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Student Highlights

 Cargill Global Scholars

Nathan McClain, UHP student and 2017 Cargill Global
Scholar (one of 10 selected nationally) at Cargill
Leadership Conference. See if you can spot him!

- Fall 2018 - 

Eunice Lalunio, anthropology, with the support of the Mark Chapman Scholars Program, spent the summer in Drimolen, South Africa, where she participated in in surveying and excavating a 2-million-year-old paleo-cave. Lalunio was one of five undergraduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences to receive a Chapman Scholarship. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-10/chapmanscholars101018.html

Rachel Hermes, fine arts, is part of a group of six art students awarded undergraduate research scholarships from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Rachel will join an interdisciplinary team of nationally recognized artists, chemists and industry experts to study new printmaking technology. https://www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=43073

- Summer 2018 -

 Alex Wakim, May 2018 Bachelor of Music and University Honors Program graduate, has earned a 2018 Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship. Wakim is receiving a $5,000 fellowship from the national collegiate honor society to study film music with a concentration in music theatre at New York University. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-07/pkpfellow71018.html

AshLee Lattner, doctoral student in veterinary biomedical studies and University Honors Program graduate, was selected as a 2018 Seaboard American Royal scholar. Lattner will travel to Kansas City, Missouri, in September for the 119th American Royal, she will participate in tours, a PRCA Rodeo and other American Royal events. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=42633

- Spring 2018 - 

Rafael Garcia, mass communications and Spanish translation, won the C. W. Gusewelle Journalism Scholarship. Garcia will return in fall 2018 as the editor-in-chief of the Collegian, a job he also had in the spring semester. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=42345

Bridgett Kelly, elementary education, was recognized by the college of education with an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-05/outstanding51818.html

Jessica Hanson, animal sciences and industry, won a scholarship for her outstanding poster presentation at the spring 2018 Animal Science and Industry Undergraduate Research Symposium. Hanson's poster presentation was titled "Effects of replacing soybean meal with dried distillers grain with solubles in a Boer goat diet."

Four UHP students were recognized by the division of biology for outstanding achievements. Sarah Hansen, microbiology; Hallie Lucas, biology and natural resources and environmental science; and Alexa Wilden, microbiology; received most promising student awards. Vaithish Velazhahan, senior in microbiology, medical biochemistry and pre-medicine, received the 2018 H.H. Haymaker Award for Excellence. 

Celeste Bartels, management and marketing, earned the College of Business Administration's Outstanding Senior Award. The award is presented each semester to a graduating senior who has made notable contributions to the college. www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=42173

Eunice Lalunio, anthropology, and Jael Whitney, marketing, where recognized for the exceptional undergraduate research at the fifth annual Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards. Lalunio received honorable mention in the individual non-freshman research category for "Dmanisi: A Study of Species Hypotheses and Hominid Variability." Whitney received honorable mention in the individual non-freshman research category for "Big Food, Big Problems: The Ethical Implications of Nestlé's Impact on Public Health in Brazil." www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-05/kirmser51118.html

Three UHP Students received awards at this year’s Sapiens Symposium, the anthropology program’s signature yearly event. Bailey Johnson, anthropology and international studies, received the Cultural Anthropology Eunice Lalunio, anthropology, received the Biological Anthropology Achievement Award and the Martin Ottenheimer Award in Adventurous Anthropology Award. Achievement Award. Abigaile Molzer, psychology and anthropology, receive the Linguistic Anthropology Scholarship. www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=42126

Madison Hines, junior in music education, and Alex Wakim, senior in applied music, were recognized at this year's Music Program Honors Recital and Awards Ceremony. Hines was recognized as a member of Tau Beta Sigma and received the Stan Finck Memorial Leadership Award and the Outstanding Sophomore Music Major award. Wakim was recognized as an initiate into Pi Kappa Lambda and received the Outstanding Graduating Senior Music Major award.

Emma Brase, psychology, and Jordan Voss, computer science and psychology, are recipients of the Doreen Shanteau Undergraduate Research Award presented by K-State's psychological sciences department. The award provides funds that will enable these students to conduct research with their faculty mentors during the following academic year. www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=41969

Chloe Creager, senior in animal sciences and industry, won an Outstanding Undergraduate Student Research Award at the 2018 Gamma Sigma Delta Undergraduate Research Showcase and Spring Recognition Reception. Creager was also recognized as having one of the top three research presentations at this year’s event. www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=41932

Joseph Paz, secondary education-social studies, will be the student speaker at commencement for the College of Education.

Shannon Bellamy, biological systems engineering and natural resources and environmental studies; Sara Gammon, agricultural economics and global food systems leadership; and Clara Wicoff, agricultural economics and global food systems leadership; are members of the inaugural cohort of Cargill Fellows. The students will take part in a yearlong leadership development experience and will begin their careers with a unique advantage beyond their technical preparation. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-05/cargillfellows5118.html

Riley Burghart, biology; Andrew Buyle, mechanical engineering; William Carter, computer science; Rafael Garcia, mass communications; Stephanie McGivern, political science and anthropology; Max Meyer, chemical engineering; Jacob Modlin, accounting and management information systems; Zachary Smith, secondary education-earth science; and Elizabeth Weesner, chemistry; were all selected to become members of the Mortar Board Senior Honor Society at Kansas State University. The members must work to uphold the organization's ideals of leadership, scholarship and service on the university campus and in the Manhattan community. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-04/mortarboard43018.html  

Two UHP students placed in multiple categories at the inaugural K-State Sports Marketing Analytics Contest. Ben Gust, senior in accounting and management information systems, took home first prize in the Undergraduate Open category and placed third in the Overall category. Ashlyn Helus, junior in marketing, placed second in the Undergraduate Marketing category and fourth in the Overall category. www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=41871

Jordan Disberger, electrical engineering; Kristen Graves, architectural engineering; Lindsey Hageman, industrial engineering; Bailey Herzberg, architectural engineering; Sarah Plum, chemical engineering; Mary Pat Siebert, computer science; and Zach Stanley, industrial engineering were among those honored with selection into K-State's College of Engineering Steel Ring Honor Society. Steel Ring is an honorary comprised of seniors in the College of Engineering. New members are selected by current members following a written application and personal interview process. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-04/steelring42718.html

Nine UHP students were among those honored with selection into K-State's Silver Key, a sophomore leadership honor society. Sara Partin, English; Clara Bing, psychology; Nicholas Dombrowski, athletic training; Margaret Mankin, biological systems engineering; Nicholas Trauthwein, kinesiology and pre-physical therapy; Natalie Leonard, open option; Jeremy Newport, kinesiology; Dylan Vance, biology; and Sara Gammon, agricultural economics; will all take part in a variety of community service projects as part of their membership in Silver Key. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-04/silverkey42618.html

Abbie O'Grady, sophomore in marketing, as one of two students representing K-State, helped the Sales Team bring home second place overall out of a field of more than 140 students representing 72 universities at this year's National Collegiate Sales Competition hosted by Kennesaw State University. O'Grady also advanced to the semifinals as one of the top 16 competitors. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=41545

Gabrielle Phillips, junior in chemical engineering, and Alexa Wilden, sophomore in microbiology and pre-medicine, have received honorable mentions for the 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=40983

John Riforgiate, a junior in computer science, was named a finalist in the collegiate division of the 32nd annual Japanese Language Speech Contest. The contest, hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan, aims to promote Japanese language education in the Midwest and deepen mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and the United States. Riforgiate's speech was titled "We are not in America anymore!."  www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=40808

Larissa Eshelman, senior in architectural engineering, has been selected to receive a regional scholarship from the Wichita Chapter of the Structural Engineering Association of Kansas and Missouri. Eshelman will be awarded a $500 scholarship in recognition of outstanding scholastic and leadership abilities, character and potential service to the structural engineering profession. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=40548

Amber Berg, a third-year student in the regional and community planning master’s program, is a finalist for the 2018 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Berg is one of 194 students who have been selected as finalists. If awarded the scholarship, Berg would use the funds to support her final two years of the five-year nonbaccalaureate master's program in regional and community planning. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-03/trumanfinal3919.html

Abbie O'Gradysophomore in marketing, won second place in the individual portion of the Arizona Collegiate Sales Competition. K-State's Sales Team, with Abbie as a member, beat seven other schools to win the University Champion Award for 2018. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=40110 

Vaithish Velazhahan, senior in microbiology, medical biochemistry and pre-medicine, is receiving the 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Velazhahan is one of 35 U.S. students to receive the 2018 scholarship established by Bill and Melinda Gates. Velazhahan will study with the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, or LMB, at Cambridge where he will research the structure of key membrane proteins, called G protein-coupled receptors, that help cells communicate with an organism's environment. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2018-02/gates-cambridge22118.html

Kasey Holle, fourth-year student in architecture, is receiving a $5,000 scholarship as the winner of a College of Architecture, Planning & Design competition sponsored by MANKO Window Systems in Manhattan. Holle’s project was the "KC Film Institute in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Missouri." The design was an assignment in her fourth-year comprehensive studio class, taught by Genevieve Baudoin, assistant professor, requiring students to integrate conceptual and technical knowledge into one complete project for a presentation with drawings, renderings and models. Following a review, one student from each studio was selected to compete for the MANKO award, with each developing a narrative digital presentation to present to judges, who were all established practitioners in the field. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=38726

- Fall 2017 - 

Celeste Bartels senior in marketing and management with a minor in German, was recently awarded a $1,000 Research Award from the Kansas State University Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. Bartels has been working on a research study with K-State professor of marketing Swinder Janda on the impact the various types of study abroad programs have on student outcomes such as world mindedness and cultural intelligence. Janda began mentoring Bartels in the University Honors Program after Bartels studied abroad at the CIMBA program in Italy, which features Janda's International Marketing course. www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=38507

Garrett Wilkinson senior in nutritional sciences and pre-medicine, has received a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom. Marshall scholarships are awarded to about 40 American students each year by the British government as an expression of gratitude and as a means of continually strengthening the ties between the U.K. and U.S. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-12/marshallsch12417.html

Three UHP students have been selected to be vocalists for K-State's fall commencement ceremonies. Cooper McGuire, junior in applied music, will be the vocalist at commencement for the Graduate School at 1 p.m. Dec. 8 in Bramlage Coliseum. Mark Ronning, bachelor's candidate in electrical engineering, will be the vocalist at commencement for the College of Engineering at 4 p.m. Dec. 9 in Bramlage Coliseum. Sam Wilson, senior in applied music, will be the vocalist at commencement for the College of Human Ecology at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in Bramlage Coliseum. www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-11/commhelp113017.html

Two UHP students are in the running for prestigious national scholarships. Vaithish Velazhahan, senior in microbiology, biochemistry and pre-medicine, and Garrett Wilkinson, senior in nutritional sciences, microbiology, and pre-medicine, have been named finalists for the Marshall scholarship. Wilkinson also is a finalist for the Rhodes scholarship: www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=37870

Michelle Anderson sophomore in finance and accounting, has been chosen to represent Kansas State University as a 2018 Student Ambassador. Michelle was recognized on October 21 during halftime of K-State's Homecoming football game against the University of Oklahoma: www.k-state.com/readthelatest/newsfeatured/2017Oct24Ambassadors.php

Karen Duerksen junior in Agronomy, placed 8th individually at the Region 5 Soil Judging contest hosted by South Dakota State University in Redfield, South Dakota, on Sept. 29. The K-State team placed 2nd and is now qualified for the National Soil Judging competition this spring in Tennessee: www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/stories/2017/10/soil-judging-regionals.html

- Spring 2017 -

Gabrielle Phillips in Mechanical Engineering received a DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering (RISE) award and will travel to Germany this summer to research antibiotic production: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-04/daadrise42017.html

Vaithish Velazhahan, junior in Pre-Med Microbiology and Biochemistry, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship; and Kathlyn Gomendoza, junior in Biology, has been recognized as Honorable Mention: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-04/goldwater4617.html

Jael Whitney, junior in Marketing, has been awarded a Girls Who Illustrate Awesomeness scholarship from Next Day Animations: www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=31723

Nathan Dowell, sophomore in History, is Fulbright Summer Institute award recipient to the University of Durham: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-05/durhamfulbright5517.html

Amber Berg, sophomore in Regional Community Planning, and Jael Whitney, junior in Marketing, have been recognized as Udall Scholar and Udall Honorable Mention respectively by the Udall Foundation: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-05/udallscholar5417.html

Stephen Kucera, senior in Music Performance and Accounting, recognized as a talented piano player, leaves behind a legacy during his tenure as a student: www.kstatecollegian.com/2017/05/05/about-to-graduate-stephen-kucera-leaves-legacy-of-student-service/

Matthew Rogers, senior in Anthropology, Carlie Stenzel, junior in Anthropology with a minor in Community Planning, and Tuesday Frasier, senior in Anthropology with a minor in Statistics, received awards form the Anthropology program: http://www.k-state.edu/today/students/announcement.php?id=34609

Tiffani Lawrence, senior in Secondary Education: English and Theatre: Dance option showcased her final project "Ideation": http://www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=34541

Emma Brase, freshman in Psychology, and Caitlyn Webb, senior in Accounting and Economics, have been announced as winners of the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards:www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-05/kirmserawards51017.html

Four UHP students are among those honored with 2017 Most Promising Student awards from the Division of Biology: Christopher Clarkson, Jazmine Snow, Trevor Elwell-Cuddy, and Kathlyn Gomendoza: www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=34817

Nathan McClain, sophomore in computer science and physics, is one of 10 U.S. students selected for the Cargill Global Scholars Program: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-05/cargill51217.html

Two UHP students are among the winners of the College of Human Ecology's Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Forum: Emily Andrews, senior, best creative inquiry presentation for her project "Rooted" and Lara Hoss, junior, best family studies and human services research poster, "Parental factors as predictors of dating violence among adolescent parents": www.k-state.edu/today/announcement.php?id=34797

Kathlyn Gomendoza, senior in Biology, is the recipient of the ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship, she will continue her studies using national fellowship to study baculovirus: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-05/microbiologyfellowship52617.html

Sierra Lekie, senior in economics and political science, awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship to study at American University's School of International Service in Washington, D.C.: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-06/phikappaphi62917.html and 2017 Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship with the U.S. State Department: www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/2017-05/pickering5917.html