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September 14, 2016



Interior architecture & product design students to present at international conference

By Thom Jackson

Twenty interior architecture & product design students in K-State's College of Architecture, Planning & Design had research papers accepted for presentation at the International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation Nov. 13-16 in Seville, Spain. 

The K-State students were challenged to investigate how students are utilizing informal learning environments at institutes of higher learning. The students collaborated with Vibhavari Jani, associate professor, and members of the Steelcase research team to investigate issues related to the various informal learning environments on campus.

Steelcase, a century-old international leader of furniture design for corporate, health care and education, allowed results to be published through different venues, including the national and international design conferences.

"I'm so pleased to know that all the teams were accepted to the international conference," said Andrew Kim, Steelcase research collaborator. "This is such wonderful news and it's definitely deserved as the students worked so hard."

Additionally, fifth-year students Caleb Amundson and Alexandria Marshmann will attend and present the research results at the Society for College and University Planning conference Oct. 3-5 in Evanston, Illinois, with Jani and Kim. Steelcase is providing funding for the students to attend the conference.

The following students were involve in the research:

Chelsea Flickinger, Andover; Alexandra Marschman and Steven Scott, both from Lenexa; Francisco Pergola and Patrick Smith, both from Manhattan; Samuel Jung, Olathe; Kelsey Castinado and Emma Cole, both from Overland Park; Chris Garcia, Salina; Caleb Amundson, Shawnee; Nicole Taylor, Sterling; and Nicole Baith, Stilwell.

From out of state: Katherine Arndt, Sioux City, Iowa; Jacob Becker, Belton, Missouri; Rachel Marks, Chesterfield, Missouri; Kendall Harvey, Malta Bend, Missouri; Whitney Lawson, Rolla, Missouri; Emily Erbert, Omaha, Nebraska; Garrett Steinlage, Seneca, New Mexico; and Breann Davis, Murphy, Texas.

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