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2014 Student Achievements

• National scholar: Nathan Nordstedt, junior in horticultural sciences at K-State, is university's latest recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

• Tops in sales: Marketing student wins national sales competition.

• Six in a row: K-State Crops Judging Team best in the nation.

• Flights of success: K-State Salina professional pilot student takes top honors and flight team takes second place at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's SAFECON regional competition.

• Powerful honor: Two seniors in electrical engineering earn Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Power and Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative awards.

• Doctoral student in agronomy receives the Governor's Award for outstanding graduate poster at the 2014 Governor's Conference on the Future of Water in Kansas.

• By design: Senior in chemical engineering receives the A. McLaren White Award for his first-place entry in the national student design competition sponsored by the American Institute for Chemical Engineers.

• Two interior design students win the Mid America chapter of International Interior Design Association Student Design Wars.

Geography students earn honors at joint regional meeting of the Southwest and Great Plains/Rocky Mountain Divisions of the Association of American Geographers.

• Sales leader: K-State student is named Sales Athlete of the Year.

• Fashioning a win: A team of interior architecture & product design students turn carpet into couture to earn honors at Kansas City design event.

• Two veterinary medicine students earn national scholarships to help with their careers in large-animal veterinary medicine.

• On system: Architectural engineering team wins at international competition for second year in a row.

• Now that's a plan: Kansas American Planning Association honors landscape architecture and regional & community planning students, faculty.

• On-air talent: Journalism and mass communication students take home honors in competition.

• National bovine association honors Jacob Hagenmaier, a concurrent third-year veterinary medicine and doctoral student in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

• Toxicology society recognizes Abhilash Sasidharan, postdoctoral fellow in anatomy and physiology.

• University's Mortar Board chapter recognized for excellence nationally.

Ryan Whelchel, senior in architectural engineering, received the Fred R. Havens American Institute of Steel Construction Scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year.

• A second-year veterinary student earns a $4,000 research stipend through the Morris Animal Foundation's Veterinary Student Scholars Program.

• Interior architecture & product design student's chair a prizewinning seat at prestigious woodworking fair.

• Society of Sensory Professionals honors K-State graduate student for research.

• The Crops Team goes down under and takes first place at the Australian Universities Crops Competition.

• A concurrent third-year veterinary medicine and doctoral student in the College of Veterinary Medicine receives the American Association of Bovine Practitioners' Bovine Student Recognition Award.

Dilooshi Weerasooriya, graduate research assistant in plant and breeding genetics, is honored by Phi Kappa Phi honor society with a Love of Learning Award.

• The Student Alumni Board, a program of the K-State Alumni Association, recognized for excellence.

• Four graduate students in agricultural economics receive awards at the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association annual meeting.

• Top poster: Analena Simmons, a master's student in grain science, wins the graduate student poster presentation award at the joint annual meetings of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association in the Companion Animal Section.

• Summer honor: Angela Glean, a senior in kinesiology, serves as 2014 Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research, or STRIDE, undergraduate research fellow with the American Physiological Society.

• Three K-State graduate students each receive a $10,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

• Quality assured: K-State's chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international honor society in geography, earns national Honors Chapter Award for 2014.

• The Robotics Team is again the winner of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers' annual student robotics design. In fact, since the competition began in 2007, the Kansas State University team has claimed the championship each year.

• More than one-fourth of the finalists in the International Woodworking Fair's annual Design Emphasis Student Furniture Design Competition come from K-State's interior architecture & product design program.

• Two K-State students are 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award winners.

• Phi Kappa Phi recognizes new graduate Jenny Barriga with prestigious fellowship.

• Her stock is rising: K-State's Mariah Bausch receives $5,000 Next Gen Scholarship from TD Ameritrade for a bachelor's degree in personal financial planning.

Bill Wetherholt, doctoral candidate in geography, earns the Robert Buzzard Graduate Student Scholarship from Gamma Theta Upsilon.

• Meet the university's newest Gilman scholar, who is using the scholarship to further her plans to one day teach English in Japan.

• A two-person team from K-State won Best Overall Project and Employees Choice Video awards at the national Student Infrared Imaging Competition in Melbourne, Florida, June 27-28.

• The Danish Institute for Study Abroad honors work of landscape architecture student James Ross DeVault.

Faris Hussain, doctoral student in food science, wins poster competition at the 2014 annual meeting and expo of the Food Institute Techonologists.

• Four Kansas State University veterinary students joined the ranks of scholarship recipients in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps under the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program.

• K-State students from the hospitality and dietetics department win two of the four National Association of College & University Food Services Clark DeHaven Scholarship Trust awards, each worth $5,000.

• An interdisciplinary team of students from K-State's architectural engineering, architecture, and construction science and management programs earns honors at national competition.

• Jakki Forester, Edge editor for The Kansas State Collegian, is the first-place winner of the general news reporting from Region 7 of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Adam Summers, doctoral student in physics, receives a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Defense and the American Society for Engineering Education.

• Chad Paulk, doctoral student in animal science, earns a $2,500 scholarship from Feed Energy as part of its "Excellence in Ag" Scholarship Program.

Power meeting: Melissa Lynes, doctoral student in agricultural economics, and Hedieh Shadmani, doctoral student in economics, will attend a select meeting this summer with Nobel Prize recipients in economics.

• Two K-State Salina students win top honors with their designs in the engineering technology category of the Engineering Education Service Center's poster contest.

Andrew Bernica, May 2014 bachleor's graduate in civil engineering, has earned two scholarships from the American Concrete Institute, or ACI, in support of his graduate studies.

• Two officers of K-State's chapter of Alpha Zeta have been nationally recognized for their leadership and contributions to agriculture for 2014.

Clint Gregory, doctoral student in biology, is an honorable mention recipient in the highly competitive and prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

• Success supplied: Two students in the College of Business Administration are receiving scholarships from the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals K.C.-Heartland Roundtable.

• Entomology master's degree student Jessica Kivett is a 2014 HortScholar.

• For the fourth year in a row, the K-State chapter of Eta Kappa Nu electrical and computer engineering honor society is among the nation's best.

• A K-State senior in English wins the $6,000 national Phi Eta Sigma Scholarship.

• For the second straight year, a team from the College of Business Administration's student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management is the first-place winner in the Southwest Regional Conference Case Competition in Phoenix, Arizona.

• Best teacher: Jaimee Hartenstein, doctoral student in family studies, is the winner of the 2014 Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools Excellence in Teaching award for the doctoral level.

• Entomology doctoral student Shelly Wiggam gives the top presentation at a national conference.

• Two veterinary medicine students earn $1,000 scholarships from the Academy of Veterinary Consultants.

Landscape architecture students receive five awards at regional conference.

Doctoral students earn travel awards to present research at American Phytopathology Society's annual meeting.

• Architectural engineering student Ryan Whelchel earns $7,000 fellowship from the American Concrete Institute.

• An essay by biological systems engineering student Emma Brace places third in a national competition.

• Leadership earns veterinary medicine student Kyle Clymer honor from Western Veterinary Conference.

• For the 12th time in the last 16 years, the K-State Crops Team wins North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture national crops contest.

• Three K-State students are recipients of scholarships from the National Pork Board.

• Kansas State Collegian managing editor Jena Sauber is one of eight collegiate journalists selected for the 2014 National Newspaper Association Foundation News Fellow program.

• Lucky seven: K-State's Black Student Union is best in the Big 12 for seventh time in last nine years.

• Eight of the nine cadets with K-State's Air Force ROTC detachment are selected for the U.S. Air Force's rated position of pilot, beating the national selection average of 79 percent for a rated position and 52 percent for students seeking to be rated as pilots.

• The K-State chapter of Club Managers Association of America is a winner in the student Idea Fair contest.

• The American Concrete Institute honors K-State's student chapter with the institute's Award for Student Activities.

Agronomy graduate students sweep the top awards in the poster competition at the 2014 Great Plains Soil Fertility Conference in Denver.

• Double winner: Shelly Wiggam, doctoral student in entomology, is the recipient of the prestigious 2014 Janice Lee Fenske Award for Excellence in Wildlife Biology. Wiggam also wins best student oral presentation at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference.

• Interior architecture & product design student Josef Lang takes best in show honors at Kansas City's "Monsters of Design" competition for his cantilevered chair "CR45," inspired by his study abroad experience to Denmark.

• Animal sciences and industry students earn top honors at the American Society of Animal Science/American Dairy Science Association Midwest Section meeting. Kiah Gourley takes first in undergraduate oral presentation; Chad Paulk wins a Young Scholars award; and Hyatt Frobose wins one section of the Ph.D. oral competition, while Kyle Coble takes second in the other section of the oral competition.

• The $2,000 Zoetis/American Veterinary Medical Association Student Scholarship has been awarded to 18 veterinary medicine students at K-State.

Rabia Akhtar, doctoral student in security studies, was one of 16 junior scholars selected to attend the Woodrow Wilson Center's Nuclear Proliferation International History Project's 2014 Nuclear Boot Camp in May near Rome, Italy.

• The K-State Animal Science Collegiate Beef Quiz Bowl Team was named national champions of the 2014 National Cattlemen's Beef Association Collegiate Quiz Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. Team members included Chase Miller, Kiah Gourley, Analena Simmons, Tyler Schultz and Angela Vesco.

Erica Hamman and Megan Guyan, first-year veterinary students, are the only two recipients in the nation of the 2014 U.S. Air Force scholarship for public health officers. The scholarship pays for the students' second, third and fourth years of veterinary school in exchange for three years of active-duty service after graduating. 

Sara Gasser, a senior in interior design, was one of five finalists in NEXT, a design competition for students throughout the United States and Canada. The competition, sponsored by Steelcase, required students to exhibit a clear understanding of an interconnected workplace, creativity of design and innovation.

• Three master's students in geology received scholarships from the Kansas Geological Foundation. Logan Kelley received the $1,000 Knighton Family Scholarship and Megan Wall and Anna Downey each received a $1,000 scholarship.

• The 2014 Livestock Judging Team won the Champions of the Sioux Empire Intercollegiate Judging Contest in South Dakota, beating 14 university teams for the honor.

• "Independence Avenue Urban Vision Study" by the urban design studio at the Kansas City Design Center, a program of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design, recently received an Honor Award from the Kansas City chapter of the American Institutes of Architects chapter. The students' project won the award in an open category, competing against professional work that included built projects.



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