Undergraduate Professional Development Seminars

This summer seminar series is open to both the non-K-State students participating in formal summer research programs and K-State undergraduates engaged in research or who are interested in pursuing graduate studies.

Please direct questions about the seminar series to Megan Miller (mmmiller@ksu.edu).

The summer 2021 seminar series has concluded.

Library Resources to Support Research

June 7, 3:00pm

Join Cindy Logan, STEM librarian from Hale Library, to learn how to navigate the K-State Library’s website. She will demonstrate the discovery system, Search It, as well as how to access the subject databases. Once in the subject databases you will learn some search techniques and how to access to the full-text of electronic journal articles and books. If access is not available, Cindy will show you how to request those items. Lastly, searching hints for Google and Google Scholar will be shared as well as a discussion on citation management systems.

Cindy Logan, Academic Services Librarian


Understanding Responsible Conduct of Research

June 14, 3:00pm

This seminar will introduce undergraduate researchers to responsible conduct of research and research compliance requirements.

Cheryl Doerr Associate Vice President for Research Compliance


Navigating the Graduate School Application Process

June 21, 3:00pm

This seminar will cover: Finding the right university and degree program for you, submitting application materials, K-State application process, preparing for GRE and other standardized entrance exams, and how to be successful in the application process. This session will also introduce graduate assistantships and how to be considered for an assistantship.

Megan Miller, Graduate School Student Success Coordinator


Opportunities for Financing Your Graduate Education

June 28, 3:00 - 4:30pm

Topics covered in the seminar include:

  • Applying for grants, fellowships, and scholarships
  • Federal student aid--differences in aid for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Managing personal finances and budgeting


  • Jim Hohenbary, Director of K-State's Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships
  • Kris Shewmaker, Assistant Director – Athletic Compliance Liaison, K-State Office of Financial Assistance
  • Jackie Cummings Koski, Certified Educator in Personal Finance, MS student in Personal Financial Planning & Financial Therapy


Networking and Career Exploration

July 12, 3:00 - 4:15pm

As you prepare for graduate education, it is important to also think about your professional goals and your post-graduate school plans. In this seminar, you will learn about resources to help you explore and prepare for diverse career opportunities. We will also share strategies on how to build a strong professional network during and after your graduate career and how to utlize your network to advance your professional goals.

Andrew Kohls, Career Center Assistant Director


The Life of a Graduate Student: Panel Discussion with K-State Graduate Students

July 19, 3:00 - 4:15pm

Learn more about graduate student life is like directly from current K-State students. Attendees will hear about experiences from a diverse panel of graduate students and will have an opportunity to have their questions addressed.


Cesar Aparicio
Completed MS in Biomedical Science in May 2021
PhD student in Physiology, beginning fall 2021
Studying drug delivery and imaging using nanoparticles
Former KS-LSAMP and K-State Developing Scholar

Hannah Dea
MS student in Biology
Began program in summer 2019
Studying microbial ecology
Former REU participant

Raymond Thomas
MS student in Agricultural Economics
Began program in 2018
Former KSRE Multicultural Fellow

Ramona Weber
Completed MS in Kinesiology at K-State in Fall 2020
Began PhD in Kinesiology in Spring 2021
Studying mechanisms of oxygen transport in heart failure and pharmaceutical avenues to increase exercise capacity in heart failure patients
Former McNair Scholar