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Kansas State University achievements

2009 Students

 

* An award-winning paper by Travis Linnemann, a K-State doctoral student in sociology, has been accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the journal Critical Criminology. "Mad Men, Meth Moms, Moral Panic: Gendering Meth Crimes in the Midwest" is a content analysis of newspaper coverage of people in the Midwest arrested for methamphetamine-related offenses. The paper previously earned Linnemann the American Society of Criminology's Critical Criminology Graduate Student Paper Award in 2008. Linnemann also was invited to present the paper at the first Crime and Popular Culture Studies Conference at Indiana State University in October. Dec. 2009

* A K-State student chemical engineering design team has earned its sixth top-10 finish in the eight consecutive years that it has participated in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' National ChemE-Car Competition. The ChemE-Car Team placed sixth at the recent national competition in Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 2009

* K-State's Garrett Stewart, a third-year veterinary medicine student from Washington , is serving on the Executive Committee of the Student American Veterinary Medical Association as the 2009-2010 information technology officer-elect and will become the association's information technology officer in 2010-2011. The information technology officer is in charge of keeping all software programs used by the Student American Veterinary Medical Association up and running, as well as updating and modifying the association's Web section at the American Veterinary Medical Association's Web site. Dec. 2009

* Tianfang Si, a K-State student in piano performance from Hangzhou, China, received second prize in the freshman-sophomore category at the 11th annual Kansas Music Teachers Association Honors Auditions Nov. 8 in Lawrence. For the competition, Si played the first movement of the Haydn Sonata in E flat Major, Hob. XVI:52, and the "Elegie" by Sergei Rachmaninov. Nov. 2009

* A paper by Ryan Bergstrom, a doctoral student in geography at K-State, is the first-place winner in the student paper competition at the 32nd Applied Geography Conference, Oct. 28-31, in Baton Rouge, La. Bergstrom received the award for "Perceptions of Sustainable Community Development and Natural Resource Management: A Case Study of Two Montana Amenity Towns." It is the second best paper award he has received in the last two years. Nov. 2009

* For the 15th year in a row, K-State's student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers has been recognized as one of the best in the nation with the institute's Outstanding Chapter Award. According to Walter Walawender, adviser to the chapter and professor of chemical engineering at K-State, the award is limited to just 10 percent of the institute's chapters and is based on the professionalism, participation and service of the chapter in the previous academic year. The K-State chapter is among 15 chapters that received the honor this year. Nov. 2009

* K-State at Salina's Students In Free Enterprise team was named the grand champion of Southern Arkansas University's Walgreens Wrangle. The K-State at Salina team beat seven other teams for the title. The case competition challenges students to solve a real-world business problem for a company. The K-State at Salina team's path to victory included a first-round win over a team from Texas A&M University. Oct. 2009

* K-State at Salina's Flight Team qualified for the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference -- or SAFECON -- competition after placing third overall at the Region VI competition in Norman, Okla., Oct. 18-24. Teams from eight schools competed. The competition included five ground events and four flight events. Along with the third-place finish, the K-State at Salina team also won the Safety Award. Team captain Kate Fraser, senior in professional pilot, McPherson, was the top scoring female contestant and was named the top female pilot. The team's adviser of Tom Karcz, assistant professor of aviation. Oct. 2009

* A record number of 1,717 international students joined Kansas State University's student body this fall. Enrollment by international students increased nearly 20 percent in fall 2009 over the prior year. International student enrollment was 1,433 a year ago. Oct. 2009

* Knowing such facts like destinations along the Silk Road and the position of the sun on the winter solstice has helped a team from K-State win the GeoBowl at the recent annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division. Tyra Olstad, a K-State team member and doctoral student in geography, tied for first place in individual scores for the GeoBowl and will be on the select team representing the Great Plains-Rocky Mountain Division at the World Geography Bowl in April 2010. Also on the K-State team were Melissa Belz, doctoral student in geography; Samantha Hartley, master's student in geography; Colton Youngs, freshman in philosophy; and Jim Wells, doctoral student in geography. Oct. 2009

* Seven cadets with K-State's Army ROTC Wildcat Battalion have graduated from the U.S. Army's Leadership Development and Assessment Course with honors. Honor graduates are cadets who are in the top ranks of their platoons and display strong leadership capabilities professionally and tactically. Nationally, around 17 percent of cadets graduate with honors from the course. This summer, nearly 39 percent of K-State's cadets took honors. Army ROTC cadets take part in the Leadership Development and Assessment Course in the summer between their junior and senior years at Fort Lewis in Washington. The course is designed to assess each cadet's leadership ability and is critical to determining what type of jobs cadets will assume when they are commissioned as active-duty Army soldiers. Sept. 2009

* Andrea VonFeldt, a senior in communication sciences and disorders, Wamego, was named Scholar of the Week by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for Sept. 7-11. A brief bio of VonFeldt was featured on the society's Web site during the week. Vonfeldt was initiated into the society in fall 2008. After graduating from K-State, she intends to go to graduate school and eventually work as a speech pathologist with elementary-age children. Members of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars must have a grade point average of 3.4 or above and rank in the top 20 percent of their class. Sept. 2009

* For the sixth time in the last seven years, K-State's chapter of Mortar Board, the national college senior honorary, has been recognized as one of the best in the nation. The K-State chapter has received the Golden Torch Award, which is presented to outstanding Mortar Board chapters that go above and beyond the minimum standards for chapters throughout the academic year. Chapters are selected for the honor based on their commitment to Mortar Board's three key ideals: scholarship, leadership and service. K-State was one of only 32 chapters to receive the award. K-State also was among 28 chapters to receive a Project Excellence Award. The honor is granted by a selection committee for outstanding service projects. K-State received the award for its involvement, along with other schools in Mortar Board's Section 17, with Service Day at Harvesters Community Food Network in Kansas City, Mo., in October 2008. Aug. 2009

* Women's basketball 13th in the WBCA Academic Top 25 Team Honor Roll. Highest GPA of any BCS team!
* All student-athlete graduation rate of 75% vs. all student rate of 58%. Football 4-class cohort average of 70.25%
* Highest all-student-athlete graduation rate in Big 12 for most recent four-class cohort.
* 433 student-athletes on Big 12 Honor Roll in fall or spring 08-09.
* 92 student-athletes with 4.0 GPA
* Both men's and women's track/cc honored as USTFCCCA All-American teams.
* Four Academic All-Americans.

* K-State graduate student Chelsea Good has received a $12,000 scholarship from the National Cattlemen's Foundation. Good, who is finishing up her master's in communication studies at K-State and is headed to law school, is one of two recipients of the foundation's W.D. Farr Scholarship, which helps support young scholars in the beef industry. Good previously earned bachelor's degrees in agricultural communications and journalism, public relations, and political science from K-State in May 2008. She said she aspires to a career advocating for the beef industry and fighting for ranchers' ability to earn an honest living producing safe, healthy food without unnecessary legal intrusion. Aug. 2009

* Four K-State students are recipients of 2009-2010 American Humanics Academic Award scholarships. Of the 20 scholarships awarded, K-State received the most of any school. The $1,000 scholarships are awarded based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership, involvement in the student's American Humanics campus program and commitment to a career in the nonprofit sector. Recipients, all students in the K-State School of Leadership Studies' American Humanics/nonprofit leadership focus minor, are: Dana Aumick, senior in family studies and human services, Bennington; Bridget Howland, senior in marketing, Fairway; Molly Hamm, senior in English and secondary education, Shawnee; and Kari Phelan, senior in management, Omaha, Neb. Aug. 2009

* Three hotel and restaurant management students have received scholarships from the Chicago Club Managers Foundation and Great Chicago Club Managers Association for their interest in careers in hospitality management, particularly in the private club industry. K-State received three of the scholarships awarded. Recipients include Dominka Guerra, Orland Park, Ill., $5,000 scholarship; Samantha Ellison, Derby, $3,000 scholarship; and Bailey Miller, $2,000 scholarship. Aug. 2009

* Jared Unrau, senior in agricultural technology management, Goessel, and Shawna Cikanek, sophomore in pre-veterinary medicine, Hutchinson, are among the nine college students from six states serving as ambassadors to Agriculture Future of America. As ambassadors to the organization, they help plan its 2009 Leaders Conference. Unrau, Cikanek and the other members of the Student Advisory Team were selected based on their academic and leadership activities. July 2009

* For the third year in a row, K-State won first place in the Agricultural Robotics Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. K-State has won the competition every year since it was started in 2007, according to Naiqian Zhang, K-State professor of biological and agricultural engineering and faculty adviser to the K-State team, the Robocat Rebels. This year, the student teams were challenged to build robotic vehicles that navigate an artificial forest, detect existing trees, and wirelessly transmit the detection result to a display unit. The robots also had to meet certain size specifications. The competition was June 21-24 in Reno, Nev., at the society's international meeting. In the competition, teams are judged on the total performance of their robots, including accuracy and speed in tree detection. The elegance in robot design also was judged, and each team had to make a presentation and submit a report. Among eight participating teams, K-State was the only team to receive perfect scores in all areas. July 2009

* A team of K-State architectural engineering students was a first-place winner in the 2009 Student Design Competition sponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The K-State team took the title in the systems selection category. The competition featured student teams from across the U.S. and the world. K-State has now claimed first or second in the competition four times in the last five years, including a first-place finish in 2007. Team members included James Newman, senior in architectural engineering; Kelly Griffith, senior in architectural engineering,; Darren Rottinghaus, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in architectural engineering; and Phil Podlasek, May 2009 bachelor's graduate in architectural engineering. Faculty advisers were Fred Hasler and Julia Keen, both assistant professors of architectural engineering and construction science. July 2009

* K-State at Salina's John Seim, senior in aviation maintenance, Chapman, Neb., placed first in aviation maintenance competition at the state convention of Kansas SkillsUSA. Seim advanced to the national SkillsUSA competition. Also placing in the aviation maintenance event were K-State at Salina students Matt Colclasure, junior in aviation maintenance, Kansas City, Mo., second place; and Brian Robinson, senior in aviation maintenance, Tecumseh, third place. July 2009

* Two K-State students, Kathryn Goddard, Ellsworth, and Elyse Buckley, Chanute, took first place in a national Disney Consumer Products contest to develop healthy foods for children. Both are juniors in food science. The two share the $2,500 first-place award in the undergraduate division of the Nutritious Foods for Kids contest. Their winning entry was pumpkin-orange and sweet potato-strawberry fruit leathers, shaped like Disney characters. July 2009

* A K-State senior is getting a behind-the-scenes view of a popular and awarding-winning daytime TV talk show. Julie Shuss, senior in marketing, Leawood, was selected as a summer intern for the "Rachael Ray Show," which is based in New York City. June 2009

* Papers written by two K-State students were recently honored by the Midwest Association for Canadian Studies. The papers were presented at the 2008 conference of the Midwest Association for Canadian Studies in St. Louis, Mo. Abby Heraud, a graduate student in French literature, received the conference's Best Graduate Student Paper Award for "Protofeminism: Gender Roles and Sexuality in Gabrielle Roy's 'Bonheur d'occasion.'" Kate Herzog, a senior in anthropology, biology and French, received the Best Undergraduate Paper Award for "Those Left Behind: French Canadians at Home in World War II." The Midwest Association for Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary regional organization of scholars and professionals. The association encourages creative and scholarly activity in Canadian studies. June 2009

* For the 11th time in the contest's 12 year history, K-State's Quarter-Scale Tractor Team finished in the top three of the International Quarter-Scale Tractor Competition, sponsored by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. The team took second place in this year's competition, May 29-31, in Peoria, Ill. The K-State team finished first in the written report category, first in sound for the quietest tractor, first in Campbell Scientific activities and fourth in oral report. June 2009

* Three K-State students received one-year fellowships to study, work or conduct research abroad from the 2009 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients are Mike Reppert, Manhattan, for study in Poland; Jacque LaRue, Moran, to teach in South Korea; and Nora Johnson, Dell Rapids, S.D., to study in Germany. K-State now has had 50 Fulbright student scholars since 1975. July 2009

* K-State doctoral student Jayne Christen was among nearly 100 students chosen from institutions in the U.S. like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California-Berkley to attend the 2009 Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. The meeting, June 28 to July 3, was dedicated to chemistry. Christen had the opportunity to meet with 19 Nobel laureates through lectures and informal meetings. June 2009

* The Midwest Region of the National Association of College and University Food Services has named Kyle Stefka, K-State sophomore in mechanical engineering, Fort Scott, the 2009 Mary Molt Student Excellence Award winner. Stefka receives a $1,000 scholarship, the opportunity to compete for the national Student Employee of the Year Award -- which includes a $3,000 scholarship -- and a trip to the national conference in Milwaukee, Wis. Stefka is a student production lead and has worked for Housing and Dining Services at K-State since 2006. The award recognizes the most outstanding student employees in college and university food service operations in the region. May 2009

* Michele Murphy, senior in elementary education, Olathe, is among the 10 winners of the Kappa Delta Pi/EF Tours Scholarship. The national scholarship, which provides a 10-day, expenses paid educational tour to Europe, encourages members of Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in education, to explore the idea of how international travel can impact future classrooms. Scholarship applicants had to submit six 250-word essays and a letter of recommendation to be considered. May 2009

* K-State's Carl J. Ade, a doctoral student in physiology, Salina, has received the 2009 National Space Biomedical Research Institute's Gravitational Physiology Award for Young Investigators. The award, presented at the awards and business meeting of the American Physiological Society's Environmental and Exercise Physiology Section, recognizes the best research abstract submitted in the pre-doctoral category. The research must be related to gravitational physiology and relevant to the institute's mission of addressing the human health risks related to long-duration spaceflight. Ade's winning abstract was "Influence of negative hydrostatic columns and central fluid shift via 6-degree head-down tilt posture on cardiovascular performance." May 2009

* Fifth-year K-State architecture student Kelly Egdorf, Chaska, Minn., has been selected to receive the prestigious Tradewell Fellowship for 2009-2010. Egdorf competed nationally against students from other accredited schools of architecture, including master’s and doctoral students from schools with health care-focused programs. The fellowship is sponsored by the Houston-based firm Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects, and was created to build the careers of aspiring health care architects. The fellowship includes employment for one year at Watkins Hamilton Ross Architects, during which the Egdorf will work directly with senior medical planners to develop the skills and expertise needed to become a leader in the field. The Tradewell Fellow is involved with clients in early master planning and design, with a particular focus on healing environments and collaborative design methods. May 2009

* Ali Johnson, a May 2009 master of interior architecture and product design graduate from Topeka, has received a citation for her presentation in the Robert Bruce Thompson Charitable Trust 2009 Student Light Fixture Design Competition. Her project was one of five out of the 163 entries in the competition that received special recognition. Her prize included a plaque and a $500 cash award. For the competition, participants had to create a light fixture for the fitting rooms of a national retail clothing chain. The lighting was to flatter both the clothes and the customer. Johnson's design was called "Wrapped" and consisted of a glowing translucent wall backlit with light-emitting diodes, or LEDs. May 2009

* K-State's Nicholas Turner, a fifth-year architecture student, Jefferson City, Mo., took first place in the 2009 Environmental Design Research Association's Student Design Award Competition. His winning entry was a design for the ideal room in an in-patient hospice house and is intended to contribute to the development of the hospice house as a new building type. The proposal, "Hospice: A Healing Environment for the End of Life," explored the ideal architectural characteristics for a hospice patient room, focusing on residential intimacy, the dialogue between privacy and community, a connection to nature and the patient's sense of control. His abstract and design proposal were developed as part of a graduate-level architectural design studio taught by K-State's Susanne Siepl-Coates, professor of architecture. May 2009

* A multidisciplinary team of K-State students finished second in the Urban Land Institute's Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition and received a $10,000 cash prize. For the competition, teams were asked to create a design proposal for a 75-acre site in downtown Denver, Colo. The K-State team's design looked forward to the year 2050 and was a community-focused urban development. The team's faculty adviser was Blake Belanger, assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. Stephanie Rolley, professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning, assisted with the project. May 2009

* Molly Hamm's commitment to civic leadership and public engagement has earned her the Frank Newman Leadership Award from Campus Compact for 2009-2010. Molly Hamm, senior in English literature and secondary education, Shawnee, is one of only two national recipients of the $5,000 award. She also is K-State's first-ever recipient of the honor. The award provides financial support and mentorships to help students achieve their civic and academic goals. Hamm will be starting a mentorship program in the fall that she developed with the help of K-State President-elect Kirk Schulz. May 2009

* The K-State Students in Free Enterprise team advanced to the 2009 national championship by winning the Students in Free Enterprise USA Regional Competition April 3 in Dallas, Texas. The team will seek a national championship at the 2009 SIFE USA National Exposition, May 10-12, in Philadelphia, Pa. Participants in SIFE use business concepts to develop community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. At SIFE competitions, teams present the results of their projects and are evaluated by business leaders serving as judges. During the school year, the K-State SIFE team organized 12 projects in the Manhattan community. The projects included the Global Xchange Game, where SIFE members taught market economics to sixth-graders at Bluemont Elementary; conducting financial literary seminars at area high schools; and offering "McCain Munchies," concessions at McCain Auditorium events. April 2009

* Laura Romig, a senior in dietetics, Leavenworth, has been selected to serve as vice chair of the 2009-2010 American Dietetic Association's Student Council Advisory Committee. The eight-member committee represents the interests of all dietetic students and interns. As a committee member, she attends the American Dietetic Association Leadership Institute, meets with the association's Advisory Committee and attends the association's annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition. April 2009

* Four K-State students earned national honors from Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society. Derek Woodman, senior in computer engineering, has received a $10,000 graduate fellowship while Stacey Ahern, Andrew Harris and Katerina Voigt have each received $2,000 undergraduate scholarships. Ahern and Harris are both seniors in industrial engineering; Voigt is a junior in chemical engineering. April 2009

* The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers named K-State's Susan Nagel, senior in architectural engineering, St. Peters, Mo., as one of its outstanding student members. Nagel was the 2008-2009 president of the K-State chapter of the society, where she also has served as vice president and secretary. She was a recipient of the society's Duane Hanson Society Scholarship and Kansas City Chapter Student Scholarship. April 2009

* The K-State ChemE-Car Team and their car, the Kansas State Beaver, earned first place in the performance competition at the ChemE-Car competition offered at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers' Mid-America Regional, April 3-5, at the University of Missouri at Columbia. A second K-State entry, the Kansas State Chameleon, received second place in presentation competition and received a Process of Safety Award at the competition. Team members include Megan Young, co-captain; Mark McClure; Jordon Groskurth, co-captain; Ben Clubine; Katerina Voigt; Andrew Doll; and Neal Walters. The team's faculty adviser is Walter Walawender, professor of chemical engineering. For the ChemE-Car competition, student teams build a small car powered by a chemical reaction that can be stopped by limiting the reaction or by a separate stopping reaction. The team will now go to the national competition in November at Nashville, Tenn. April 2009

* K-State's Nicole Wayant, senior in geography and mathematics, Topeka, has received a Science and Mathematics Research for Transformation scholarship through the U.S. Department of Defense for graduate studies in geography. The award includes payment of full tuition and employment placement through department. The scholarship recruits civilian scientists and engineers to work for the department and is for students that demonstrate potential for a successful career in research and development. Wayant, a May 2009 K-State graduate, received a third consecutive summer internship with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. She will attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to pursue a master's in geography. In agreement with the Science and Mathematics Research for Transformation scholarship, Wayant then plans to work for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Topographic Engineering Center in Alexandria, Va. April 2009

* Ben Meade, a K-State graduate student and graduate teaching assistant in geography, has earned the Graduate Student Paper Award from the American Association of Geographers' Geomorphology Specialty Group. The $250 cash award was presented at the national meeting of the American Association of Geographers, March 22-27, in Las Vegas, Nev. Meade's winning paper was "Spatial Extent, Timing and Causes of Channel Incision: Black Vermillion Watershed, NE Kansas." It is based on a research project Meade has been involved with since January 2008 as part of his thesis in geography. April 2009

* Yunhee Park, K-State freshman in pre-professional secondary education, won first-place honors at the recent 23rd annual Japanese Language Speech Contest at the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago. The speech contest is open to all students of Japanese in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Park won the category for participants who have had three or more years of Japanese in high school or less than one year in college. Her speech was about Korea's Ban Ki-moon, the secretary general of the United Nations. She related the speech to her own dream of being a diplomat in the future. April 2009

* K-State's four-member Academic Quadrathlon Team will be seeking a national title after winning first place at the regional Academic Quadrathlon competition at the Midwestern Section of the American Society of Animal Science meetings in Des Moines, Iowa, March 15-16. The team also won an on-campus quadrathlon competition against other teams from K-State earlier this year. The National Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl, sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, will be part of the association's annual convention and trade show, Jan. 27-30, 2010, in San Antonio, Texas. April 2009

* K-State's Michael Reppert, senior in biochemistry, chemistry and mathematics, Manhattan, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, which provides three years of funding for graduate studies that includes a $30,000 annual stipend and payment of tuition and fees. The fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Reppert will pursue a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His career goal is to work at a university where he would conduct research on fundamental physical and chemical principles as they apply to biological systems. At K-State, he is involved with research projects with Ryszard Jankowiak, K-State professor of chemistry, and Virginia Naibo, K-State assistant professor of mathematics. April 2009

* K-State's Katie Hamm, senior in dietetics, Shawnee, is an honorable mention selection to USA Today's 2009 All-USA Academic Team. Among Hamm's many achievements is co-creating the Web site All Access Internships to help dietetics students across the country find internships. April 2009

* For the second time in the last three years, K-State's Aero Design Team has won first place overall in the regular class event at the annual SAE Aero Design Competition West. This year's competition was March 6-9 in Van Nuys, Calif. K-State was among the 31 teams from around the world participating in the regular class event. The competition challenges engineering students to plan, design, fabricate and test a radio-controlled aircraft that can take off and land while carrying the maximum cargo. The K-State team's biplane, The Purple Berserker, won the regular class competition by lifting a 24.7-pound payload. The team also received first place for its Design Book. March 2009

* For the third time in the last four years, the Big 12 Council on Black Student Government has named Kansas State University's Black Student Union as the best in the Big 12 with the Clarence Wine Most Outstanding Council of the Year Award. The council also has named K-State's Careem Gladney, senior in finance and a Black Student Union member, as the most outstanding senior. The awards were presented at the 32nd annual Big 12 Council on Black Student Government Conference, Feb. 26-28, at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Gladney, Manhattan, received a $1,000 scholarship, while the Black Student Union received a $1,000 prize. President of the organization is Carmen Ellis, senior in elementary education, Kansas City, Kan. K-State's Black Student Union also was named the best in the Big 12 in 2006 and 2008. March 2009

* Four senior K-State engineering students in construction science and management tied for first place in an international Concrete Construction Competition sponsored by the American Concrete Institute. The team was awarded $300 in prize money and $500 in travel support to attend the American Concrete Institute convention in San Antonio, Texas, to present their problem results and receive the award. This was the seventh competition that the American Concrete Institute Construction Liaison Committee and the American Society of Concrete Contractors have conducted. K-State student teams from the department of architectural engineering and construction science have competed in all seven contests. K-State teams have finished in the top three in six of the seven competitions, including three first place finishes, the most wins by any university in the competition. March 2009

* Three K-State students earned national scholarships from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers. Kelly Griffith, senior in architectural engineering, Manhattan, has received the Alwin B. Newton Scholarship, a one-year scholarship for $3,000; Sean Kolich, senior in architectural engineering, Olathe, received the Willis H. Carrie Scholarship for $10,000 for one year; and Ann Gregg, graduate student in architectural engineering, Overland Park, has received the Frank M. Coda Scholarship, worth $5,000 for one year. Feb. 2009

* Support from the Kansas State Historical Society is helping a K-State's David Vail, a doctoral student in American history, with his research exploring the history of petrochemical use, environmental use and impact, and postwar agricultural development in Kansas and the prairie West. Vail, Manhattan, recently received the historical society's prestigious Alfred M. Landon Historical Research Award to support his dissertation, which is tentatively titled "Kill That Thistle: Rogue Sprayers, Bootlegged Chemicals and the Kansas Chemical Laws, 1950-1980." The Landon award is named in honor of former Kansas Gov. Alf Landon and provides promising researchers with funds to help them access the archival sources of the Kansas State Historical Society. Feb. 2009

* Two K-State students were selected to attend the U.S. Department of Agriculture's 2009 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 26-27, in Arlington, Va. James Millsap, senior in agricultural business, and Dalton Henry, a senior in agricultural economics and agricultural communications, were among the 18 students from across the country chosen out of a national pool of applicants to attend the annual forum. Selections were made based on individual essays written on the topic "Agriculture as a Career." The essay competition was open to juniors and seniors majoring in agricultural-related fields at land-grant and Hispanic-serving institutions. K-State's College of Agriculture, after inviting agriculture students to submit essays, chose the essays by Millsap and Henry to submit to the USDA as K-State's entries for the competition. Jan. 2009

* K-State's Nicole Wayant, senior in geography and mathematics, Topeka, is the inaugural recipient of the $1,000 Abraham Anson Memorial Scholarship from the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. The scholarship was created to encourage undergraduate students who have an exceptional interest in pursuing scientific research or education in geospatial science or technology related to photogrammetry, remote sensing, surveying and mapping to enter a professional field where they can use the knowledge of their discipline to excel in their profession. Wayant received the scholarship based on her course work, letters of recommendation from faculty or professionals, work experience and her plans for continuing studies toward becoming a professional in a field related to the discipline. Jan. 2009

 

2008 student achievements

2007 student achievements