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K-State Today

April 5, 2017



Ten graduate students earn scholarships at campuswide research forum

By Kelsey Peterson

Scholarships were on the line as 70 graduate students presented their research and scholarly work at the annual graduate student research forum, K-State Graduate Research, Arts and Discovery, or GRAD Forum, March 30 at the K-State Student Union.

Winners received scholarships of $500 for first place and their names will be engraved on a perpetual plaque that will be on display within their department.

The GRAD Forum provided graduate students from all disciplines an opportunity to share their work with the K-State community and to gain experience presenting their work in a professional setting. The forum included oral presentations and poster presentations from research topics including engineering, social sciences, humanities, education, agricultural sciences, math, physical sciences, biological sciences and interdisciplinary research. 

University faculty judges selected the top presenters in each session. An awards ceremony included a special presentation from Sarah Hancock, communications coordinator for the Office of Vice President for Research.

The forum is sponsored by the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Council, and the offices of the president and provost.

2017 K-State GRAD Forum winners:

• Interdisciplinary Research Oral: First place — Gabriel Granco, doctoral student in geography, Brazil. Granco's major professor is Marcellus Caldas.

• Biological Sciences Oral 1: First place — Samantha Sharpe, doctoral student in biology, San Rafael, California. Sharpe's major professor is Loretta Johnson.

• Biological Sciences Oral 2: First place — Nick Barts, doctoral student in biology, Belleville, Illinois. Barts' major professor is Michael Tobler.

• Biological Sciences Poster: First place — Jillian Joyce, doctoral student in human nutrition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Joyce's major professor is Sara Rosenkranz.

• Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Poster: First place — Sarocha Pradyawong, doctoral student in biological and agricultural engineering, Thailand. Pradyawong's major professor is Donghai Wang.

• Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Oral: First place — Janaka Gamekkanda Gamaethige, doctoral student in chemistry, Sri Lanka. Gamaethige's major professor is Christer Aakeröy.

• Social Sciences/Humanities/Education Oral: First place — Jakki Forester, master's student in communication studies, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Forester's major professor is Alicia Brunson.

• Social Sciences/Humanities/Education Poster: First place — Brooke Cull, doctoral student in human nutrition, Oakland, Nebraska. Cull's major professor is Sara Rosenkranz.

• Agricultural Sciences Oral: First place — Rajesh Kumar, master's student in grain sciences, India. Kumar's major professor is Sajid Alavi.

• Agricultural Sciences Poster: First place — Ross Braun, doctoral student in horticulture, Leeds, North Dakota. Braun's major professor is Dale Bremer.

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