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Developing Scholars


The mission of the Developing Scholars Program is to:

  • increase the number of intellectually curious first generation college students of any background and students of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education who choose KSU.
  • improve retention of such students by matching students with faculty mentors for the purpose of providing early opportunities for scholarly research.
  • guide more of such students toward graduate or professional school.
  • provide a more diverse community of workers for the twenty-first century.



The goals of the Developing Scholars Program include:

  • Identify, recruit, motivate, and enable more first generation college students of any background and students of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education to obtain a Bachelor's degree from Kansas State University
  • Increase K-State faculty involvement and understanding of the needs and richness of diverse perspectives that such students bring to the university environment
  • Improve academic success and create opportunity for such students at Kansas State University
  • Foster development of a community of student researchers by providing educational enrichment activities and ways for students to interact, network, socialize, and collaborate with each other and with the larger academic community
  • Nurture a strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, community problem-solving, and enjoyment in the act of learning
  • Continue to improve the retention and graduation rates of such populations at Kansas State University
  • Increase the numbers of such students who transfer to Kansas State University from community colleges and who graduate
  • Establish a "pathway of progress" to provide opportunities for such students to pursue diverse academic interests and to enter graduate programs, professional schools, or to find placement in their professional fields upon graduation
  • Provide opportunities for faculty to interact with students from diverse cultural backgrounds who can bring fresh perspectives to the research environment
  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of participation in the Developing Scholars Program for faculty and students
  • Share with other institutions of higher learning what is learned

Developing Scholars Program Vision Statement

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Scholar Spotlight

Marta Stetsiv

Marta Stetsiv is a DSP scholar majoring in Biochemistry. Stetsiv was one of 33 students selected to participate in the Johnson Cancer Research Center mentoring and awards program. Stesiv dissects fruit flies and analyzes the protein in their muscles, then creates graphs filled with complex data from what she discovers. Marta's mission is to become a doctor and find a cure for cancer. Stetsiv's research mentor is Dr. Erika Geisbrecht, Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics. Read more from this featured article in the Shawnee Dispatch News

Alumni Spotlight


Navanté Peacock (Haysville, KS) graduated in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Anthropology and a minor in Japanese. While at K-State, Peacock was an Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leader, Undergraduate Research Ambassador, and an esteemed undergraduate researcher in the lab of Dr. Don Saucier, Psychology. He presented his research at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Topeka, KS, and at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology national conference where he received the Undergraduate Student Poster Award. He also received several distinguished awards for his research through the Department of Psychology. Peacock was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, received the highly prestigious K-State Award for Distinguished Undergraduate in Research, and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He will begin a Ph.D. program in Social Psychology this fall 2017 at the University of Kansas.