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2017 All-University Achievements

  • The smart choice: National study finds K-State best educational value in Kansas for third year in a row.

  • Critical acclaim: Analysis shows K-State a leader in improving students' critical thinking skills.

  • Powerful program: Online master's program in electrical engineering among nation's best.

  • Rising young researcher: Assistant professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering receives $360,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Research Program.

  • Reeling in another big one: K-State Fishing Team national champs again.

  • Driven to succeed: Computer science associate professor receives Young Investigator Award from Office of Naval Research for autonomous autos research.

  • Oh, the places they'll go: Five students receive U.S. Department of State's Gilman scholarship for study abroad.

  • For engineering excellence: Civil engineering student receives SMART scholarship from U.S. Department of Defense.

  • Pulling their weight: For 19th time in last 20 years, a K-State quarter-scale tractor team places in top three of international competition.

  • Going viral: Biology student receives national fellowship from the American Society of Microbiology for her baculovirus research.

  • Living legend: Zelia Wiley receives 2017 Legend Award from Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

  • Smart planners: SMART Cats Team one of five finalists in American Planning Association's Smart Cities Student Competition.

  • Global potential: K-State student named a Cargill Global scholar.

  • National innovator: K-State earns Excellence in Innovation award from Campus Management for cutting-edge technology in new Berney Family Welcome Center.

  • Trendsetter: Dean of College of Agriculture John Floros named co-chair of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Science Breakthroughs 2030 project.

  • Udall scholar: Amber Berg receives Udall Scholarship for environmental interests; Jael Whitney earns second honorable mention nod.

  • Leading the future: K-State's Nathan McClain one of 10 students in U.S. to be named 2017 Cargill Global Scholar.

  • National winners: American Kinesiology Association recognizes three K-State students with national awards.

  • A future in foreign service: Sierra Lekie receives Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship with the U.S. State Department.

  • Building a stellar reputation: Katie Loughmiller receives Associated Schools of Construction Excellence in Teaching Award.

  • Highlighting the Sunflower State: Ted Cable publishes "Driving across Kansas: A Guide to I-70, Revised and Updated Edition."

  • Soil sensations: Soil Judging Team digs up second-place national finish.

  • Food safety leader: Research by K-State's Center for Sensory Analysis and Consumer Behavior used in new national food handling safety campaign.

  • Fulbright experience: Nathan Dowell selected by Fulbright Commission for Durham University Summer Institute in U.K.

  • Reigning champs: Interdisciplinary student team wins EPA's Campus RainWorks Challenge.

  • Outstanding researchers: Five graduate students, two alumni receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

  • Making the switch easy: K-State named to Phi Kappa Theta Transfer Honor Roll.

  • It's a deal: K-State's National Strategic Selling Institute recognized as top sales program for sixth straight year.

  • Green standard: K-State again tops Big 12 in Recylemania.

  • Talented with turbines: Wildcat Wind Power team takes second in wind turbine competition.

  • Nod for excellence: Grain science and industry head Gordon Smith named an IFT fellow.

  • Standout designer: APDesign's Sebnem Demirkan receives 2017 Design Intelligence Award in the Design Frontiers category.

  • Feeding the future: Three graduate students selected for U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.

  • Among the world's best: Entomology, animal sciences and industry at K-State rank among best places in world to study, research and begin a career.

  • Scholar excellence: Vaithish Velazhahan is K-State's newest Goldwater scholar; three students earn honorable mention.

  • Making a CAREER of it: Industrial and manufacturing systems engineering's Jessica Heier Stamm becomes university's fourth NSF CAREER award winner this year.

  • Prestigious honor: Plant pathology doctoral student is one 10 national recipients of the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship.

  • Making meat of the competition: K-State wins national meat animal evaluation team crown.

  • Top teacher: Doctoral student in psychological sciences is fifth student from K-State to win the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching Award since 2011.

  • Cyber superstars: Cyber Defense Team wins second in national competition.

  • This team means business: K-State MBA team takes second in Big 12 MBA Case Competition.

  • Master musician: David Pickering receives an E. Power Biggs Fellowship of the Organ Historical Society.

  • A career of excellence: K-State geography professor receives lifetime achievement award from the American Association of Geographers.

  • Research recognized: Josh Smith, doctoral student in kinesiology, recipient of the Charles M. Tipton Student Research Award from the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • Select scholarship: Veterinary student one of five in nation to earn $5,000 American Association of Swine Veterinarians Foundation/Merck Animal Health Veterinary Student Scholarship.

  • Top scholar: Doctoral student in marriage and family therapy selected for $15,000 Scholar Award from P.E.O. Sisterhood.

  • Tops in his field: Andrew Smith, Kansas State Polytechnic Campus, named 2017 Ivan D. Livi Aviation Maintenance Educator of the Year.

  • A beautiful place to be: Travel + Leisure says K-State most beautiful campus in Kansas.

  • K-State is 'tree'mendous: Manhattan campus selected a Tree Campus USA for third year in a row.

  • Building the best: Two of the latest additions to campus — Berney Family Welcome Center and Engineering Hall — earn honors from the Associated General Contractors of Kansas Inc.

  • Professional excellence: College of Engineering's Asad Esmaeily new fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

  • Top teacher: College of Education's Lisa Rubin named among the outstanding women leaders in higher education.

  • Ruling the airwaves: K-State students earn honors from Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

  • Our union rocks: K-State Student Union among nation's best.

  • Engineering potential: Mechanical engineer's research related to water conservation earns NSF CAREER award.

  • Best in state: Phillip Vardiman is Kansas Athletic Trainer of the Year.

  • Salute for excellence: K-State Air Force ROTC cadets earn 100 percent selection rate.

  • Paper perfection: Personal financial planning faculty member, student earn best paper award.

  • Always on trend: K-State recognized as a top 3-D printing university.

  • Defining excellence: Black Student Union best in big 12 for ninth time in last 12 years.

  • Top-tier educator: Dean of Graduate School, Carol Shanklin, a 2017 Icon of Education.

  • Simply the best: College of Education's Kakali Bhattachary receives the 2017 Outstanding Book Award from the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry.

  • Leading the way: Tiffany Carter, doctoral student in agronomy, and Carlos Flores, senior in agricultural economics, are 2017 USDA Agricultural Outlook Forum Student Diversity Program winners.

  • Building success: K-State's chapter of Associated General Contractors is best in nation.

  • Researcher, doctoral student receive federal fellowships to study grain crops, dairy production strategies.

  • National scholars: Two architectural engineering students receive national ASHRAE scholarships.

  • Video honor: Safiya Woodard, senior in mass communications, wins top prize in the 2016 Biotech University reporting contest, a $2,500 academic scholarship, for her video documentary.

  • Two in a row: K-State Forage Bowl Team claims second straight national championship.

  • Recognized role model: APDesign's Tim de Noble receives award for advocacy of architecture.

  • Winning IDEA: Anthropology student is one of 15 national winners of the Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences, or IDEAS, Scholar Award from the National Science Foundation.

  • Best in Big 12: K-State's recycling program wins the conference's Gameday Challenge in recycling for the 2016 football season.

  • Ultracool for school: Manhattan among nation's best college towns.

  • Up and coming: Chemistry's Emily McLaurin receives prestigious NSF CAREER Award.

  • Bridge to success: Junior in English receives Bridging Scholarship to Japan from the American Association of Teaches of Japanese.

  • Excellent agronomist: Mary Beth Kirkham receives Distinguished Scientist Award from Soil Science Society of America, and becomes first American woman elected honorary member of the International Union of Soil Sciences.

  • Gilman winners: Three K-State students earn Gilman scholarships to study abroad.