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Research and the State

November 8, 2018
Engineering Complex
Poster presentations, 1:00-3:00 pm, Atrium
Announcement of winners, 4:00 pm, Engineering Hall (DUE 1109)
Event Purpose

K-State graduate students present posters of their research or scholarly work. Ten presenters are selected to represent K-State at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) held in the spring at the Capitol Building, where graduate students present their posters and discuss the implications their work has on issues in the state of Kansas. Presenters interact with state legislators, members of the Kansas Board of Regents, and the public. Additionally, Research and the State is a great opportunity for graduate students to share their research or scholarly work with the campus community.

Who may participate?

ALL K-State graduate students are invited to participate in this event and make the case for why the Kansas Legislature should be interested in the work being presented. Below is a list of topics that are of interest to Kansas legislators. HOWEVER, participation in the poster session is NOT limited to research/scholarly work in these areas.

Common topics of interest to legislators

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.

Registration and Abstract Submission has closed.

Poster Guidelines and Set-Up
  • Posters for Research and the State must not exceed 4 feet in width and 3 feet in height. Posters that exceed these dimensions may be disqualified.

  • 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.

  • Presenters are to check-in and set-up their posters between 12:15pm-1:00pm in the Engineering Complex Atrium on November 8.
Tips for a successful presentation
  • Posters should be designed and presented in a way that can be understood by a broad audience. You will be presenting your work to an academically diverse audience, so you should not present your work in the same way that you would for experts in your field.

  • Communicating your work in a way that a non-expert audience can understand is more difficult than you might expect. To help you prepare an effective poster presentation for this event, you are encouraged to attend the sessions listed below.

  • View videos of Three Minute Thesis competition winners and utilize Three Minute Thesis preparation resources to prepare the three-minute oral presentation of your poster.

  • The Writing Center is an excellent resource to for helping students effectively communicate their research to a broad audience. Presenters are encouraged to contact the Writing Center to schedule an appointment with a tutor.


Faculty and Post-Doc Judge Volunteers
Register Here
Time Commitment
  • Arrive to the Engineering Complex Atrium at 12:45pm on November 8
  • Poster judging will begin at 1:00pm
  • The duration of poster judging may be anywhere from 1 hour to 2.5 hours and will be determined after the abstract submission deadline on September 28. If you are available for at least the minimum time commitment, you are encouraged to volunteer.

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

**Judges may be assigned to evaluate posters in an area of research very different from their own research/scholarly background.**

Graduate students participating in Research and the State are competing for selection to represent K-State at the Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) where they will have the opportunity to share their work with state legislators. It is important that students participating in the CGRS are able to effectively communicate their research to the general public. To provide an evaluation of poster presentations from this perspective, some judges will be assigned to evaluate posters in an area of research very different from their own research/scholarly background.

Judging related questions may be directed to Megan Miller at mmmiller@ksu.edu or 532-6191.


Capitol Graduate Research Summit

February 26, 2019
2nd Floor Rotunda of State Capitol Building, Topeka
Learn More...

The following graduate students represented K-State at the 15th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) on March 27, 2018. The CGRS is an annual showcase of research conducted by graduate students from Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Wichita State University. Participants share their research posters with state legislators and members of the Kansas Board of Regents. The top presenters from each university will receive $500 scholarships sponsored by the participating institutions and BioKansas.

*Winner of the K-State Graduate School award

**Winner of BioKansas award


Degree Program

Presentation Title

**Laura Constance

Pathobiology, PhD

Role of the gut microbiome in response to vaccination and viral respiratory infection in growing pigs

Sam Fox

Biology, PhD

Soil microbial community shifts due to different fire severities

Jillian Joyce

Human Nutrition, PhD

Development of evidence-based school lunch best practices: A critical review

Rijesh Karmacharya

Civil Engineering, MS

Calibration of highway safety manual for 4-legged signalized intersections at urban and suburban areas in Kansas

Ashley Kelly

Horticulture, MS

Inspiring future conservationists through a junior zookeeper program

Kahao Lim

Civil Engineering, PhD

Sustainable resource recovery from municipal wastewater in a pilot-scale anaerobic membrane bioreactor (ANMBR) at Ft. Riley, KS

Narmadha Mohankumar

Statistics, PhD

Optimizing the design of the Kansas mesonet environmental monitoring network

Barrett Scroggs

Human Ecology, Life Span Human Development, PhD

The influence of parental emotional support on income and well-being during the transition to adulthood: A life-span approach comparing sexual minority and heterosexual individuals

*Stuart Sprague

Horticulture, PhD

Expression of ATGRXS17 in maize increases yield under heat stress

Tom Su

Family Studies and Human Services, Couple and Family Therapy, MS

Enhance health with a new evidence-based treatment for depression


K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery (GRAD) Forum

March 29, 2018
Regnier Hall (new home of the College of Architecture)
Learn More...

The K-State GRAD Forum is an annual showcase of K-State graduate student research, scholarly work, and discovery. This on-campus event provides 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.

View the 2018 K-GRAD Abstract Booklet

Directions to presentation rooms in Regnier Hall

Information for Presenters

A schedule with presentation times and additional instructions was sent to all presenters on March 10. Presenters should send questions and concerns through the messaging system in the 2018 K-State GRAD Forum course on Canvas.

Poster Guidelines and Set Up:
  • Posters must not exceed five feet in width and must not exceed four feet in height.  
  • Use of foam boards and attachment of three-dimensional objects to posters is highly discouraged to ensure posters will attach securely to walls/display boards. 
  • All materials for poster display (e.g., push pins, display boards/walls) will be provided by the Graduate Student Council.
  • 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 a two hour period (exact time to be determined).
  • Poster presenters must prepare a brief (3 minutes or less) oral presentation of their poster that can be understood by a general audience 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 must give a 10 minute talk on their research using language that can be understood by a general audience, after which judges and attendees will be invited to ask questions. 
  • Presenters should prepare a PowerPoint presentation or a similar form of visual presentation to accompany their talk. 
  • Tech equipment for PowerPoint presentations will be provided.  
  • Presenters must upload their presentation in the 2018 K-State GRAD Forum course in Canvas by 11:59pm on March 27. 
Tips for a successful presentation 
  • Research/scholarly work should be presented in a way that can be understood by a broad audience. You will be presenting your work to an academically diverse audience, so you should not present your work in the same way that you would for experts in your field. 

  • Attend the following GSC Professional Development seminar to help you prepare for your presentation.
    • Poster and Oral Presentations 101
      March 14, 2:00-4:00pm, Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union

Learn more and register for this seminar on the GSC Professional Development webpage.

  • View videos of Three Minute Thesis competition winners and utilize Three Minute Thesis preparation resources. These resources may be especially helpful for poster presenters, but many of the resources can be applied to 10-minute oral presentations.  

  • The Writing Center is an excellent resource to for helping students effectively communicate their research to a broad audience. Presenters are encouraged to contact the Writing Center to schedule an appointment with a tutor. 

Sessions and Awards

K-State faculty judges will select the top presenter to receive a scholarship award in each of a variety of categories. The types and number of awards to be distributed will depend on participation and funding. Additional details will be provided at a later time. 



Questions about research forums may be directed to the Graduate Student Council at egsc@ksu.edu or the Graduate School at 785-532-6191.