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Provost's University Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series

The mission of the Provost’s University Distinguished Scholar Lecture Series is to bring to campus scholars of high distinction who are also outstanding speakers of broad appeal to share their expertise with the K-State community. Such speakers typically will have achieved special recognition and prominence within their field. Diverse kinds of research, scholarship, and creative activity are invited, and nominations of individuals from all disciplines or areas of scholarship are encouraged. Preference will be given to nominations that will appeal to a broad audience including individuals outside of the speaker’s own disciplinary field. Nominators are strongly encouraged, but not required, to arrange for two presentations by the proposed speaker, one tailored to the broadest possible campus-wide audience, with the other bring a more technical or discipline-specific presentation. Nominations should clearly specific how the individual’s visit will enrich the intellectual and creative life of the campus, e.g. integration of the speaker’s scholarship into planned courses, particular opportunities for students or faculty to interact with the guest, etc. Speakers are chosen by the University Distinguished Professors and the series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Specific information about each lecture and speaker is included below. Presentations will be aired over cable channel 8 and video recordings will be available on line.

Lecture Series Suspended for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Speaker Nomination Form (Word)

2015-2016 Lectures

Carl E. Wieman, Nobel Laureate in Physics, 2001
Taking a Scientific Approach to Science and Engineering Education
4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 17, in Cardwell Hall, Room 103.

2014-2015 Lectures

Dr. Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, 2013
How Cells Export Proteins