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Summer Undergraduate Professional Development Seminars

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

Professional development certificate

Students who attend at least five of the six seminars and complete a feedback survey for each will be presented with a digital professional development certificate. 

Please direct questions about the seminar series to: gdschgra@ksu.edu

Financial Support for Graduate School

July 1, 2019
Fiedler Auditorium

Topics covered in the seminar include: overview of graduate assistantships; grants, fellowships, and scholarships; federal student aid--differences in aid for undergraduate and graduate students; personal financial planning.

Dr. Sunanda Dissanayake, Graduate School Associate Dean
Mr. Jim Hohenbary, Director of K-State's Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships 
Ms. Emily Koochel, Powercat Financial Peer Counselor

Communicating Research to the Public

July 8, 2019
Fiedler Auditorium

This seminar will cover the importance of communicating research to public audiences, challenges associated with communicating research to non-specialized audiences, and how to effectively communicate research findings.

Mr. Jared Bixby, Curator of Education at the Sunset Zoo and Kansas Science Communication Initiative representative
Dr. Michi Tobler, Associate Professor in Biology and Kansas Science Communication Initiative representative

Effective Presentation Skills

July 15, 2019
Fiedler Auditorium

Receive useful tips and advice for preparing oral and poster presentations just in time for your end of summer presentation!

Dr. Michael Young, Professor in Psychological Sciences

Previous Seminars
Beginning Your Research Experience

June 10, 2019
Fiedler Auditorium

This seminar will cover responsible conduct of research and will introduce students to online library databases and resources.

Dr. Peter Dorhout, Vice President for Research
Cindy Logan, Academic Services Librarian

Graduate School: Application, Acceptance, and Attendance

June 17, 2019
Fiedler Auditorium

Overview: 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.

Communicating accomplishments: Building a vita/resume and writing a personal/research statement and cover letter.

Dr. Carol Shanklin, Dean of the Graduate School
Andrew Kohls, Career Center Assistant Director

Graduate student panel discussion: Receive tips on the application process and learn what graduate student life is like from current graduate students.


Kseniya Chumachenko, PhD student in Plant Pathology
Kent Connell, PhD student in Biology
Gabe Necoechea, Doctoral student in Mathematics
Loren Taylor, Doctoral student in Human Ecology - Couple and Family Therapy

Networking and Career Development

June 24, 2019
Fiedler Auditorium

This seminar will cover the value of building a professional network and how to do so effectively.

Dr. Amy Gross, Vice President of Training for Dale Carnegie--Kansas Heartland

Attendees also will hear from a panel of professionals in a variety of disciplines and careers to learn about diverse career opportunities available to advance degree holders.


Dr. Alina De La Mota-Peynado, Teaching Assistant Professor in Biology
Ms. Dusti Gallagher, President/CEO Heartland Plant Innovations
Dr. Lorne Jordan - Analytical Biochemist and Process Development Scientist at Ventria Bioscience
Maureen Olewnik, Global Food Systems Research Coordinator
Dr. Vahid Rahmani, Assistant Professor in Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) Virtual Tour

Special session - does not count towards professional development certificate

June 25, 2019
Ekdahl Room, 3rd floor of Regnier Hall

Dr. Stephen Higgs, Director of the Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI)

Dr. Higgs will give a presentation to share information on the various types of research conducted at the BRI, accompanied with photos of the research facility. He also will share information about the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF), which is currently being constructed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security just northeast of the BRI.

The Biosecurity Research Institute (BRI) is located at Pat Roberts Hall on the K-State campus. It was designed and constructed to meet or exceed biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) and biosafety level 3 agriculture (BSL-3Ag) standards. This facility provides K-State scientists and their collaborators with a safe and secure location to study high-consequence pathogens affecting plants, animals, and food products, including zoonotic pathogens that infect humans. At the BRI, research is conducted by animal disease scientists, food safety researchers, plant pathologists, entomologists, and those studying the basic molecular biology of high-consequence animal, human, and plant pathogens.