Featured Alumni

Graduate school alumni have pursued diverse careers and are making important contributions in higher education, industry, and government. Here are a few stories of Graduate School alumni and their post-graduate journey.

Dr. Char Maine Hines

EdD in community college leadership, 2021


Dr. CharMaine Hines, a K-State alum, transitioned from a successful career in Michigan to pursue a Doctor of Education, focusing on community college leadership. Her dedication culminated in a prestigious dissertation award and her current role as vice chancellor at Wayne County Community College District, where she continues to influence higher education policy and practice.



Kristen Sikorsky

MS in Horticulture and Natural Resources, 2020


At a young age, many kids do not know what they want to be when they get older. However, K-State master’s alumna Kristen Sikorsky (Horticulture and Natural Resources, 2020) knew the career path she wanted to pursue at eight years old. Combining her passion for public service with her love for science and the outdoors sparked her dream of becoming a biologist for the federal government.


Dr. Kelsey McDonough

PhD in biological and agricultural engineering, 2018


Dr. Kelsey McDonough, who earned her PhD in biological and agricultural engineering from K-State in 2018, has always been drawn towards developing innovative challenges.

She firmly believes that pursuing her doctoral degree led to her successful career today. McDonough currently works as a Senior Flood Engineer for FloodMapp – a technology company specializing in rapid flood forecasting and inundation mapping to provide greater warning time and awareness.