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23rd Annual DSP Symposium

The 23rd Annual DSP Symposium, held April 13, 2023, showcased research projects completed by students involved in the Developing Scholars Program (DSP). The K-State community was invited to stop by to speak with students, learn new information about their research, and grab some free food! The DSP Awards Reception also celebrated students' achievements. This event was open to everyone.

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Office staff are available to answer questions related to the Developing Scholar Program. We can be reached at ourci@ksu.edu or at 785-532-1097.

2022-2023 Developing Scholars Awards

The following students were selected for 2022-2023 DSP awards. For more information on each award, visit our Awards webpage.

Promise Award

  • Isaac Smith | Faculty mentor, Dr. Marianne Korten

Coffman Excellence in Research Awards

  • Elizabeth Gall | Faculty mentor, Dr. Won Min Park
  • Leslie Rodella | Faculty mentor, Dr. Won Min Park
  • Esmeralda Rico Martinez | Faculty mentor, Dr. Won Min Park

Pay it Forward

  • Juliette Nava Chavez | Faculty mentor, Dr. Robert DeLong
  • Teri Jacques | Faculty mentor, Dr. Erick Brandom

Frank Cortez Memorial Award

  • Citlali Real | Faculty mentor, Dr. Susmita Rishi

Above and Beyond Award

  • Fatima Vital-Caro | Faculty mentor, Dr. Thomas Mueller

Eyes on the Prize Award

  • Ruth Mekuria | Faculty mentor, Dr. Erika Geisbrecht

Rita G. Perez Exemplary Scholar Award

  • Loribeth Claro | Faculty mentor, Dr. Don Saucier

Anita Cortez Award

  • Loribeth Claro | Faculty mentor, Dr. Don Saucier

4.0 Awards

  • Loribeth Claro
  • Katherine Kunkel
  • Ruth Mekuria

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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.