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Source: Jim Hohenbary, 785-532-6904, jimlth@k-state.edu
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News release prepared by: Kristin Hodges, 785-532-6415, khodges2@k-state.edu

Friday, Nov. 6, 2009

K-STATE STUDENT ADVANCES TO FINALS IN MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

MANHATTAN -- Danielle Zanotti, a Kansas State University senior in psychology, Mustang, Okla., has been invited to interview for a Marshall scholarship.

Jim Hohenbary, K-State assistant dean for nationally competitive scholarships, said Zanotti has been named a finalist in the competition and will interview Monday, Nov. 9, in Houston. Marshall scholarships are awarded to as many as 40 students each year and provide full funding for one or two years of study in the United Kingdom.

"After interviews are completed, we still have several weeks to wait before results are announced," Hohenbary said. "Regardless, so many truly impressive students from around the country submit applications for the Marshall scholarship. It really is a great affirmation of her hard work and accomplishment for Danielle to be invited to Houston to interview."

Zanotti plans to get a master's degree and eventually a doctorate in clinical psychology. She would like to have a career helping individuals recover psychologically after traumatic events. She also will be working on the K-State women's basketball coaching staff and would like to pursue further coaching experience at K-State.

She has been a research assistant for K-State's Donald Saucier, associate professor of psychology, and Sara Smith and Jericho Hockett, graduate students in psychology. Zanotti has had one research paper accepted by a psychology journal and is working on several other manuscripts. She also has given many presentations at psychology conferences. She is a member of K-State's women's basketball team, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology. She is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has been active in Compassions United. Zanotti is a recipient of the 2009 E. J. Phares Prize for Outstanding Undergraduate Research and was a top-four finalist for the University Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Students in Research. She has been on the All-Big 12 First Team Honor Roll and the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll for four years. A 2005 graduate of Mustang High School, she is the daughter of Frank Zanotti, Moorhead, Minn., and Dona Zanotti, Mustang.

K-State is third in the nation among state universities and 17th overall with 12 Marshall scholars selected in the past 25 years.