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Due to K-State's limited operations in response to COVID-19, DSP staff will be available remotely.

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Office staff are still available to answer questions related to the Developing Scholar Program. We can be reached at breneek@ksu.edu or at 785-532-5385.

DSP Research Symposium

The 20th Annual Research Symposium scheduled for April 5, 2020 has been cancelled. This includes the luncheon and awards ceremony. We are discussing alternative ways to celebrate the accomplishments of our DSP students.

DSP One-on-one meetings

Students within the DSP program should regularly check their emails about next steps.

Lead 502- DSP seminar

First year DSP students should refer to the corresponding Canvas course for class updates. Questions can be directed to Dr. King at breneek@ksu.edu or through Canvas.

Celebrating 20 years of Undergraduate Research!   

2019-2020 DSP grou

2018-2019 Developing Scholars Awards:

The following awards were presented to DSP students at the 19th Annual Developing Scholars Research Symposium:

  • Pay it Forward Alumni Awards: Jared Medina  (Mechanical Engineering), Leonardo Garrido  (Electrical Engineering)
  • Frank Cortez Memorial Award: Citlally Orozco  (Political Science)
  • Diligence Award: Gina Reyes  (Nutritional Sciences)
  • Promise Awards: Diana Najera  (Biochemistry), Kierra Holloman (Biochemistry), Dallas Rice (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Above & Beyond Award: Bradley Richards (Economics)
  • James R. Coffman Awards of Excellence
    • First year: Nhicolas Aponte (Mechanical Engineering)
    • First year honorable mention: Laura Soto  (Biology)
    • Second year: Derrius Washington (Business Administration)
    • Second year honorable mention: Sonia Barrett (Chemistry)
    • Third year: Olivet Martinez (Biology)
    • Third year honorable mention: Lindsay Chassay  (Psychological Sciences)
  • Eyes on the Prize Award: Ayana Belk (Landscape Architecture)
  • Eclipse Award: David Coria (Mathematics and Physics)
  • Exemplary Scholar Award: Carlos Aguirre  (Computer Science)
  • Anita Cortez Award: Marta Stetsiv   (Biochemistry)

Thank you to everyone who attended our 19th Annual Research Poster Symposium!


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Scholar Spotlight


Jaasiel Duarte is a junior from Kansas City, Kansas majoring in Architecture. He is an undergraduate researcher under the mentorship of department head of Interior Architecture and Product Design, Nathan Howe. Duarte and Howe have been working on a typology research project, trying to discover and define the elements that architects have been applying throughout history. Why do architects do what they do in a certain way? What patterns do they use and how can we describe them? How did architecture get to this point? Duarte is looking to answer these questions. “Being on the forefront of something new is scary,” Duarte says. “It’s uncomfortable but that’s what pushes us to a new discovery.” The effects of his research can spur new conversations, new meanings, and new ideas that have not yet been explored in the world of architecture.

Duarte acknowledges that doing research as an undergraduate student has been an indispensable experience. He encourages other students to get involved in research and give oneself the opportunity to think outside the box. Students can only gain knowledge and networking experience by getting involved – it’s for anybody and everybody who is ready to put in the work.

In Fall 2017, Duarte was chosen to represent his Architecture Design Studio class in the College of Architecture's annual Bowman Design Forum. He placed third in the competition, receiving a $500 scholarship.