Research Forums

Capitol Graduate Research Summit

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 31, 2015
2nd Floor, K-State Student Union

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

Registration and abstract submission will open November 2014.

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

Registration and abstract submission deadline
Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:59pm CST

Questions and concerns should be directed to the GSC Research Forums Committee by emailing

Preliminary 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.  Use of foam boards and attachment of three-dimensional objects to posters should be avoided to ensure posters will attach securely to poster walls. 
  • 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. 
Sessions and Awards

K-State faculty judges will select up to the top three presenters to receive awards in a variety of research categories.  The types and number of awards to be distributed will depend on participation and funding.  Additional details will be provided in the spring semester.

Research and the State

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. Also refer to Kansas House and Senate standing committees to identify areas of interest to state legislators. 

K-State faculty judges select the top 10 presenters to represent K-State at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS). Research and the State is open to the public and free to attend.

View the Research and the State abstract booklet.

Event Schedule
8:15-9 a.m.Presenter check in and poster set upKS Ballroom
8:45 a.m.Judge check inKS Ballroom
9-11 a.m.Poster presentations and judgingKS Ballroom
1 p.m.Ceremony to announce presenters selected to participate in the CGRSBig 12 Room
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, 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.


K-State faculty members who are interested in serving as a judge for the 2014 Research and the State graduate student poster session should complete the online registration form by clicking on the link above. 

Poster judging will begin at 9 a.m. Judges should arrive to the K-State Student Union at 8:45 a.m. The duration of poster judging may be anywhere from 1-2.5 hours and will be determined after the abstract submission deadline on Sept. 26. Thus, judges will need to be available from at least 8:45-10 a.m., and possibly as late as 11:30 a.m. Faculty who are available for at least the minimum time commitment are encourage to volunteer. 

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