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Developing Scholars

For Scholars

As a Developing Scholar, you should:
  • Work on the research project six to ten hours weekly and meet with your research mentor regularly
  • Participate in the first-year research seminar
  • Attend monthly group meetings
  • Participate in annual poster symposium
  • Uphold DSP’s high standards of academics and integrity









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Alumna Spotlight

Yubisela Toledo (Liberal, KS) graduated in 2017 with a B.S.in Biology/Pre-Optometry and a minor in Leadership Studies.  Yubi was a first-generation college student, the daughter of immigrant parents, and the first in her family to go to college.  Yubi dreamed of becoming an optometrist one day.  Despite the obstacles, Yubi turned her initial struggles into successes. In her four years at K-State, she was, through Developing Scholars, a highly valued cancer researcher in the Stefan Bossmann lab, recipient of the prestigious Edgerley-Franklin Urban Leadership Scholarship, the Garmon Award for Social Justice, a Cancer Research Award, the Commerce Bank Presidential Award for Distinguished Service to Historically Underrepresented Students (acceptance speech video above), an Outstanding Graduating Senior Award, and a Graduating Multicultural Student Award. Yubi presented her cancer research at the annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, the American Chemical Society Midwest Regional Meetings, Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, and more.  She also presented on urban leadership at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education. Yubi also served as a Resident Assistant at K-State in the Jardine Apartment community. After optometry school, Yubi hopes to be involved in non-profit organizations and perhaps consider political activism as well.