2017 Student Achievements
- Rising research star: Doctoral student Haider Almkhelfe earns top prize for his research from American Institute of Chemical Engineers.
Well-played: K-State Saxophone Quartet earns first place in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Chamber Music Competition.
- Oh, the places they'll go: Two students receive prestigious Gilman scholarships for education abroad.
- Double accomplishment: Kansas State Polytechnic senior lands back-to-back internships with NASA.
- Poster pinnacle: Physics doctoral student Derrek Wilson wins top poster prize at national conference.
Elite honor: Doctoral student Tracee Watkins, human ecology, a 2017 James Beard Foundation National Scholar.
Select internship: Corey Miller, master's student in public health, serves summer internship with National Institutes of Health through a select NIH fellowship.
Perfect poster: Doctoral student in applied family science selected as the 2017 Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education's Outstanding Symposium Poster award winner.
Veterinary excellence: Three College of Veterinary Medicine students among 18 winners nationally of $5,000 scholarships from Merck Animal Health.
From the Little Apple to the Big Apple: Two journalism and mass communications students selected for the 2017 International Radio and Television Society Multicultural Career Workshop in New York City.
Select invitation: Physics doctoral student invited by Department of Defense to be featured speaker at the inaugural Science, Technology, and Innovation Exchange event.
Select honor: Six K-State pre-med students named 2017 Scholars in Rural Health.
Planning for success: Personal financial planning student receives TD Ameritrade scholarship.
Scholar in bloom: Horticulture student Megan Haresnape named Perennial Plant Association scholar.
Green thumbs up: Business student receives Lawn & Landscape scholarship.
Write stuff: Veterinary students place in national essay contest.
Making the case: MBA student member of winning team in 2017 X-Culture Symposia Human Resources Case Competition.
Research honor: Molly Bassette selected for Amgen Scholars Program.
- Soaking up success: Fountain Wars team takes third in international competition.
- Award-winning researcher: Hospitality management doctoral candidate receives 2017 School Nutrition Showcase Award Winner for Research at the School Nutrition Association annual conference.
Faculty, grad students earn honors from American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.
- Reserve national champs: K-State team excels at Academic Quadrathlon.
- Service salute: Two K-State students among military wives earn special national scholarship.
- Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellow: Sierra Lekie to use honor toward foreign service career.
- Great place to land: Kansas State Polytechnic team takes second in national airport design competition.
- Start of something big: Computer science students win at Kansas City Startup Weekend.
- Plan for success: Personal financial planning students earn honors.
- Select recipients: Biology students earn research grants from Histochemical Society.
- Oh, the places they'll go: Five students receive U.S. Department of State's Gilman scholarship for study abroad.
- Reeling in another big one: K-State Fishing Team national champs again.
- 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.
- 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.
- Future promise recognized: Mechanical engineering student receives 2017 Praxair Engineers of Tomorrow Scholarship.
Standout student: Veterinary medicine student only recipient of Oxbow Animal Health's veterinary degree scholarship.
- Udall scholar: Amber Berg one of 50 students in U.S. to earn Udall Scholarship; 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.
- For a future in foreign service: Sierra Lekie receives Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship with the U.S. State Department.
- Soil sensations: Soil Judging Team digs up second-place national finish.
- Career boost: Veterinary medicine student earns scholarship for her interest in becoming zoo/aquarium veterinarian.
- National winners: American Kinesiology Association recognizes three K-State students with national awards.
- 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.
- Talented with turbines: Wildcat Wind Power team takes second in wind turbine competition.
- Feeding the future: Three graduate students selected for U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security.
- A new kind of racer: Polytechnic student selected for inaugural drone racing competition.
- Scholar excellence: Vaithish Velazhahan is K-State's newest Goldwater scholar; three other students receive honorable mention.
- Making meat of the competition: K-State wins national meat animal evaluation team crown.
- Prestigious honor: Plant pathology doctoral student is one 10 national recipients of the Phi Kappa Phi Dissertation Fellowship.
- Cyber superstars: Cyber Defense Team wins second in national competition.
- 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.
- This team means business: K-State MBA team takes second in Big 12 MBA Case Competition.
- 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.
- Ruling the airwaves: K-State students earn honors from Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
- Select honor: Agronomy doctoral student selected as one of 13 students in the Caminos Thesis Competition in Food and Agricultural Sciences as a U.S. Department of Agriculture fellow.
- Recognized for service: K-State's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America named "most charitable."
- Defining excellence: Black Student Union best in big 12 for ninth time in last 12 years.
- 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.
- Researcher, doctoral student receive federal fellowships to study grain crops, dairy production strategies.
- 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.
- National scholars: Two architectural engineering students receive national ASHRAE scholarships.
- Two in a row: K-State Forage Bowl Team claims second straight national championship.
- Video victory: Mass communications student wins grand prize in the 2016 Biotech University reporting contest, a $2,500 academic scholarship.
- Senior honorary excellence: K-State Blue Key member Caitlyn Webb receives national Gregory Lee Smith Exemplary Blue Key Member Award and Scholarship.
- Gilman winners: Three K-State students earn Gilman scholarships to study abroad.
- Bridge to success: Junior in English receives Bridging Scholarship to Japan from the American Association of Teaches of Japanese.