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

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019


MANHATTAN — Five undergraduate researchers will represent Kansas State University at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the State Capitol in Topeka. The students, sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry, will present their projects on the first-floor rotunda.

Undergraduate Research Day showcases the research being conducted by students at Kansas' four-year institutions and allows legislators to engage with the approximately 40 undergraduate scholars. The event is free and open to the public.

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

• Melissa Donlon, senior in fine arts, Manhattan, who will present "Transforming Printmaking through Chemical Innovation." Donlon's faculty mentor is Jason Scuilla, professor of art and area coordinator of printmaking and drawing, in collaboration with Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry.

• Scott Millar, senior in family studies and human services, Manhattan, who will present "Evaluating the Efficacy of Veteran Couples Retreats on Veterans and their Caregivers." Millar's faculty mentor is Briana Nelson Goff, professor of family studies and human services.

• Cheyenne White, December 2018 bachelor's graduate in English, Silver Lake, who will present "Display/ced Ad Astra: Public Memory and the Kanza Indian on the Cupola." White's faculty mentor is Steffi Dippold, assistant professor of English.

• Analicia Swanson, senior in animal sciences and industry, Elmore, Minnesota, who will present "Effects of increasing duration of feeding high dietary lysine and energy prior to farrowing on colostrum quality and yield." Swanson's faculty mentor is Jason Woodworth, research associate professor of animal sciences and industry.

• Ayana Belk, sophomore in landscape architecture, Kansas City, Missouri, who will present "Reviving Troost: Using Phytotechnology to Decontaminate Troost Avenue's Vacant Lots." Belk's faculty mentor is Anne Beamish, associate professor of landscape architecture and regional & community planning.

"We are proud of the undergraduate research and creative inquiry happening at Kansas State University," said Tanya González, interim faculty director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "The breadth and scope of the scholarly activity at K-State can never be fully represented, but this group showcases how students from a variety of colleges are engaged in transformative and interdisciplinary research and creative activity. We look forward to many more opportunities to celebrate the excellent undergraduate research at Kansas State University."


Tess Hobson


Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry

News tip

Manhattan and Silver Lake, Kansas; Elmore, Minnesota; and Kansas City, Missouri.