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K-State students taking part in Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020


MANHATTAN — Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol will feature presentations by five undergraduate researchers from Kansas State University. The students are sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

The event will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, on the second floor of the State Capitol rotunda in Topeka. Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol showcases the research being conducted by students at Kansas' four-year institutions and allows legislators to engage with approximately 40 undergraduate scholars. It is free and open to the public.

"We are proud of all the undergraduate research and creative inquiry occurring at K-State," said Brenee King, assistant director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "Our group of student presenters represent several colleges at the university and highlight the interdisciplinary research that undergraduate students can engage with during their time on campus. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the excellent undergraduate research at Kansas State University."

The following K-State students will present their work at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol:

• Jerica Garcia, junior in kinesiology, Garden City, will present "Fun and Fit: Impact of a Brief Training Intervention on Children's Physical Activity During an Afterschool Program." Garcia is mentored by Emily Mailey, associate professor of kinesiology.

Cesar Aparicio, senior in chemistry, Manhattan, will present "Stimuli-Responsive Platinum(IV) Micelles for Programmed Drug Delivery." Aparico is mentored by Santosh Aryal, assistant professor of chemistry.

Leonardo Garrido, senior in electrical engineering, Manhattan, will present "Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Navigation." Garrido is mentored by William Hsu, professor of computer science.

Abigail Kamke, sophomore in microbiology, Wichita, will present "Rhizobiome Diversity and Its Impact on Drought Resistance in Andropogon gerardii." Kamke ismentored by Sonny T.M. Lee, assistant professor of biology.

Olivia Harrison, senior in animal sciences and industry, Saybrook, Illinois, will present "Use of environmental monitoring to inform biosecurity compliance in a swine health challenge." Harrison is mentored by Cassandra Jones, associate professor of animal sciences and industry.



Brenee King

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Garden City, Manhattan and Wichita, Kansas; and Saybrook, Illinois.


Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry