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. 

Dr. WebbFaculty

Dr. Farrell Webb, associate professor of Family Studies and Human Services, is the instructor of the Developing Scholars seminar. Dr. Webb has been a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award and the Commerce Bank Distinguished Faculty Award for Service to Multicultural Students. 


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.

Poster Example

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

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Stephanie Skinner

Stephanie Skinner (Olathe, KS):  Stephanie is a recipient of the prestigious Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship and a recent inductee to Phi Beta Kappa.  Phi Beta Kappa, according to its home page, “celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities.”   Stephanie presented her research on the measurement of physiological parameters in alpacas to predict parturition and neonatal outcome at the inaugural Kansas State legislature undergraduate research symposium in April 2013.  Stephanie was a co-author in Theriogenology 2012:78:1570-1577.  She has traveled to eleven countries so far and every continent but three.