Research Forums

Capitol Graduate Research Summit

11th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS)
February 13, 2014
2nd Floor Rotunda of State Capitol Building, Topeka

The following graduate students were selected as the top 10 presenters at the Research and the State graduate student poster session held on October 29, 2013. These 10 students will represent KSU by presenting their research posters at the 11th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) in Topeka on February 13, 2014. The CGRS is an annual showcase of research conducted by graduate students from Kansas State University, Wichita State University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Participants will share their research posters with state legislators and the Board of Regents. At the CGRS, two judges (one from academics and one from industry) will select the top two presenters from each participating university to receive a $500 scholarship sponsored by KansasBio.

Visit the CGRS website for more information about the event.



Degree Program

Presentation Title

Megan Brown

Agronomy, MS

Greenhouse gas footprints of two non-legume cover crops following winter wheat

Bryan Cafferky

Marriage and Family Therapy, PhD

A meta-analysis of relationship factors impacting couples with IPV

Joseph Chapes

Mass Communications, MS

Encouraging the adoption of E. Coli control and prevention strategies: analysis of an online training intervention

Fariba Fateh

Electrical Engineering, PhD

A nonlinear control scheme for extremum power seeking in wind turbine energy conversion systems

Tim Hoffman

Chemical Engineering, PhD

Growth of HBN using metallic boron: Isotopically enriched 10BN for neutron detection

Joseph Holste

Civil Engineering, PhD

Transfer-length measurements on concrete railroad ties fabricated with 15 different prestressing reinforcements

Keyla Lopez

Animal Sciences, PhD

Validation of washing treatments to reduce pathogens in fresh produce

Andrew McGowan

Agronomy, PhD

Impact of nitrogen rate on nitrous oxide emissions and life cycle greenhouse gas emissions in switchgrass-based cellulosic ethanol

Mohammadreza Mirzahosseini

Civil Engineering, PhD

Study of the feasibility of using combined glass particle sizes and types in concrete as partial cement replacement

Lance Noll


Veterinary Biomedical Science, MS

A four plex real-time pcr assay for the detection and quantification of escherichia coli o157 in cattle feces

K-State Research Forum

March 26, 2014
2nd Floor, K-State Student Union

The K-State Research Forum (KRF) is an annual showcase of research, scholarly, and creative activities conducted by undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines at K-State. This on-campus event provides K-State students an opportunity to share their activities with the K-State community and to gain experience presenting their work in a professional setting.


Hard copies WILL NOT be distributed at the event. 

Contact Information: Questions and concerns should be directed to the GSC Research Forums Committee (


K-State faculty members who are interested in serving as a judge for the 2014 K-State Research Forum should complete the online registration form

The GSC Research Forums Committee will contact volunteers in March with notification of their judging assignment or to inform them that they are not needed to serve as a judge. 


K-State faculty judges will select up to the top three presenters to receive awards in each of the following sessions.*  The first place presenters from these sessions also will be presented with a plaque recognizing their accomplishment to be displayed in the students’ home departments until the following year’s event.

*The types and number of awards listed below are dependent upon participation and funding and are subject to change.

Undergraduate student presentation sessions

  • Oral presentations – all disciplines
  • Poster presentations – all disciplines

Graduate student presentation sessions

  • Oral sessions
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Biological Sciences
    • Engineering, Math, and Physical Sciences
    • Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
    • Interdisciplinary Research
  • Poster sessions for all disciplines
    • Agricultural Sciences
    • Biological Sciences
    • Engineering, Math, and Physical Sciences
    • Social Sciences, Humanities, and Education
    • Interdisciplinary Research

Information about Presentation Formats

Poster Guidelines and Set Up:

  • Posters must not exceed 5 feet in width. 
  • Posters will be hung on portable walls, and push pins will be provided. 
  • Posters should be displayed the entire day and may be collected after the awards ceremony.  Presenters will need to be present with their posters during approximately a two hour period (exact time to be determined).
  • Poster presenters should prepare a brief (3 minutes or less) oral presentation of their poster and should be prepared to answer questions from judges and attendees. 
  • Presenters will be provided with a sample judge evaluation sheet in the spring.

Oral Presentation Guidelines and Equipment:

  • Students giving oral presentations should plan to speak for 10 minutes, after which judges and attendees will be permitted to ask questions. 
  • Presenters should prepare a powerpoint presentation or a similar form of visual presentation to accompany their talk. 
  • PC laptops will be set up for presenters. 
  • Additional instructions about uploading presentations prior to the event and a sample judge evaluation sheet will be provided in the spring. 


Research and the State

Research and the State Graduate Student Poster Session
October 28, 2014
KS Ballroom, K-State Student Union

Research and the State is an event at which graduate students present their scholarly research to the K-State community and discuss the implications their research has for important state-related issues: sustainable water supply, economic development and job creation, workforce development, plant and animal health, food safety; from farm to fork, health conditions impacting the health of Kansas including cancer, obesity, diabetes, and other conditions, health care costs, alternative health care, community development and quality of life in rural communities, alternative and sustainable energy sources, education; student achievement and student testing, business attraction in the state.

K-State faculty judges select the top 10 presenters to represent K-State at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) in the spring.


Below are instructional documents that participants may wish to view prior to the opening of registration and abstract submission period. 

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 26, 2014- 11:59pm CST

Poster Guidelines and Set Up

  • Posters for Research and the State should not exceed 5 feet in width.
  • However, if selected to present your poster at the CGRS in the Spring, your poster must not exceed 4 feet in width and 3 feet in height.
  • Posters will be hung on portable walls and push pins will be provided. 
  • Mounting posters to foam boards and attaching three dimensional objects to posters is discouraged because these materials can make it difficult to attach the poster to the portable walls.

A detailed event schedule and additional instructions for presenters will be provided in October.