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March 3, 2023

Support K-State students featured in Kansas Undergraduate Research Days

Submitted by Office of Undergradute Research and Creative Inquiry

The Kansas Undergraduate Research Days event will be wrapping up today, March 3. Members of the public are invited to participate in this prestigious event and support the five featured K-State students.

Undergraduate students from each Kansas Board of Regents four-year public university are working on approximately 30 different projects that will be presented online. The students' posters and accompanying student videos describing their research projects will be featured on the website. Visitors can post questions or comments for the student presenters.

"We are excited for this opportunity to highlight and celebrate not only our K-State students but undergraduate research students from across the state," said Brenee King, director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry.

The event is intended to raise awareness of research being conducted by undergraduate students and to highlight the transformational educational opportunities available to students at each participating university. The 2023 sponsor of this free and virtual event is the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College at Wichita State University.

The following Kansas State University students will present their work at the Undergraduate Research Day event:

Hursen Adjovi, junior in computer science and computer engineering from Olathe, KS, mentored by William Hsu, professor of computer science, will present “Biometric Property of Muzzle in Deep Neural Network-based Cattle Identification.”

Eden Brockman, senior in journalism and mass communication from Overland Park, KS, mentored by Andrew Smith, professor of practice, will present “Political Polarization Among Generation Z in Kansas.”

Kian Fogarty, sophomore in biology from Olathe, KS, mentored by Loretta Johnson, professor of biology, will present “Do ecotypes of big bluestem grass grow better when matched with their local soil microbes?”

Chanae Parker, senior in animal science and industry from Manhattan, KS, mentored by Morgan Zumbaugh, assistant professor of animal science and industry, will present “Understanding Skeletal Muscle Metabolism as a Means to Improve Livestock Feed Efficiency.”

Susie Wilkinson, recent psychological sciences graduate from Columbia, MO, mentored by Laura Brannon, professor of psychological sciences, will present “Defendant Counterclaim Importance in the Perceptions of Judges IPV Rulings.”

The students' projects showcase the interdisciplinary research that undergraduate students can engage in during their time at Kansas State University.