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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

EXCITE Summer Workshop 

Save the date! The 2020 Summer Workshop will be June 3-5. 

The EXCITE Summer Workshop is a three-day program held on the K-State Manhattan campus. The workshop is designed to encourage and inspire high school girls to pursue a future in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and pre-health professions. Students will stay overnight in the residence halls and participate in hands-on activities led by K-State faculty and students. 

17 years of learning: The 2019 Summer Workshop is a success!

From June 5-7, 2019, nearly 30 high-school students from Kansas and Missouri joined KAWSE for a 3-day, 2-night experience on the K-State campus in Manhattan. Beyond Students tour KSU agricultural facilitiesparticipating in hands-on activities, the students also learned a little bit about what life would be like as a college student. They stayed in Marlatt Hall and ate at the Kramer Dining Center. Students also visited the K-State recreation center and natatorium for evening activities. In their down time, students toured the K-State campus with their mentors to learn more about some of the hidden gems that KSU has to offer. 

Over 30 faculty, staff and students volunteered their time to host hands-on activities in various STEM fields for the students. The topics helped demonstrate the range of opportunities available for students and, later, as a career. Some of the workshops included:

  • Managing Flower and Reproduction for Crop Improvement (Kevin Donnelly): Plant breeding involves improving plants for food, feed, aesthetic or industrial uses. This workshop examined how flowers are pollinated, and how humans can control pollination in plant breeding. 
  • What Do Baking and Engineering Have in Common? (Melanie Derby): In this hands-on workshop, students explored how the amount of water added to bread dough can impact the bread's structure. Importantly, this same concept applies to water evaporation from soils!
  • From Plants to Paper (Eli Janzen): Using plant materials, students made their very own paper.
  • Moving Buildings to Move Agriculture Forward (Nathan Hein): The KSU North Farm has state-of-the-art phenotyping facilities. Students toured a heat stress facility, rain out shelters, and drone technology.


We are happy to answer any questions you might have by email (kawse@ksu.edu) or phone (785-532-6088). If you would like to stay up-to-date with future events, be sure to sign-up for the EXCITE listserv

2019 Summer Workshop Participants