Phillip Gomez

The mission of the Developing Scholars Program is:

  • to increase the number of intellectually curious students of color and first generation college students who choose KSU

  • to improve retention of such underrepresented students by matching students with faculty mentors for the purpose of providing early opportunities for scholarly research

  • to guide more of such underrepresented students toward graduate or professional school

  • to provide a more diverse community of workers for the twenty-first century.



Axiom of Achievement                                                                                                                                           

Achievements from the 2012-2013 School Year

EF Scholars Memphis

Jenny Barriga: First DSP Scholar to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. 

Phuoc Bui: Scholar received The University Distinguished Undergraduate Student in Research Award and Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

Michelle Foster: Scholar received Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

William Duren: Scholar received the IEEE Power and Energy Society Scholarship. 

Cancer Research Awards: 12 Scholars won awards this year.

Brooke Williams: Scholar received The Doreen Shanteau Undergraduate Research Fellowship.

Inaugural Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol: Scholars Stephanie Skinner and Caleb Wurth presented their research for the Kansas Board of Regents.

Sofia Sabates: Scholar received first place in Undergraduate poster presentations at the annual K-State Research Forum. 

Nallely Barron-Garcia: Scholar initiated into Phi Kappa Phi.

Alternative Spring Break: Scholars represented three groups that traveled to Chicago, Memphis, and Denver for community service projects.


Alumni Spotlight

From the Little Apple to the Big Apple

Kieu Nguyen

Thuy Kieu Nguyen (Overland Park, KS), graduated May 2007:  Kieu received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from K-State.  She was also a recipient of an Anderson Award and an Outstanding Graduating Senior award.  After K-State, Kieu applied to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta and was accepted.  After graduation from SCAD, Kieu set out for New York City determined to break into the fashion scene.  Her persistence led her to employment with Fendi where she stayed for several years before moving on to Salvatore Ferragamo, one of the world's most prestigious Italian fashion houses.  She now works at the flagship store on Fifth Avenue.


It Takes a Village

Dwight Alexander

Dwight Alexander (Naperville, IL), graduated 2008:  Dwight majored in Political Science at K-State and participated in a study abroad trip to Italy while he was in Developing Scholars.  He had the opportunity in his research project to be mentored by John Carlin, former governor of Kansas and United States Archivist.  Dwight attended the University of Kansas Law School and now has his own private practice The Alexander Law Firm, LLC.  Dwight’s father once referred to K-State and the Developing Scholars Program as the “village” which helped to prepare Dwight for his future.  Now Dwight works for justice in his new village of Kansas City, Missouri.