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Research Seminar

The DSP Research Seminar is designed to introduce Scholars to the intellectual life at Kansas State University in order to assist in their acclimation to research and to campus life in general. 


The primary goal of the DSP seminar is to prepare Scholars to take maximum advantage of the opportunities available at a research university like K-State. The seminar prepares Scholars not only to excel in the classroom but in scholarly work with a faculty research mentor as well. 

seminarScholars will learn about personal leadership, research skills, communication of new knowledge via writing, speaking, and the web, and will identify opportunities for in-depth study. Simultaneously, Scholars will assist faculty research mentors who will guide their intellectual inquiries over the next several years at K-State. Scholars will receive 1 credit per semester over a two-semester span.

What is the seminar?

  • Scholars learn how to navigate and communicate in a professional environment.
  • Scholars learn how to conduct library research, learn the primary journals of their field, and the appropriate style manuals
  • Scholars learn about human and animal subjects and ethics, laboratory skills and routines, and computer skills beyond the classroom experiences.
  • Scholars learn how to design a quality PowerPoint presentation, and how to prepare and present a poster presentation for participation in our annual Developing Scholars Program Symposium and reception.
  • Scholars gain self-confidence, critical thinking, and questioning skills as faculty and higher-level students interact with them on a daily basis.

General Poster Design

This is a suggested design. Please adapt this model as necessary.

Click here to download instructions for Symposium poster set-up.

Poster Example

Helpful links for poster presentation and design:


Seminar Instructor

Dr. Tanya Gonzalez


Dr. Gonzalez received her Ph.D. in 2004 from the University of California at Riverside. She currently teaches courses in American Literature, Cultural Studies and Latina/o Studies.

"As a first-generation college graduate, mentoring was crucial to my own educational and professional success. The opportunity to work with my Developing Scholars Program students was, I thought, a small way to pay that educational mentoring forward. It has been a real joy watching my scholars grow in confidence and ability through the first three years of University life. What I found beyond the teaching and mentoring elements of DSP, however, was the gift of working with intelligent and inspiring individuals who week after week invigorated my own research and scholarly pursuits."