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Chapman Scholarship recipients benefit from summer research, hands-on experience

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017


MANHATTAN — From international locations such as Nepal, Peru and Zambia, to domestic places like Minnesota and Washington, D.C., five Kansas State University Mark Chapman Scholarship recipients gained valuable experience over the summer in diverse fields.

Recipients include Jakob Hanschu, junior in anthropology and geography, Hillsboro; Kristan Crawford, junior in theatre and international studies, Hugoton; Macy Davis, junior in English, Scott City; Nicholas Bouzianis, junior in nutritional sciences, life sciences and pre-medicine, Tecumseh; and Kennedy Hackerott, sophomore in anthropology, Wichita.

The Chapman Scholars Program gives five awards of $5,000 to outstanding first- and second-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue summer opportunities in support of their educational and career goals. Scholars use $3,000 of the award to fund summer activities related to their career aspirations and the remaining funding for the following academic year.

"I am always impressed by the great initiative that our Chapman Scholars show in finding or, in many cases, actually creating incredible summer opportunities," said Jim Hohenbary, director of Kansas State University's Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships and coordinator for the Mark Chapman Scholars Program. "I hope they inspire others to plan ahead and seek out meaningful and ambitious summer experiences as well."

Hanschu participated in the Sondor Bioarchaeological Field School in the Andahuaylas Province of Peru where he gained firsthand experience in excavation at the Sondor archaeological site. Hanschu also has pursued research experience at Kansas State University and presented his results, "Spatial Patterning of Burial Mounds in Northeastern Kansas" and "Assessing Integrity of Burial Features: A Kansas Case Study," at professional conferences. He is the recipient of a Putnam Scholarship, Kassebaum Scholarship, College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Travel Award and Undergraduate Research Award, Peru-Sondor Field School Scholarship, Patricia J. O'Brien Scholarship in Archaeology, and the Harriet and Martin Ottenheimer Central States Anthropological Society Award. Hanschu also serves as vice president of the Kansas State University Anthropology Club. A graduate of Hillsboro High School, he is the son of Jan and Jayson Hanschu.

Crawford was an intern at the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and volunteered at the Guthrie Theater, both in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she gained knowledge of many different aspects of professional theatre. She is the recipient of a K-State Foundation Plus Scholarship, Vincent and Jamey Stonestreet Scholarship, Freshman Education Abroad Scholarship and the Goss Discovery Scholarship. Crawford also is a member of the University Honors Program, the Kansas State Theater Organization, La Société Française and International Buddies student group. In addition, she is an English tutor for student-athletes. A graduate of Hugoton High School, she is the daughter of Mark and Keri Crawford, Laramie, Wyoming.

Davis interned at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center in Washington, D.C., where she gained experience working in a library, assisted with special events and learned about the inner workings of the world's largest library. She is president of Alpha of Clovia 4-H Cooperative Leadership House and is active with the university's Speech Unlimited, Children's and Adolescent Literature Community, English Ambassadors, Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and Collegiate 4-H. She also is a fall 2017 Chapman Center for Rural Studies intern. Davis received a Kassebaum Scholarship, K-State Foundation Plus Scholarship and Patti Johnson Wilson Foundation Scholarship. A graduate of Scott Community High School, she is the daughter of Mark and Stacy Davis.

Bouzianis interned in Zambia with Safe Motherhood 360+, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development working to reduce maternal and child mortality. Bouzianis helped the project's team conduct monitoring and evaluation by traveling to rural health facilities to collect relevant health data, which was used to assess the efficacy of the project itself. Bouzianis is vice president of RESULTS K-State and was an advocate for the procurement of a food pantry at Kansas State University. He is the recipient of a Mortar Board Outstanding Student Scholarship, the Delta Sigma Phi McKee Scholarship and the Stormont Vail Hospital Maynard Oliverius Youth Leadership in Health Care Scholarship. Bouzianis is currently studying how poverty affects the nutritional quality of school lunch programs in western Kenya. A graduate of Shawnee Heights High School, he is the son of Paul and Jeanette Bouzianis.

Hackerott traveled to Nepal to research stunting as a result of malnutrition. She spent two months taking measurements of preschoolers, conducting interviews and participating in Nepali culture to better understand the relationship between culture, socioeconomic status and nutrition. She is a member of Kansas State University's chapter of the Food Recovery Network and RESULTS K-State. Hackerott also serves as a teaching assistant for the university's Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course. A graduate of Goddard High School, she is the daughter of Kevin and Kendall Hackerott.

The Chapman Scholars Program was created in 2008 by Mark Chapman, a Clay Center native who graduated from Kansas State University in 1965 with a dual bachelor's degree in history and political science. While at the university, he lettered in football, track and softball, and was a member of Army ROTC and Acacia fraternity. Chapman later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas. He was a successful entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry, and also was a painter, poet and supporter of the arts.

For more information about the Chapman Scholars program, contact Hohenbary at jimlth@k-state.edu or visit artsci.k-state.edu/student-resources/opportunities/chapmanscholars.html.


Jim Hohenbary


Mark Chapman Scholars Program

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