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2020 Student Achievements


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

• 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.

• Concrete success: Architectural engineering student earns scholarship from Kansas City chapter of the American Concrete Institute.

• 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.

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

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

• Perfect pianists: Two K-State piano students earn honors in Kansas Music Teachers Association competition.

• Making history: Doctoral student, West Point faculty member publishes book on liberation of the Philippines.

• Passion for fashion: Two fashion studies students showcase designs at Kansas City Fashion Week.

• Poster with pop: Doctoral candidate in nuclear engineering recognized for best poster by Idaho National Lab.

• 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.

• Online honor: Online business administration student Crystal Ritz receives 2020 University and Professional Continuing Education Association Central Region Outstanding Professional, Continuing, and/or Online Education Student award.

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

• Super scholar: Architectural engineering student Diego Sanchez receives Gold Award scholarship from Mid-West Concrete Industry Board and Concrete Promotional Group.

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

• Design superiority: Architecture student Natalie Grimm earns honorable mention in international design competition.

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

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

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

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

• Scholarships for excellence: JCERT scholarships presented to six K-State Olathe graduate students.

• Recognition and reward: National online education alliance recognizes K-State grad student with scholarship.

• In the running: Financial planning team finalist in national financial competition.

• 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.

• Potential reward: Two marketing students and two strategic communications students earn $1,500 scholarships by regional advertising organization.

• Shining lights: K-State architectural engineering students earn seven of 13 national scholarships from Besal Lighting Education Fund.

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

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

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

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


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

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

• Potential recognized: Kansas City Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals selects two K-State operations and supply chain management majors for scholarships.

• Where excellence grows: National agricultural education group recognizes K-State agriculture faculty, students with awards.

• A welcome honor:
Hospitality management student earns scholarship from national food service organization.

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

• Rewarding research: Engineering doctoral candidate earns NSF grant for his work in medical device research and development.

• National recognition: Second-year veterinary student selected for national veterinary scholarship.

• Select honor: Interior design sophomore gets honorable mention nod for Udall scholarship.

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

• 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.

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

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

• Researcher kudos: Two graduate students earn honorable mention for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

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

• Award-winning media: K-State students earn honors for media work.

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

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

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

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

• Career scholarships: Two students receive district-level scholarships from the Kansas City chapter of ASHRAE.

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

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

• Research kudos: Three doctoral students earn honors for State Capitol poster presentations.

• Something to "sell"abrate: K-State Sales Team takes third in regional competition.

• 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.

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

• Research rewarded: Four K-State undergraduate researchers earn honors at K-INBRE Symposium.

• Super at sales: Sales Team takes second at intercollegiate competition.

• Superstar scholar: Biology doctoral student named 2020 Yale Ciencia Academy fellow.

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

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

• Key of success: Blue Key Senior Honorary named outstanding chapter, while two members earn national honors.

• Making waves: Amateur Radio Club takes second in collegiate competition.

• 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.

• Perfection in programming: K-State chapter of Association for Computing Machinery teams take second, third and fourth places in regional collegiate program competition.