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Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry grants help students advance undergraduate research work

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 

MANHATTAN — Seventeen Kansas State University students are receiving research and travel grants for their undergraduate research from the university's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

"Undergraduate student research is a highly beneficial aspect of the educational experience in preparation for students' next steps, whether that be graduate or professional school or entering their industry," said Anita Cortez, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "Undergraduate research also is a key component of Kansas State University's visionary 2025 plan to be Top 50 public research university."

Undergraduate Research Award grants provide funding for students to work under the guidance of a faculty research mentor. They get the opportunity to network with other researchers, make contributions to their research field, and present, perform or exhibit their work publicly.

Undergraduate Travel Award grant recipients will be reimbursed for travel cost associated with their research, such as to attend or present at a conference.

The following students have received an Undergraduate Research Award or Travel Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry:

From Greater Kansas City: Margaret Spangler, senior in biological systems engineering, Overland Park, Undergraduate Research Award; Sydney Edmisten, junior in psychology and pre-medicine, Prairie Village, Undergraduate Research Award; and Rachel Nyhart, senior in anthropology and English, Undergraduate Travel Award, and Jamie Teixeira, senior in English and journalism, Undergraduate Travel Award, both from Shawnee.

Katharine Bossmann, senior in fine arts, Undergraduate Travel Award, and Patrick Kenney, junior in philosophy and political science, Undergraduate Research Award, both from Manhattan; James Houghton, senior in biochemistry and pre-medicine, McPherson, Undergraduate Research Award; Cheyenne Becker, senior in kinesiology, Pratt, Undergraduate Research Award; Kirstyn Norris, junior in music performance, Riley, Undergraduate Research Award; and Rebecca Kaye, senior in political science, Topeka, Undergraduate Research Award.

From out of state: Jesseca Pirkle, sophomore in biology, Arenzville, Illinois, Undergraduate Research Award; Baylee Porter, junior in psychology, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Undergraduate Research and Travel awards; Hayley Holt, junior in biology, Country Club, Missouri, Undergraduate Research Award; and Elizabeth Stietzle, senior in animal science, Shoreham, New York, Undergraduate Research Award.

From China: Youwei Yang, senior in agricultural economics, Undergraduate Research Award; and Yichao Zhang, senior in chemical engineering, Undergraduate Research Award.

Applications for the spring travel and research grants from Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry are due Nov. 2. To receive feedback on a pre-proposal prior to the deadline, participate in SPARK Tank by submitting before Sept. 30 to k-state.edu/undergradresearch/events/sparktank.html.

For more information on the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry, its Research or Travel grants and the grant application, visit k-state.edu/undergradresearch/.


Anita Cortez



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Manhattan, McPherson, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Pratt, Riley, Shawnee and Topeka, Kansas; Arenzville and Arlington, Illinois; Country Club, Missouri; and Shoreham, New York.

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Darrah Tinkler

At a glance

Kansas State University's Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry has awarded its Undergraduate Research Award grants and Undergraduate Travel Award grants to 17 students.