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Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol features five students from Kansas State University

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018


MANHATTAN — Five undergraduate researchers from Kansas State University will get the chance to share their work with state lawmakers and the public at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. The annual event will be 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the first-floor rotunda of the State Capitol in Topeka.

The five students are sponsored by Kansas State University's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol showcases the research being conducted by students at the Kansas' four-year institutions. This year, around 40 undergraduate student projects will be presented. This event is free and open to the public.

"Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol allows a representative group of undergraduates from across the state to showcase their contributions to the discovery of new knowledge," said Anita Cortez, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "It is also an opportunity for our state legislators to engage with our undergraduate scholars. Our institutions of higher learning continue to meet the challenges to 'develop a highly skilled and educated citizenry necessary to advancing the well-being of Kansas, the nation, and the international community,' as Kansas State University's mission statement so aptly states."

The following Kansas State University students will present their work at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol: 

• Jakob Hanschu, junior in anthropology and geography, Hillsboro, who will present "Quantifying the Qualitative: Locating Burial Mounds in North-Central Kansas." Hanschu's faculty mentor is Lauren Ritterbush, professor of archeology.

• Anna Dykeman, senior in biochemistry, Manhattan, who will present "Fatty Acid, Phospholipid and Sterol Composition of Salt Cedar (Tamarix spp.) Roots." Dykeman's faculty mentor is Lawrence Davis, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics.

• Maria Fernanda De La Torre, senior in computer science and mathematics, Manhattan, who will present "Faster Annotation Interfaces for Learning to Filter in Information Extraction and Search." De La Torre's faculty mentor is William Hsu, professor of computer science.

• Jazmine Snow, senior in microbiology, Olathe, who will present "Translesion Synthesis Protein Abundance in Proliferating Cells." Snow's faculty mentor is Nicholas A. Wallace, assistant professor of biology.

• Katelyn Thomson, senior in animal sciences and industry, Riley, who will present "Evaluation of Medium Chain Fatty Acids as a Dietary Additive in Nursery Pig Diets." Thomson's faculty mentor is Cassandra Jones, associate professor of animal sciences and industry.


Anita Cortez


Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

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