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• Top scientist: University Distinguished Professor Phillip E. Klebba named fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Science.

• Global impact: K-State's Vara Prasad recognized with International Agronomy Award.

• Super achiever: K-State Student Union Executive Directory Corey Williamson named 2020 EOA Achiever by Educational Opportunity Association.

• Excellence in education, outreach: Agronomy's Ciampitti honored with Agronomic Education and Extension Award.

• Senate speaker: BRI Director Stephen Higgs testifies before key U.S. Senate committee on important research going on at the vital K-State institute.

• Scoring a top spot: Music's David Simmons Wood named program director for Early Music America.

• National nomination: Bryan Pinkall receives Grammy nomination with KC Chorale for recent recording.

• Serving the state: Gov. Kelly selects Madaí Rivera for Advantage Kansas Coalition.

• Attention worthy: North Central Weed Science Society names Vipan Kumar outstanding young scientist.

• Powerful posters: Mechanical engineering doctoral candidate takes first place in national conference poster competition, while mechanical engineering-nuclear option undergraduates place in poster competition at American Nuclear Society meeting.

• Salute to outstanding work: Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers awards three K-State staffers — Andrew Kohls, assistant director, Career Center; Rebecca Gould, career coach, College of Business Administration Career Development; and Kerri Keller, director, Career Center.

• Outstanding chapter: Construction science student chapter earns Chapter of Excellence Grant.

• Distinguished service: BRI's Stephen Higgs receives Harry Hoogstraal Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Entomology.

• National champs: Livestock Judging Team best in nation, earns 15th championship.

• Masterful mentoring: Kansas Educational Leadership Institute at K-State again earns highest certification from International Mentoring Association.

• Innovative teacher: Shirley Tung winner of 2020-2021 Innovative Course Design award from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

• Impressive streak: Personal financial planning's HanNa Lim earns third consecutive top research paper award from the Association for Financial Counseling & Planned Education.

• Tackling hunger: Jan Middendorf named chair of key Feed the Future Innovation Labs council.

• International service: Julie Pentz accepted in Fulbright Specialist Program.

• The "write" way: Engineering's Pascal Hitzler and co-authors receive the Semantic Web Science Association Ten-Year Award for published work.

• Promising future: Two graduating education students named Teachers of Promise by Kansas State Department of Education.

• Top effort:  Professional strategic selling student Cecilia Nancarrow places first at Northeast Intercollegiate Sales Competition.

• Transportation talent: Two regional & community planning students earn Eisenhower Transportation Graduate fellowships from U.S. Department of Transportation.

• Making a difference: College of Agriculture senior earns George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award.

• Leading the way: Kinesiology's Craig Harms receives American Kinesiology Association's Jerry R. Thomas Distinguished Leadership Award.

• Premier publications: Royal Purple Yearbook, Collegian win national honors, as do student staff members.

• Excellence honored: Kellie Wilson honored for human resource excellence by College and University Professional Association for Human Resources.

• Fashion forward: Fashion studies team receives Optitex Technology Award from International Textile and Apparel Association.

• Master mentor: Extension Engineering's Bruce Snead receives lifetime achievement award for mentoring from national radon organization.

• Dance education leader: Julie Pentz elected to Executive Committee of National Dance Education Organization.

• Rising star: International educators association honors Sara Boro with regional Rising Star Young Leader Award.

• A healthy honor: Kansas Public Health Association recognizes Megan Katt for outstanding service in promotion of public health.

• Distinguished fellowship: English's Steffi Dippold named to 2019-2021 Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography.

• Genomics gem: Plant pathology's Jesse Poland and Jared Crain receive inaugural 2020 Plant Genome Outstanding Paper Award.

• 'Hire' education at its best: Forbes magazine names K-State a Top 10 employer in Kansas and best university employer in Sunflower State.

• Select fellowship: Physics doctoral student Kurtis Borne selected by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program to conduct thesis research at a DOE national laboratory.

• Purple power: Donors contribute more than $177.4 million to university for fiscal year.

• A+ archivist: Cliff Hight, with fellow members of the Dictionary Working Group, receives Council Exemplary Service Award from Society of American Archivists.

• Ensuring food security: Pathobiology doctoral student Konner Cool awarded a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Scientist Training Program fellowship.

• Case made: Agricultural economics master's students win Agricultural and Applied Economics Association's national Case Study Competition.

• Kansas' top school: K-State again best value school in state according to Money magazine.

• Rooted in excellence: College of Agriculture remains one of nation's best.

• World travelers: Six K-State students earn Gilman Scholarship to study abroad.

• Honored educator: Stephanie Rolley earns Jot D. Carpenter Teaching Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

• Write stuff: New textbook by Biology's Kim With honored as best by British Ecological Society.

• Among the best: Katie Heinrich named fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine.

• Cementing excellence: Student engineering chapter recognized with international excellence award by American Concrete Institute.

• Top dissertation kudos: Political science's Angela Y.S. Park receives Leonard D. White Award from American Political Science Association for best doctoral dissertation.

• Chart topper: Music's Bryan Pinkall sings on No. 1 classical album.

• Victorious video: Nuclear engineering doctoral student earns best video award at national conference.

• The place to be: National survey finds K-State college experience among the nation's best.

• Research boost: K-State history professor gets NEH summer stipend for Kosovo refugee research.

• Career rewarded: American Society for Horticultural Science names Candice Shoemaker a fellow for outstanding contributions, research to field.

• Tops in Kansas: National education website Niche ranks K-State as best college in Kansas.

• Global problem-solver: Veterinary student using national scholarship to take on tick-related cattle disease.

• Fulbright kudos: Geography and geospatial sciences' Bimal Paul earns Fulbright Flex Award for project in Nepal.

• Out-of-sight waiver: K-State Polytechnic granted expanded UAS BVLOS waiver.

• Fulfilling our land-grant mission: State of Kansas commends K-State, community partnership for COVID-19 testing material partnership.

• Super scholar: May 2020 graduate Sara Gammon receives Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.

• Global leaders in the making: Two K-State students named Cargill Global Scholars.

• All-Star faculty: American Meat Science Association presents Distinguished Achievement Award to Travis O'Quinn; while American Society of Meat Scientists honors Mike Tokach for research and Jason Woodworth for service.

• Top magazine: Fall 2019 issue of the Agriculturalist named top publication by National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow.

• Top design for diversity: Interior design students win national interior design video competition focused on diversity, inclusion.

• Creating a buzz: K-State study first to show SARS-CoV-2 can't be spread by mosquitoes.

• Commitment honored: American Society for Engineering Education honor's Polytechnic's
Julia Morse for longtime service.

• Tackling treatment: K-State-led
research consortium testing drugs to fight COVID-19.

• Taking on disease: University signs licensing agreement by College of Veterinary Medicine's Waithaka Mwangi for African swine fever.

• Emerging leader: Marriage and family therapy
doctoral student earns diversity leadership scholarship from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

• Blockbuster documentary: College of Education's
Underground Railroad documentary surpasses 1 million views.

• Education that adds up: K-State
personal financial planning students earn three of 12 national competitive scholarships.

• Making a difference: The university signs its fourth licensing agreement with a corporate partner on vaccine technology related to COVID-19 for work by Waithaka Mwangi.

• Promising researcher: Cosmologist Lado Samushia receives $750,000 early career research grant from U.S. Department of Energy.

• Taking the helm: Biology's Carolyn Ferguson new president-elect of American Society of Plant Taxonomists.

• Drive with pride: K-State license plate program reaches $5 million for student scholarships.

• Emerging star: National Council on Family Relations recognizes Anthony Ferraro as up-and-coming teacher and mentor.

• National office: Physician assistant program's Nikki Tucker named secretary of the Society for Physician Assistants in Pediatrics.

• Diversity welcome: K-State named best college in Kansas for LGBTQ+ students.

• Rising star: InvestmentNews tabs Martin Seay for its 40 Under 40 list.

• Financial literacy leader: K-State makes list of top 50 financial literacy programs in U.S.

• A good fit: Kinesiology's Katie Heinrich president-elect of American Academy of Health Behavior.

• Feeding the future: Vara Prasad to serve on new international commission on sustainable agricultural intensification.

• A CAREER first: Jeff Comer is first College of Veterinary Medicine faculty member to receive NSF CAREER award.

• Cyber success: NSF renews K-State's
CyberCorps program led by Eugene Vasserman.

• Community booster: KSRE's
Trudy Rice presented national community vitality service award.

• Ensuring success:
Dan Kurtz to elected to serve with Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors.

• Purple pride: Newest K-State grad draws national spotlight for selfless act.

• Voice of a champion: Voice professor Bryan Pinkall wins 2020 American Prize in Vocal Performance.

• Honored for potential: Doctoral candidate Paula Silva winner of a Borlaug Global Rust Initiative 2020 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career Award.

• True patriot: K-State President Richard Myers recognized by Daughters of American Revolution with Distinguished Citizen Medal.

• National landing spot: Polytechnic's Lindsey Dreiling tabbed for new federal aviation advisory board.

• Chief position: K-State Police Director Ronnie Grice serving on COVID-19 Recovery Task Force.

• Outreach excellence: Vet Med's Kate KuKanich honored by Student American Veterinary Medical Association for community outreach.

• Big 12's best: K-State is Big 12 Recyclemania champion.

• Super scientist: Plant pathology's Barbara Valent elected to elite National Academy of Sciences.

• SMART choice: Mechanical engineering and math student selected for Defense Department's SMART Scholarship.

• Up-and-coming: Chemical engineer Ryan Hansen is K-State's latest NSF CAREER award winner.

• Select scholars: Fulbright program recognizes two K-State students.

Speaking excellence: Freshman member of sales, marketing and management honoray takes second place in national speakers competition.

• Setting the standards: Hospitality management professor to serve on advisory council of national hotel and lodging education institute.

• Elite scholar: Senior Sara Gammon is university's 36th Truman scholar.

• Sales-sational program: National Strategic Sales Institute ranked as top sales program for eighth year in a row.

• Best in Kansas: Collegian editor-in-chief Kaylie McLaughlin named Kansas Collegiate Journalist of the Year.

• Top designer: Architecture professor selected for prestigious I-Park residency.

• Teacher leader: Elementary education major Aundrea Bruna new president of Kansas National Education Association-Aspiring Educators for 2020-2021.

• National scholar: Physics major and undergraduate researcher Blaine Fry receives Goldwater scholarship.

• Designer of distinction: APDesign's Otto Chanyakorn named recipient of prestigious Gabriel Prize.

• Research rewarded: Biology's Lydia Zeglin is K-State's newest NSF CAREER award recipient.

• Putting students first: K-State receives national recognition for exemplary transfer pathways.

• Top scholarship winner: Architectural engineering student earns $10,000 scholarship from ASHRAE.

• International leader: Camilla Roberts selected president of International Center for Academic Integrity.

• Excellence honored: National mammologist society names graduate student research award in honor of biology professors Don and Glennis Kaufman.

• Top writer: JMC's Gloria Freeland earns two Kansas Professional Communicators awards.

• Selling victory: K-State Sales Team members earn honors at national collegiate competition.

• Hospitable leader: Hospitality management's Kevin Roberts to serve on Accreditation Commission for Programs in Hospitality Administration.

• Journalism U: JMC online graduate program ranked in Top 10 for affordability.

• Next-level leader: Bronwyn Fees recognized for leadership, named an ACE fellow.

• Ruling the airwaves: K-State students earn honors from Broadcast Education Association, Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

• Researcher on the rise:
Vipan Kumar recognized with prestigious early career award from weed science societies.

• Elite company: Veterinary student earns select scholarship for career promise.

• The 'write' way: Senior instructor earns Top Author Award from Top Hat.

• The standard of excellence: K-State Black Student Union remains best in the Big 12 for the 12th time in last 15 years.

• In demand:
New K-State graduates set record for employment, continuing education opportunities.

• Title of distinction:
Chuck Rice named national associate of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

• Up-and-comer:
Engineering professor receives NSF CAREER award for 3D metal-graphene composites research.

• Project perfection:
K-State Engineering Extension wins 2020 Vernier Engineering Contest for its KidWind Challenges.

• Designer for the future:
APDesign student again claims top honors in the national NEXT Competition.

• Excellent in engagement: K-State recognized with 2020 Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation.

• Where working rocks: University named top employer by DiversityJobs.com.

• Mastering opportunity: Master's degree in biomedical sciences among best in nation.

• Partnership for success: Oz to Oz recognized by Institute of International Education.

• Ensuring our democracy: K-State recognized for student voter engagement.

• Leading the way: Department of State again selects K-State as site of leadership institute for young African leaders.

• Design stars: Interior architecture & product design students semifinalists in prestigious national design competition.

• Model leader: President Myers named Outstanding Kansas Citizen of the Year.

• International star: Anthropology student earns Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad.

• Top editor: Financial Planning Association appoints K-State's Stuart Heckman editor of Journal of Financial Planning.

• High quality, budget friendly: K-State's human nutrition and dietetics program ranks first in nation for affordability; online program ranks sixth.

• Making the CASE: K-State creative teams earn 43 awards for promoting university.

• Best in business: U.S. News and World Reports ranks online PMBA program in nation's top 25.

• Excellence by design: Architectural Digest names interior design program among nation's best.

• Federal recognition: Civil engineering professor part of award-winning research team cited by U.S. Department of Defense program.

• Top planner: Personal financial planning program chair Martin Seay new president of Financial Planning Association.

• International honor: Three APDesign landscape architecture graduate students earn honorable mention in international design competition.

• Biology standout: Doctoral candidate Nick Barts receives prestigious Raymond J. Huey Award for research presentation at national meeting.