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July 19, 2021

Final presentations for KS-LSAMP Summer Research Program take place July 29

Submitted by Brenee King

Students participating in the Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM, or RiPS, summer research program will present their final presentations from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 29, via Zoom. Those interested in attending can access the event via the Zoom link

RiPS is an eight-week summer research program coordinated by the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation, or KS-LSAMP. During the program, students work on research projects mentored by faculty members, graduate students and others. Students also attended weekly seminars organized by the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, or SUROP, which focus on topics related to graduate school and career/professional development. This summer, students were also invited to participate in a research communication series hosted by the McNair program. Students began their experience on June 1 and will complete the program on July 30.

Student and faculty participants:

Rosa Arroyo-Bocangra, Garden City Community College. Mentored by Heather Bailey, Department of Psychological Sciences.

Hugo Juarez Avalos, Donnelly College. Mentored by Matthew Kirk, Department of Geology.

Charlotte Ochs, Dodge City Community College. Mentored by Peter Sues, Department of Chemistry.

James Pak, K-State. Mentored by Jennifer Hanson, Department of Food Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.

Juliet Pakaly Her, Donnelly College. Mentored by Jocelyn McDonald, Division of Biology.

Elizabeth Turner, Donnelly College. Mentored by Sonny Lee, Division of Biology.

Victor Villa, Pima Community College. Mentored by Behzad Ghanbarian, Department of Geology.

Eric Yu, K-State. Mentored by William Hsu, Department of Computer Science.

KS-LSAMP is funded by the National Science Foundation. The alliance is comprised of Kansas State University — lead institution, Barton Community College, Dodge City Community College, Donnelly College, Garden City Community College, Seward County Community College and Wichita State University. These institutions work together to implement specialized activities for students at critical junctures in their careers such as high school to college and the transition from two-year to four-year institutions. The overall goal of KS-LSAMP is to double the number of underrepresented minority students graduating from Kansas State University and Wichita State University with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering or math, or STEM.

More information about KS-LSAMP can be found at k-state.edu/lsamp.