Research and the State
November 9, 2017
K-State Student Union
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 29, 2017, 11:59pm CST
K-State graduate students present posters of their research or scholarly work. The top 10 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 greatopportunity 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
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, September 29, 2017 11:59pm CST
- Participation Guidelines
- Registration and Abstract Formatting Instructions
- Abstract Template - SPECIFIC FORMATTING IS REQUIRED. PLEASE USE THE TEMPLATE. DO NOT submit abstracts via email. Abstracts must be uploaded in the online registration form.
- Online Registration Form
Preparing an effective abstract - Know Your Audience!
- Your abstract needs to be written in a way that students and faculty from a variety of academic disciplines and the general public can understand.
- You will be presenting your work to a diverse audience at Research and the State, and if you are selected to participate in the Capitol Graduate Research Summit, you will be sharing your work with a very diverse audience, including state legislators who are not experts in your field.
- An abstract for this event needs to be written much differently than an abstract you would submit for a professional conference in your discipline. Explaining your research to individuals who are not experts in your field can be quite challenging.
- The Writing Center is an excellent resource to for helping you prepare an abstract for this specific audience. You are encouraged to contact the Writing Center to schedule an appointment with a tutor.
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 Union Courtyard on November 9.
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.
- Attend the following GSC Professional Development seminars to receive helpful tips on preparing a poster presentation (especially if you are new to giving poster presentations), and learn why and how to effectively communicate science and scholarship to general audiences.
- Poster Presentations 101
Oct. 11, 3:30-4:30pm, Big 12 Room, K-State Student Union
- Communicating Science and Scholarship to General Audiences
Oct. 17, 3-5pm, Wildcat Chamber, K-State Student Union
Learn more and register for these seminars on the GSC Professional Development webpage.
- Poster Presentations 101
- 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
- Arrive to the K-State Student Union at 12:45pm on November 9
- 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 29. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 532-6191.
Capitol Graduate Research Summit
March 10, 2017
2nd Floor Rotunda of State Capitol Building, Topeka
The following graduate students represented K-State at the 14th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit (CGRS) on March 10, 2017. 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 received $500 scholarships sponsored by the participating institutions and BioKansas.
*$500 University Award Winner
**$500 BioKansas Award Winner
Human Nutrition, PhD
Characterizing the inflammatory response to a high-fat meal in healthy adults: A systematic review
Characterization of parents of sorghum mapping populations exposed to water-deficit stress during the vegetative stage
Experimental natural selection of big bluestem ecotypes across the great plains: a novel test for the strength of local adaptation
Diet-induced impulsivity: The effect of high-fat and high-sugar diets on the mechanisms of impulsive choice
Md Zahidul Karim
Civil Engineering, PhD
Characterizing soil erosion potential using electrical resistivity
Animal Sciences, MS
Effects of intensive late-season sheep grazing following early-season steer grazing on population dynamics of sericea lespedeza in the Kansas flint hills
Protecting Kansas wheat: Assessment of a novel hessian fly monitoring strategy
Civil Engineering, PhD
Determining surface roughness in erosion testing using photogrammetric method
Computer Science, PhD
Bringing computational thinking to K-12
Biological and Agricultural Engineering, PhD
Developing multiplexed detection of blood exosomal markers for diagnosis of ovarian cancer
K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery (GRAD) Forum
March 30, 2017
K-State Student Union
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 2017 K-State GRAD Schedule
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 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.
- 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 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.
Faculty and Post-Doc Judge Volunteers
Complete the Judge Volunteer Forum to express your interest in serving as a judge and to report times you are available on March 30.
**Judges may be assigned to evaluate posters and talks in an area of research very different from their own research/scholarly background.**
Graduate students participating in the K-State GRAD Forum are instructed to communicate their work in a way that can be understood by the general public. To provide an evaluation of presentations from this perspective, some judges will be assigned to evaluate posters in an area of research or scholarly work very different from their own.
The GSC Research Forums Committee will contact volunteers by early March 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 email@example.com or the Graduate School at 785-532-6191.