartland learn about fungi

10/25/2018                    HERS student studies the environmental impacts of bison and fire on the prairie

10/16/2018                    Benedictine College student studies the impacts of fire severity on fungi

10/15/2018                    Kansas NSF EPSCoR Announces the MAPS REI Award Recipients

10/11/2018                    KSU MAPS researchers receive award from Department of Energy

10/10/2018                    ANNOUNCING MAPS First Award Funding Opportunity


10/4/2018                      UIUC Actuarial Science major predicts host infections in bird populations during KU REU

10/1/2018                      MAPS investigator, Dr. Walter Dodds, receives the KSU Karen Ann Griffith Research Award

9/25/2018                      KU MAPS researchers receive NSF ERA award to examine soil properties

9/21/2018                      MAPS REU student studies soil microbial communities in the tallgrass prairie

9/19/2018                      MAPS Researchers awarded NSF Earth Sciences Award

9/12/2018                      KS-LSAMP student studies agrobacterial genetic diversity

9/10/2018                      MAPS Researcher receives NSF Early Career Investigator Award in Plant Genome Research

9/6/2018                        HERS student examines wetland viability

9/5/2018                        NSF 2026 IDEA MACHINE Competition

8/30/2018                      NSF EPSCoR RII Track-2 FEC Solicitation

8/29/2018                      Collaboration between KSU, Oklahoma State University and Langston University to boost crop yields

8/22/2018                      MAPS REU student studies impact of soil microbial communities on native Kansas grasses

8/21/2018                      Three Kansas Assistant Professors receive NSF EPSCoR RII Track-4 Awards

8/15/2018                      HERS student studies the impact of rising sea levels on gentrification

8/8/2018                        First generation student studies “Nitrogen cycling and metabolism in drought-ridden prairie stream”

7/24/2018                      MAPS summer REU student from UMass studies fungal drought tolerance at KSU

7/18/2018                      EEB/MAPS REU student studies the effect of climate and land use on methanotrophic communities

6/26/2018                      “Kansas Farmers” exhibit to open August 11, 2018

6/6/2018                        KS teachers Conduct Field Research the 2018 Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute

5/23/2018                      REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS KANSAS NSF EPSCoR MAPS – (REI)

5/21/2018                      Free NSF Webinar to highlight NSF Funding Opportunities to Broaden Participation in STEM

5/1/2018                        Kansas Students travel to Nebraska for the 2018 Women in Science Conference

4/26/2018                      Kansas NSF EPSCoR Announces MAPS First Award Recipients for 2017 – 2018

4/12/2018                      Two MAPS Researchers Receive an NSF DEB RAPIDS Award

4/3/2018                        MAPS Investigator presents at Big Botany Symposium

3/19/2018                      DOE EPSCoR Funding Opportunity

2/27/2018                      Topeka Dual Language 3rd Graders Learn about Soils

1/23/2018                      Applications are now available for the 2018 Ecosystems of Kansas Summer Institute

1/8/2018                        2018 Spring Semester begins with a Collaborative MAPS Course

12/14/2017                    Informational Webinar for the EPSCoR RII Track-4

12/11/2017                    Funding Opportunity EPSCoR RII Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows

11/15/2017                    MAPS Outreach Team Teaches a Lesson on Seed Dispersal to 3rd graders

11/13/2017                    MAPS Graduate Student Research Opportunities

10/20/2017                    First Award Letter of Intent Submission Deadline Extended

10/17/2017                    NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Program: Track-2 Funding Opportunity

10/16/2017                    First Awards – Kansas NSF EPSCoR Funding Opportunity

10/4/2017                      Hays, Kansas Community Connections interviews MAPS Fort Hays State Researcher

9/29/2017                      Researchers meet to strategically plan for the MAPS NSF EPSCoR Track-1 Award

9/28/2017                      Former Kansas NSF EPSCoR First Award Recipient Receives NSF PIRE Award

9/11/2017                      Two Kansas Assistant Professors receive NSF EPSCoR Track-4 Awards

9/6/2017                        KS EPSCoR sponsors KU Natural History Museum’s present to KU TRIO Talent MS students

9/1/2017                        KS NSF EPSCoR receives 20-million-dollar grant to study aquatic, plant and soil microbiomes