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Graduate School

Author: Megan Miller

Continuing Graduate Student Success during COVID-19

In the last six months, social distancing, wearing facial masks, and Zoom meetings have become our new normal. Through the significant changes that occurred when K-State quickly transitioned to online classes and remote operations in March, facilitating graduate student success has remained the mission of the Graduate School. Continue reading “Continuing Graduate Student Success during COVID-19”

Celebrating Graduate Student Achievements

K-State graduate students make significant contributions to teaching, research, and scholarship. Many also are highly engaged in leadership and service that support the K-State community, Manhattan and surrounding communities, and the state. Graduate student contributions and accomplishments are recognized with several university-wide awards. Continue reading “Celebrating Graduate Student Achievements”

Alumni Gift Makes a Difference

The Graduate School has been honored to coordinate the Alvin and RosaLee Sarachek Predoctoral Honors Fellowship and Travel Awards in Molecular Biology for over 15 years. The fellowship and travel awards are possible through generous annual expendable gifts to the K-State Foundation by the late Alvin Sarachek and his wife RosaLee who resides in Wichita.

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Dean’s Message

Dean, Carol ShanklinAs I reflect back on spring semester, I am excited about the various opportunities the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Council (GSC), and our Colleges provided our graduate students. The activities and events offered our graduate students opportunities to share their scholarly research, to recognize them for their academic and leadership accomplishments, and to express our appreciation for their contribution to teaching, research, and service/outreach.

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Dean’s Message

As we begin the spring semester, we reflect back to the success of our students who graduated in December and welcome the new graduate students. This issue of the newsletter features stories about graduation celebrations both on the Manhattan campus and at Ft. Leavenworth and highlights awards presented to outstanding faculty at commencement. We are proud of the achievements of our graduates and extend them congratulations and best wishes for continued success in their future.

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Alumni Reunion for classes of 1965 and 1990

The Kansas State University Graduate School looks forward to celebrateing the 50th year reunion of the class of 1965 and the 25th year reunion of the class of 1990.  Masters and doctoral graduates from these classes have been invited to attend a two-day celebration at the K-State Manhattan campus on April 16 and 17, 2015.  The reunion will include a variety of tours and opportunities to interact with faculty and students to reminisce about the past, see what is currently happening at K-State, and learn about future plans for the university.

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Faculty awarded for outstanding research and teaching

Uwe Thumm, professor of physics, and Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology, were recognized as Distinguished Graduate Faculty members during the Fall 2014 Graduate School commencement ceremony. The award honors faculty members who are recognized nationally and internationally for their excellence in scholarship, research, and teaching at the graduate level.

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Highlights of Fall 2014 Commencement

Ecuadorian dignitaries - Fall 2014 commencement
Ecuadorian dignitaries Monica Del Pilar Palacios Bernal, Geannine Claudé Alvarado Romero, and Vanessa Lucia Calvas Chávez, pictured with Debbie Mercer, College of Education Dean, attend Fall commencement.

The Kansas State University Graduate School awarded approximately 194 master’s degrees and 74 doctoral degrees at the commencement ceremony held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 in Bramlage Coliseum.  The ceremony also included the awarding of an honorary doctorate and recognition of graduate faculty members receiving awards for their contributions to research and education.

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Celebrating the Success of Those Who Serve

Kansas State University has an extensive tradition of serving those who serve to include officers attending the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) at Fort Leavenworth.  Future Army leaders are selected to attend CGSC, many of whom pursue their graduate degrees from an on-post master’s degree provider.  Since 1998 over a 1000 CGSC attendees have completed K-State degrees on post.  In December, the Graduate School honored and celebrated the upcoming graduation of 23 master’s degree graduates and 2 doctoral students from our Fort Leavenworth graduate programs in adult, occupational and continuing education, history and security studies.

Fall 2014 graduates at Fort Leavenworth


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