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Graduate Students earn scholarships at campus wide research forum

Scholarships were on the line as 140 graduate students presented their research and scholarly work in the annual graduate student research forum, K-State Graduate Research, Arts and Discovery, or GRAD Forum, formally known as K-State Research Forum, March 30 in the Engineering Complex.

Winners received scholarships of $500 for first place, $250 for second place and $125 for third place.

The GRAD Forum provided graduate students from all disciplines an opportunity to share their work with the K-State community and to gain experience presenting their work in a professional setting. The forum included oral presentations and poster presentations from research topics including engineering, social sciences, humanities, education, agricultural sciences, math, physical sciences, biological sciences and interdisciplinary research. To see the event’s schedule, visit the Graduate School website.

“The new title of the forum, the K-State Graduate Research, Art and Discovery Form, reflects the diversity of the type of scholarly activities that our graduate students are engaged and provided all graduate students the opportunity to share their scholarly work with the K-State community,” said Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School.

“Events such as K-State Grad Forum provide our students an excellent opportunity to practice their communication skills while informing their peers and others at K-State about their scholarly work,” Shanklin said.

University faculty judges selected the top presenters in each session. An awards ceremony included a special presentation from Matt Garcia, assistant professor of art; and April Bojorquez, instructor of American ethnic studies and assistant curator at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, about their interdisciplinary research.

The forum is sponsored by the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Council, and the offices of the president and provost.

2016 K-State GRAD Forum winners:


Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Oral 1:
• First place — Jacob Lamb, doctoral student in electrical engineering
• Second place — Jan Sebek, doctoral student in electrical engineering

Engineering/Math/Physical Sciences Poster 2:

• Second place — Akanksha Singh, doctoral student in electrical engineering