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Capitol Graduate Research Summit

February 12, 2015
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 28, 2014. These 10 students represented the university by presenting their research posters at the 12th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) on February 12, 2015. The CGRS is an annual showcase of research conducted by graduate students from Kansas State University, Wichita State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Pittsburg State University, and Fort Hays State University. Participants shared their research posters with state legislators and members of the Kansas Board of Regents. The top presenters from each university received $500 scholarships.

1 Winner of $500 scholarship from KSU Graduate School
2 Winner of $500 scholarship from BioKansas


Degree Program

Presentation Title

Grace Bokelman

Grain Science, MS

Evaluating the use of long-term conditioning or extrusion to extract nutrients from low energy feedstuffs in finisher pigs

Roger Cochrane

Grain Science, MS

Effectiveness of various chemical mitigation strategies on post-processing contamination of PEDv in feed and feed components

Yadhu Guragain

Grain Science, Ph.D.

Evaluation of sorghum and its mutants for efficient grain and biofuels production

Shelby Magnuson

Human Nutrition, MS

Flavor of raw pecan cultivars grown in Kansas

Curtis Maughan

Human Nutrition, Ph.D.

Unsafe behaviors observed in consumers when cooking poultry and eggs

Kavitha Penugonda1,2

Human Nutrition, Ph.D.

Iron bioavailability of sorghum, cowpea, corn and soybean fortified blended foods

Rukmini Puri Giri

Entomology, MS

Prevalence of shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in house flies from cattle feedlots

Ryan Schmid1

Entomology, Ph.D.

Hessian fly, Mayetiola destructor, response to different colors of LEDs

Raghavender Siramdas

Chemistry, Ph.D.

Time-controlled thermal effects on the sythesis of indium phosphide nanocrystals

Jan Vosahlik


Civil Engineering, Ph.D.

Air void clustering in concrete

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

March 30, 2016

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.



Information for Presenters

Poster Guidelines and Set Up:

  • Posters must not exceed five feet in width. Posters will be displayed on walls approximately 6 feet tall.  
  • 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 approximately a two hour period (exact time to be determined).
  • Poster presenters must 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 provided by the Graduate Student Council. 
  • 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 scholarship awards in 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.

Research and the State

October 27, 2015
KS Ballroom, K-State Student Union


At Research and the State graduate students from all disciplines present their research or scholarly work to the K-State community and discuss the implications their research has for important issues that are especially relevant in the state of Kansas. K-State faculty judges select the top 10 presenters to represent K-State at the annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) held in the spring in Topeka. Students who participate in the CGRS have the opportunity to share their research posters with state legislators, members of the Kansas Board of Regents, and the public.  

Below is a list of topics that are often of interest to Kansas legislators. HOWEVER, participation in the poster session is NOT limited research/scholarly work in these areas.  Students from ALL disciplines are welcome to participate in Research and the State, and we encourage graduate students to think broadly as you communicate the importance of your work as it relates to topics of interest in the state of Kansas.

Topics of interest: 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.

Poster Guidelines and Set Up
  • Posters for Research and the State 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 2015 Research and the State graduate student poster session should complete the online registration form by clicking on the link above.

**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.

Judges will need to arrive to the K-State Student Union at 8:45am on October 27.  Poster judging will begin at 9:00am. 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 25. Thus, judges will need to be available from at least 8:45am-10:00am, but possibly as late as 11:30am. Faculty who are available for at least the minimum time commitment are encouraged 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.


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