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2021 All-University Achievements

• Among the best: K-State one of the top schools on Princeton Review's latest lists, and Niche.com rates K-State the best university in Kansas.

Kansas State University

• Great place to work: Forbes ranks K-State as top three employer in Kansas.

• Planted in excellence: College of Agriculture remains one of top 10 agricultural sciences schools in nation.

Waters Hall

• Going places: Seven K-State students offered Gilman scholarships for education abroad.


• A worthy career: Kansas Association of Broadcasts honors A.Q. Miller School's Steve Smethers with Distinguished Service, hall of fame induction.

Best of the best: K-State among top LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.

Campus Pride Best of Best

• Ultimate storyteller: University's research magazine, Seek, internationally recognized for excellence.

Seek CASE Award

• Smart choice: K-State named top educational value in Kansas.

Campus aerial view

• Top scholar: Entomology doctoral student receives prestigious USDA-NIFA fellowship.

Hannah Quellhorst

• Next-gen leader: Agronomy doctoral student selected as Borlaug Scholar.

Nida Ghori

• Salute for her service: K-State senior and veteran receives received the GI Jobs Student Veteran Leader Award.

• Fitting tribute: Regional continuing education association award renamed in honor of emeritus Dean Sue Maes.

Sue Maes

• Outstanding paper: Biology's Alice Boyle earns Katma Award from ornithology associations as co-writer of innovative article.

• Excellence in engagement: Director of Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, Tim Shaffer, to serve on Engagement Scholarship Consortium.

Tim Shaffer

• Among the best: Tim Musch named one of the top researchers in microcirculation.

Tim Musch

• Winning concept: Agricultural engineering researchers earn Rain Bird Engineering Concept of the Year award.

• Conquering the competition: Architectural engineering and construction science team takes second in international competition.

• National recognition: Goodband, Tokach awarded by the American Society of Animal Science.

Goodband and Tokach

• International winner: Engineering junior receives prestigious ASHRAE scholarship.

Caden Stirtz

• Landing a big honor: K-State Polytechnic selected to lead national UAS competition.

• Prestigious award: New graduate is K-State's latest Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship winner.


• Valued educator: Elizabeth Kiss receives Stewart M. Lee Consumer Education Award.

Elizabeth Kiss

• Recognized for research: Vet med student using national research fellowship to study deadly swine disease.


• Pass the baton: Alex Wimmer new president-elect of Kansas Bandmasters Association.

• Select honor: Medical laboratory science student earns national scholarship.


• Virus beaters: Researchers Kim and Chang publish new study on Sars-CoV-2 treatment.

Kim and Chang

• Emerging leader: College of Engineering's Chassy Nichols selected for new Emerging Leaders Program of the National Association of College and University Business Officers.

• Superior software: K-State-developed PEARS software selected as national reporting system for SNAP-ed.

PEARS logo

• Top researchers: Biology doctoral student earns honors from Southwestern Association of Naturalists for research, while industrial and manufacturing systems engineering doctoral student earns wins paper award at national conference.

• A welcoming place for all: K-State among top LGBTQ-friendly schools.

• Leading the way: Kevin Sauer serving as president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Kevin Sauer

• Blowing away the competition: K-State Collegiate Wind Team earns national honors for turbine prototype.

• Ruling the airwaves: K-State student radio station Wildcat 91.9 wins two bronze Telly Awards.

Wildcat 91.9

• Award-winning visions: Projects by landscape architecture graduate students earn honors.

• Gift with financial impact: Donation from College of Business Administration alumni establishes Gates Capital Management Center for Financial Analysis.

• Fine design: Interior architecture & industrial design's Hernán Gregorio receives Silver A' Design Award, while Kutay Güler wins international 2021 Bronze A'Design Award, both for furniture designs.

• Making a difference: Two College of Education faculty members recognized for helping rural schools in Australia and Kansas.

• A high assessment: K-State's director of assessment elected to board of the Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education.

• No beef with this: K-State Meat Evaluation Team is the national champion.

Meat Evaluation Team

• A welcoming place: K-State among top LGBTQ-friendly schools in nation.

• Just "plane" good: K-State Polytechnic's Steven Locklear named aviation maintenance educator of the year.

Steven Locklear

• Meeting the highest standards: Center for Child Development earns national accreditation from NAEYC.

Center for Child Development

• Researcher on the rise: Food science doctoral candidate Daniel Vega wins national scholarship for his food safety research.

• Making waves: Jeridy Oetkin receives the National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Making Waves Chapter Advisor Award.

Jeridy Oetkin

• Fulbright winners: Two K-State students earn Fulbright awards, while one student named Fulbright alternate.

Crocker and Wilson

• 'Write' choice: BRI's Stephen Higgs co-authors of one of the Top 100 downloaded papers in Nature Scientific Reports.

• Best-connected: Manhattan is among Top 50 connected college towns.

• Attention-worthy: Two students earn honorable mention for Udall Scholarship.

• Bright futures: Five architectural engineering students earn national lighting design scholarships.

• Building excellence: Civil engineering student earns national scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Sarah Carr

• Art scholar: Architecture's Joseph Watson selected for Tyson Scholar of American Art program.

Joseph Watson

• Still champs: K-State Crops Team continues winning ways.

• Solar power leader: K-State's Net Positive Studio takes honors in Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon Build Challenge.

Net Positive Studio home

• Award-winning messages: Division of Communications and Marketing earns national awards in Educational Advertising Awards competition.

Don't Make the World Wait

• Power scholar: Nuclear engineering student receives DOE national scholarship.

Broderick Sieh

• State's best: Collegian Media Group takes top honors in Kansas Collegiate Media competition.

• Sustainability champs: In Race for Waste recycling competition, K-State ties for first in Big 12.

• Technology excellence: K-State Libraries' Jason Coleman recognized with  ETS Emerging Technology Section Achievement Award.

• "Write" way: K-State Polytechnic faculty, staff edit, author chapters in new editition of unmanned aircraft systems textbook.

• One for the books: All In for K-State raises more than $500,000 for Textbooks 2.0 initiative.

All In for K-State

• Passion for fashion: Two K-State students to showcase designs at Kansas City Fashion Week.

• Chapter kudos: K-State student chapter of the American Concrete Institute has been named a 2020 ACI Excellent University.

• Healthy selections: Five K-State Master of Public Health students earn awards from Midwestern Public Health Training Center.

• Best in Kansas: Doctoral candidate in school counseling named state's school counselor of the year.

• High honor: Doctoral student in chemistry earns honorable mention for NSF National Graduate Research Fellowship.


• Honored uniter: College of Agriculture's Zelia Wiley awarded for work in improving race relations in education.

Zelia Wiley

• Broadcast best: K-State JMC students earn high honors from Kansas Association of Broadcasters.

• Elite selection: Junior in political science selected for Critical Language Scholarship Program.

• Teaching excellence: Horticulture and natural resources' Cathie Lavis is National Collegiate Landscape Competition's 2021 Educator of the Year.

• Service leader: Housing and Dining Services' Mary Molt recognized as leader in onsite food service preparation by Food Management.

• Top geographer: Geography doctoral student earns American Geographical Society Council Fellowship.


• A welcoming program: Hospitality administration master's program named among nation's best.

• Great place to work: K-State, KSU Foundation again named top employers.
Diversity jobs
• Proud and purple: K-State Alumni Association again tops in Big 12 for membership.
Alumni Association
• A true gem: Geology's Behzad Ghanbarian receives the 2020 Soil Physics and Hydrology Early Career Award. 

• Designed win: Interior design student team earns recognition for veteran community project.

• Tech leader: CIO Gary Pratt named to board of directors of Higher Education User Group.

• Science speaks: Master's student in agronomy to represent university in regional three-minute thesis competition.

• A CASE for excellence: University creative teams take top honors.

CASE medals

• "Hire" education at work: Latest post-graduation report finds 95% of K-State's 2019-2020 graduates employed or continuing their education.
job-ed dashboard
• Head of the class: College of Education honored for exemplary elementary education programming.

• The right pitch: K-State Sales Team wins 2021 Desert Cup.

• Accomplished authors: English professor's book explores history, vast research of Alzheimer's disease, while dance professor publishes "DANCE Appreciation.

Han Yu book

• Wind power: K-State selected for 2022 Collegiate Wind Competition.

• Salute for excellence: Weed Science Society of America honors agronomy's Mithila Jugulam for outstanding research.

• Online excellence: Online degree programs earn high rankings from U.S. News and World Report.

• International scholars: Two pre-veterinary students earn Gilman scholarship for studies, work abroad.

Gilman scholars

• Prestigious honor: Ag econ's Aleksan Shanoyan earns regional U.S. Department of Agriculture Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Science.

• Exceptional physicist: Physics graduate student Doyeong Kim named a 2021 LPC Graduate Scholar.

Kim, physics

• Science leader: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America present agronomy graduate student with Future Leaders in Science Award; also receives inaugural Graduate Student Award for high productivity in research, publications and outreach from the North American Plant Phenotyping Network.

Nathan Hein

• Fit place to be: Greater KC Chamber of Commerce recognizes K-State Olathe as a top level healthy workplace.

• Excelling at outreach: National water council honors Jonathan Aguilar with Mid-Career Award for Extension/Outreach/Engagement.

• Top program: Housebeautiful.com, a part of Hearst Digital Media, names K-State's interior design program as one of the best.

Tiffany Rogers-Randolph and Colby Moorberg honored with Innovative Teaching awards from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

• National role: Veterinary Medicine's Raelene Wouda named certification liaison for national veterinary internal medicine association.

• Taking on COVID: Broad-spectrum protease inhibitor developed with K-State's help on to preclinical trial for possible COVID-19 vaccine.

• Engineering excellence: K-State sets record for largest number of engineering graduates ever in Kansas during 2020.

College of Engineering

• K-State means business: Professional Master of Business Administration program ranks among best in nation.

• On course for success: Horticultural doctoral student receives Watson Fellowship from Golf Course Superintendents Association of American.

• Legendary faculty: Ted Cable, professor emeritus of park management and conservation receives Legend Award from national park and recreation academy.

• Top researcher: College of Veterinary Medicine's Juergen Richt receives Higuchi-KU Endowment Research Achievement Award.

Juergen Richt

• National director: Health and Human Sciences' Bronwyn Fees named director of APLU's Board on Human Sciences.

• By design: Landscape architecture student earns honor in international competition.

• On the front lines: Work by Lafene Health Center Medical Director Kyle Goerl contributes to CDC's revised quarantine guidelines for COVID-19.

Kyle Goerl

• Virtual virtuosos: Members of Kansas State University Marching Band and the Class Cats Dance Team performing with select Intercollegiate Marching Band.

• Top teachers: National geoscience association names two geology graduate teaching assistants as it January 2021 outstanding GTAs.

• Business boosters: Technology Development Institute using CARES Act funding to help support Kansas manufacturers cope with pandemic.

• Research salute: College of Veterinary Medicine's Juergen Richt receives Excellence in Research Award from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.