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 Nathan McClain, in a purple K-State t-shirt, poses with other 2017 Cargill Global Scholars at the Cargill Leadership Conference

Nathan McClain, UHP student and 2017 Cargill Global Scholar (one of 10 selected nationally) at Cargill Leadership Conference. See if you can spot him!

Fall 2021 UHP Student Achievements

Four UHP students were recently inducted into Sigma Delta Pi: Cade CiesielskiJenika Hazelbaker, Tess Fairbanks, and Tori WardModern Languages Inducts Students into National Collegiate Spanish Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi.

Five UHP students in the College of Engineering -- Kaitlin Colle, Calvin Nelson, Brian Blood, Matthew Culbertson and John Eddy -- have been inducted into Tau Beta Pi.  Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society welcomes 16 new initiates.    

Brian Blood, UHP student in Industrial Engineering, participated with other K-State finalists in this supply chain case competition: K-State business students reach finals in General Motors Supply Chain Case Competition.

Liam McConnell, UHP student in Operations and Supply Chain Management, is the November Profile of the Month in Modern Languages.  Read about his decision to study Chinese at K-State. 

Congratulations to Jaime Knight, Agronomy, and Hieu Nguyen, Biology, for being selected as 2022 McNair Scholars.  27th cohort of McNair Scholars selected.

Stacia Mendoza, junior in Finance, has been chosen as one of two 2022 student ambassadors elected to represent the University at university activities and various Alumni Association events throughout the state.  K-State students select 2022 Student Ambassadors.

Spring 2021 UHP Student Achievements

Andrea Fuhrman, Hospitality Management, and Nicholas Dombrowski, Athletic Training, have been recognized with Research/Creative Activity senior awards by the College of Health and Human Sciences. College of Health and Human Sciences recognizes spring 2021 outstanding seniors

Lydia Waner, UHP junior in Fisheries, Wildlife & Conservation Biology and Spanish, has been named as Honorable Mention for the Udall Scholarship.  Waner was awarded the Udall for career aspirations related to the environment, and only 55 recipients and 55 Honorable Mentions were awarded nationally. Two Kansas State University students earn honorable mention for Udall Scholarship

Honors students Jessica Schenk, senior in Marketing, and Caroline Kimberlin, senior in Finance and Accounting, were both members of the first place team in this year’s K-State Innovation and Strategy Case Competition. Winners announced in K-State Innovation and Strategy Case Competition

Luke Ryan, UHP senior in Agronomy, scored a first-place finish in the national invitational crops tournament for 2021, leading a first-place finish for the K-State Crops Judging Team: K-State Crops Team Completes Successful Spring Season

Congratulations to the ten members of the University Honors Program who were inducted to Phi Beta Kappa during in Spring 2021 for their excellent record of academic achievement and curricular breadth in the liberal arts and sciences: Ariana Brancato, Cadence Ciesielski, Kayla Craigmile, Natalie Leonard, Emory Mathes, Liam McConnell, Alexa Scheer, Kinsley Searles, Sarah Spond and Charles Worley. Phi Beta Kappa to induct 36 students 

Seven UHP students are among the 14 students recognized by the Division of Biology with Most Promising Student awards for 2020-21: Taylor Bugbee, Thomas Leihsing, Hieu Nguyen, Madison Nobrega, Loren Reed, Gabriela Shipman, and Lydia Waner. Division of Biology names most promising students

Sarah Carr, UHP student in Civil Engineering, has been awarded the Eugene C. Figg Engineering Scholarship from the American Society of Civil Engineers.  Civil engineering senior wins national scholarship from American Society of Civil Engineers

UHP junior in Chemical Engineering, Sierra Staatz was awarded one of two W. Leroy Culbertson Steel Ring Leadership Scholarships for 2021 by the Steel Ring Engineering Honor Society. Engineering honor society announces spring award recipients

We are happy to announce that seven UHP students from four different colleges were among those awarded Blue Key scholarships for the coming year: Cadence Ciesielski (Philosophy), Kayla Craigmile (Anthropology), Jenika Hazelbaker (Agronomy), Cameron Jones (Strategic Selling), Alexa Scheer (Political Science), Sierra Statz (Chemical Engineering), and Lydia Waner (Fisheries and Wildlife Biology). Blue Key selects K-State students for 2021-2022 scholarships

Congratulations to Nathan Bothwell, UHP senior in Political Science and Communication Studies, for being awarded a Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior award. University recognizes 12 students with Dean of Student Life Outstanding Graduating Senior Award  

Congratulations to Honors students Cameron Jones and Zachary Parr, recognized as two of the three recipients of the Mortar Board Outstanding Student Scholarship for 2021. Three students win Mortar Board Outstanding Student Scholarships

UHP writing talent: Alissa Rehmert and Lindsey Bergner have been awarded second and third place respectively in the Live Ideas Short Story Contest. Their work will appear in the April issue of Live Ideas.    Congratulations to the top three finishers in the Live Ideas short story contest

Congratulations to Stacia Mendoza and Benjamin Rauth as UHP students participating as part of Kansas State University Sales Team. The team recently took second place at the Challenger Sales Institute Regional Team Challenge.  K-State Sales Team finishes second place at Challenger Sales Institute Regional Team Challenge

UHP student Kristin Chaney was awarded a $1000 Swogger/McNair Scholarship by the Primary Text Certificate program, and UHP students Cody Skahan and Jillian Dunlay were among those who participated in the Live Ideas Spring Institute, sponsored by the Live Ideas Undergraduate Journal, and received $250 scholarship for their participation! Students receive Live Ideas Spring Institute and Swogger/McNair Scholarships   

Caitlin Snyder, sophomore and pre-veterinary option of K-State's animal sciences and industry major is one of the university's latest recipients of the Gilman scholarship! Snyder will use her scholarship to work with Loop Abroad and will work with the organization in South Africa studying the anatomy, behavior and conservation of big cats! K-State Gilman Scholarship News.

Fall 2020 UHP Student Achievements

Check out this story in the Topeka Capital-Journal, written by UHP alum, Rafael Garcia, and featuring current UHP student, Lucy Fischer. The public health generation -- COVID-19 is driving Kansas students to careers in medicine

UHP student, Cadence Ciesielski, has been named Student Member of the Year by the Center for Student Involvement for her work with Pre-Law Ambassadors.  2020 Student Organization Awards recipients announced.

Congratulations to UHP Students Gabriela Shipman, Kourtney Rumback, Sara Blunk and Travis Hodge for earning OURCI research grants in support of their scholarly activities this semester. Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry issues fall 2020 research and travel grants.

Tori Mitchell, December 2020 UHP graduate, has been recognized as one of five Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award winners by the College of Education. College of Education celebrates outstanding undergraduates for leadership and excellence

Tyler Tripp, graduate student in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design has been awarded the Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship. AP Design students earn Eisenhower Transportation Graduate Fellowship.

Annabelle Burtnett, Kristin Chaney and Jacob Rico-Martinez all presented their summer research projects for McNair Scholars. The McNair Scholars & UHP Students from K-State presented their summer research projects September 26th, 2020 at the virtual MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference. McNair Heartland Research Conference.

Alissa Rehmert and Cade Ciesielski, two UHP students are K-State's primary texts certificate program chosen recipients of the Swogger Scholarship for summer and fall 2020. Both students received a $1,000 scholarship for research and course work in primary texts. Summer and fall 2020 Swogger Scholarship recipients

Spring 2020 UHP Student Achievements

Michael Dowd, Animal Science, and Nathan Williams, Food Science, have been selected as Cargill Global Scholars for 2020-21, two of only 10 students selected nationally.  Students from Olathe and Wamego named Cargill Global Scholars

Sara Gammon, Spring 2020 graduate in Agricultural Economics and Food Systems Leadership, has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship for 2020-21.  The funding will help support a year of graduate study at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.  Food systems researcher, scholar and advocate is newest Phi Kappa Phi fellow

Natalie Wolf, Spring 2020 graduate in English and Spanish, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to teach English in Peru in 2021.  Two students recognized by Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Jackson Berland and Kate Brull have been recognized as Honorable Mention and Grand Prize winner respectively in the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award competition, sponsored by Hale Library. Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award winners selected.

Eunice Lalunio, Spring 2020 Honors graduate, is mentioned for her anthropological field work in this April 2nd story in the New York Times: Skull Fossils in Cave Show Mix of Human Relatives Roamed South Africa

Alissa Rehmert, UHP student in English, has been awarded a Swogger Scholarship for Fall 2020 in conjunction with her involvement with the Primary Text Certificate. 2020 Swogger Scholarship recipients announced.

Kathleen Andrews of Lenexa, KS, Katie Buhler of Pratt, KS, and Hannah Patterson of Merriam, KS have been recognized by the College of Education with Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards for 2020. Katie Buhler was also recognized as a Kansas State Department of Education Teacher of Promise.  College of Education honors eight students for excellence.

Congratulations to all the residents of the Honors House for being named 2020 Community of the Year! Congratulations are also due to a number of individuals that were recognized from the Honors House. Steph Lowe was named advisor of the year for her work with the Honors House. Nathan Dowell was named Community Assistant of the Year. Andrew Booze was recognized as Student of the Year. Sarah Spond was also a nominee for First-Year Experience award. Alesha Bergner, Cade Ciesielski and Kourtney Rumback were also nominees for the Outstanding Service Award.  2020 National Residence Hall Honorary awards.

Multiple UHP students were recognized with Staley School of Leadership Studies awards: 

  • Katie Buhler, Pratt, Kansas was awarded The Nonprofit Leadership Outstanding Graduating Senior award. 
  • Abby Molzer, Lenexa, Kansas was awarded The Pat. J. Bosco Leadership Studies Outstanding Graduating Senior award.
  • Hannah Sutherland, Lenexa, Kansas was awarded The Pat. J. Bosco Leadership Studies Outstanding Graduating Senior award.


Emi Hayashi, senior in Kinesiology, has been named a 2020 Undergraduate Scholar by the American Kinesiology Association.  Kinesiology students recognized by American Kinesiology Association with annual awards.  

Sean Cranford, junior in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics, has been awarded a prestigious SMART Scholarship. The award will fund his senior year and provide an internship and employment at a DoD research facility.  Sean will affiliate with the Space Vehicles Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base. Department of Defense names mechanical engineering and math student a SMART scholar.

Scholarly achievment!  Five UHP students have been published in the April 2020 issue of Live Ideas: Maria Apel, Lindsey Bergner, Natalie Clark, Alissa Rehmert, and Anna Richardson.  You can check out their work online now at Live Ideas.    

Stacia Mendoza, freshman in Business Administration, has earned a national second-place finish in the Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) National Speakers Competition. PSE is a national fraternity for men and women in Sales, Marketing and Management. K-State chapter is finalist for most improved; freshman student earns second in national competition.

Congratulations to six UHP students have been recognized among the recipients of the Division of Biology's 2019-20 Most Promising Student award: Ryan Donnelly, Elise Hesseltine, Kale Mills, Kourtney Rumback, Elizabeth Riforgiate, and Lake WinterDivision of Biology names most promising students.

Natalie Wolf, senior in English and Spanish, has been named an alternate to Peru in the Fulbright U.S. Student Grant competition.  If advanced to finalist status, she will spend an academic year working as an English Teaching Assistant beginning in January 2021.  Two students recognized by Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Nathan Dowell, senior in History, has been named as a member of the AFA-NIET (American Forensics Association-National Individual Events Tournament) 2020 All-American Team for his success as a member of the K-State Speech Team. National honors for Lowe, Dowell cap successful year for K-State Speech.

Congratulations to Lindsey Bergner, who has won first place for "Farrow to Finish" in the Live Ideas 2020 Contest.  She earns a cash prize and a spot in the April 2020 edition of Live Ideas.

UHP Student in the News: Kourtney Rumback travels to U.S. pandemic epicenter to provide healthcare support. 

Sara Gammon, Drexel, Missouri, senior in agriculture economics and global food systems leadership, has received the 2020 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. Kansas State University's 36th Truman Scholar. 

Katie Buhler, student coordinator for the Staley School of Leadership Studies, has been selected as the 2020 winner of the Kyle Pelton Student Employee of the Year Award.

Tori Mitchell, secondary education–social studies, received the Bruce and Diana Goeden Scholarship for $1,000.  College of Education major selected as KNEA-AE president.

Blue Key Scholarship & Award Recipients:

  • Cameron Jones, junior in professional strategic selling, Greater Kansas City Area, Neal Atkinson Junior Leadership Scholarship
  • Anastacia Mendoza, sophomore in business administration, Greater Kansas City Area, Bernard Franklin Opportunity Scholarship
  • Erin Hartegan, junior in industrial engineering, Olathe, Kansas, Chester E. Peters Student Development Award
  • Sierra Staatz, junior in chemical engineering and biological engineering, Tonganoxie, Kansas, Neal Atkinson Junior Leadership Scholarship
  • Cadence Ciesielski, junior in philosophy and Spanish, Valley Center, Kansas, Neal Atkinson Junior Leadership Scholarship
  • Sarah Carr, junior in civil engineering, Hampshire, Illinois, Chester E. Peters Student Development Award
  • Maria Hazelbaker, junior in agronomy and global food systems leadership, Wentzville, Missouri, Robert Lewis Sophomore Leadership Award

Outstanding scholarship, leadership and service earn K-State students scholarships from Blue Key.                                                       

Blaine Fry, junior in Physics, Topeka, KS has received a 2020 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Fry is mentored by Chris Sorensen, Cortelyou-Rust University distinguished professor of physics, and is researching light scattering from fractal aggregates. His accomplishments and Goldwater Scholarship announcement.

Bri Womack, senior in Mass Communications Journalism, was one of two students to receive an Award of Excellence in the 2020 Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Arts Competition. Student broadcasters/podcasters honored in national and statewide awards.

The Anderson Senior Award, awarded through the K-State Alumni Association, recognizes graduating seniors for excellence academics, leadership, inspiration and service. The recipients include two Honors students this year:

  • Clara Wicoff, Iola, Kansas, bachelor's candidate in agricultural economics with a secondary major in global foods systems leadership, for academics.
  • Megan Briggs, Leavenworth, Kansas, bachelor's candidate in social work, for inspiration.

Katie Buhler, Pratt, Kansas, bachelor's candidate in elementary education has been recognized with the Tony Jurich Community Commitment and Leadership Award through the K-State Alumni Association.

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Student Highlight Archive

Honors students demonstrate their scholarship and leadership, both within the campus community and beyond, in many ways.  We are proud to offer here a curated list of some of those accomplishments over the past few years.