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September 27: Loan Tang, senior in life science and pre-medicine,  is serving as one of 24 Gilman Alumni Ambassadors across the United States for the 2018-2019 academic year. Loan is the first K-State student to be selected to serve as an official representative of the U.S. Department of State's Gilman International Scholarship Program. Read the full release here.

Photo of Alex Wakim July 10: Alex Wakim, May 2018 Bachelor of Music graduate, has earned a 2018 Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship. Wakim is receiving a $5,000 fellowship from the national collegiate honor society to study film music with a concentration in music theatre at New York University. Read the full release here.

photo of Cheyanne Helms May 23: Cheyanne Helms, junior in anthropology and pre-medicine, is the third Kansas State University student to be awarded a Gilman International Scholarship for Summer 2018. Helms will travel to the Dominican Republic as a volunteer for Deportes Para La Vida, a summer camp for youth development and part of the DREAM Project. Read the full release here.

Photo of Jayden Meyer May 17: Jayden Meyer, sophomore in agricultural economics, is one of 10 U.S. students selected as a Cargill Global Scholar. The U.S. scholars join more than 60 scholars from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Russia. Meyer will receive annual scholarships for up to two years, attend a three-day leadership seminar with other U.S. scholars in Minneapolis in June, and attend Cargill's global leadership seminar with Cargill executives and scholars from around the world. In addition, a Cargill mentor will help him with his academic and professional goals. Read the full release here.

Photo of Alexander Fees May 10: Alexander Fees, a master's degree student in nutrition, dietetics and sensory science, is Kansas State University's newest Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipient. Fees will travel to Budapest, Hungary, to research the cardiovascular abnormalities and deficits that occur with aging in coronary circulation, in conjunction with faculty at Semmelweis University. Read the full release here.

April 19: Reid Erdwien, junior in physics and math; Gabrielle Phillips, junior in chemical engineering; and Alexa Wilden, sophomore in microbiology and pre-medicine; have received honorable mentions for the 2018 Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Read the full release here.

April 11: Adam Schieferecke, combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science student in biology; Kyle Apley, senior in chemistry; Benjamin Archibeque, senior in physics and psychology; and Priscila Guzman, doctoral student in biology; have been recognized as National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. Hannah Wilborn, senior in industrial engineering, and Nelson Walker, doctoral student in statistics, received honorable mentions. Two K-State alumni were also recognized. Muriel Eaton, a 2017 bachelor's degree graduate in biochemistry, received a fellowship and Michael Vega, a 2016 bachelor's degree graduate in geology and chemistry, received an honorable mention. Read the full release here.

Thomas Meek, Gilman International Scholar Crystal Miller, Gilman International Scholar March 15: Two K-State students have received the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad in Summer 2018. Thomas Meek, sophomore in personal financial planning, will take Spanish language classes with the Universidad Nacional de Coasta Rica, in Heredia, Costa Rica. Crystal Miller, senior in family science and human development, will volunteer for humanitarian aid work and teach English classes in Bangalore, India. Read the full release here.    

photo of Vaithish Velazhahan February 21: Vaithish Velazhahan, senior in microbiology, medical biochemistry and pre-medicine, is receiving the 2018 Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Velazhahan is one of 35 U.S. students to receive the 2018 scholarship established by Bill and Melinda Gates. Velazhahan will study with the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, or LMB, at Cambridge where he will research the structure of key membrane proteins, called G protein-coupled receptors, that help cells communicate with an organism's environment. Read the full release here.

January 18: Two APDesign students, Andrew Young and Rachel Foss, received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship for 2018. Both students are studying regional and community planning. Read the full release here.