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K-State Today

November 19, 2015

Area students participate in Consider Graduate School Day

Submitted by Bethany Swinney

More than 20 students from K-State and seven other universities or colleges in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri participated in the Consider Graduate School Day workshop Saturday, Nov. 7, at K-State. The event was organized as part of the National Science Foundation award CIF-1423411, "Spreading Processes over Multilayer and Interconnected Networks," led by Caterina Scoglio and Faryad Darabi Sahneh, electrical and computer engineering professors.

The workshop provided an opportunity for current junior and senior undergraduate students who are considering pursuing a graduate degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics, or STEM, field, to learn how to pick the right school, make a successful application and succeed upon arrival.

Beth Montelone, associate dean for research in the College of Arts & Sciences; Nathan Albin, assistant professor of mathematics; Stacey Kulesza, assistant professor in civil engineering; and Bala Natarajan, professor of electrical engineering, all made presentations. Students also toured labs in the electrical engineering, biological and agricultural engineering, and physics departments. The workshop culminated with an active Q-and-A session with current graduate students.

"It was great to see the interest of the participants, and to encourage them to follow their passion for research and academic activities," Scoglio said.

"Events like this promote K-State as a graduate school destination for regional students and will help us move toward our goals of K-State 2025," said Noel Schulz, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering.

Besides K-State, students attended from Hastings College, Hastings, Nebraska; Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Missouri; Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska; University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska; University of Missouri, Kansas City, Missouri; University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas; and Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas.

The workshop was organized with the help of the Office of Engineering Research and Graduate Programs, and lunch was provided by the Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering, or KAWSE.