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K-State Today

October 20, 2016



Two students awarded Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry grants during SPARK Week

By Anita Cortez

As part of the SPARK Tank event during K-State's SPARK — Student Promoting the Advancement of Research at K-State — Week, two K-State students are receiving grants from the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. 

Garrett Wilkerson, senior in microbiology, Hutchinson, is the recipient of a research grant. Wilkerson will investigate how persistent caste/ethnic, regional and wealth inequities exist as social determinants for stunting in Narayanpur, Nepal, and identify potential discrepancies in risk factors for stunting across those inequities.

Wilkerson's research mentor is Brian Lindshield, associate professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health.

Receiving the travel grant is Jaasiel Duarte, sophomore in architecture, Mission. Duarte will attend the Beginning Design National Conference at the University of Utah.

Duarte's research aims to catalog and codify contemporary architectural form types derived from previous studies to best discern their various perceptual and spatial rules that will lead to a better understanding of the "why" of design solutions perpetrated by prominent architects.

Duarte's research mentor is Nathan Howe, associate professor of architecture.

Travel and research grants are awarded each semester by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. Online applications for spring 2017 are due Nov. 4. Undergraduates in all majors are eligible.

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