Kansas State University


Graduate School

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Success is sweet for alumnus

Charlie Hall with his world-famous Crimson Sweet watermelon.

The accomplishments of Kansas State University alumni can be found all around the world—Herbert Diamond invented the snooze button alarm clock, Eugene Rasmusson discovered the El Niño weather cycle and Charlie Hall developed one of the most popular watermelon varieties in the world.

Hall ’60 developed the Crimson Sweet watermelon, which is grown in more than 50 countries and the most popular type of watermelon grown in the United States. It is famous for its smaller seeds, sweeter flavor and increased resistance to plant disease.

Growing up on a small farm in Ark., Hall spent much of his time helping his family grow, harvest and process fruits and vegetables. “I spent a lot of time in the gardens and always like working with plants,” said Hall. Continue reading “Success is sweet for alumnus”

Doctoral student helps disabled Iraqi girl

Col. Kevin Brown stood tall and proud and often ventured “outside the wire” with his soldiers in Baghdad. Under the sizzle of the Iraqi sun, I watched him meticulously pin medals on their uniforms.

When he retired in 2011, he walked the Appalachian Trail to clear his head and began a tough Ph.D. program in security studies at Kansas State University. Continue reading “Doctoral student helps disabled Iraqi girl”

Alumnus recognized by the National Association for Surface Furnishing

A former Kansas State University graduate student has been awarded the 2013 National Association for Surface Furnishing’s (NASF) Scientific Achievement Award.

Yinlun Huang, professor of chemical engineering and materials science at Wayne State University, received the award for his key theoretical contributions to the surface finishing industry.  Continue reading “Alumnus recognized by the National Association for Surface Furnishing”

Former track star receives leadership award

A former Kansas State University student athlete and graduate student has been awarded the Vivien Coe Richard Top Teens Leadership Award.

Dr. James “Jim” Heggie, the former senior educational specialist and program director of education and community relations at the Center of Health Equity and Evaluation Research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, was recognized for his outstanding service in introducing career opportunities in the medical profession to youth. Continue reading “Former track star receives leadership award”

Your support matters

K-State has come a long way in the past 150 years and there is no telling what the next 150 years will bring. Your commitment and support will be essential as we work together to enhance the scholarly experiences for our graduate students.  We hope you will consider how you might support these efforts by providing internship or research opportunities, serving as lecturers, contributing to scholarship and fellowship programs, serving on panels for professional development workshops and reconnecting with your mentor and/or department and sharing your success stories.  To explore ways to contribute to the graduate student experience, contact Tracy Robinson, development officer for the Graduate School, at (785) 532-7568 or tracyr@found.ksu.edu.

Former CEO and university alumnus receives honorary doctorate

April Mason, provost and senior vice president, hoods Warren Staley during the Graduate School commencement ceremony.

As a former CEO of one of the world’s most well-known companies, Warren Staley is no stranger to leadership.

“It is leaders,” he said, “who create change that improves the lives of others.”

As an alumnus devoted to increasing educational opportunities, student success and philanthropic ventures, Staley has certainly been a leader in improving the lives of many at K-State. Continue reading “Former CEO and university alumnus receives honorary doctorate”

Student successes

K-State Research Forum

Graduate and undergraduate students at Kansas State University presented their research to campus and the community at the 18th annual K-State Research Forum March 27.

The forum included oral presentations and poster presentation from more than 101 graduate students and 18 undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines. Research topics included engineering, math, physical sciences, agricultural sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities and education, among other topics. Continue reading “Student successes”

Alumna highlights importance of international experience

Dr. Patricia Solís

As a child, Dr. Patricia Solís was curious about the world. Even growing up in a small Kansas town, she found herself fascinated with the stories church missionaries and foreign exchange students told about faraway places. She and her sister even pretended they were in other countries using made up languages. Continue reading “Alumna highlights importance of international experience”

Graduate school deans reflect; look ahead

Dr. Robert Kruh, dean of the Graduate School from 1967-1990, and Dr. Carol Shanklin, current dean of the Graduate School, discussed the “Past, Present & Future of Graduate Education at K-State” as part of the 150th Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series.

Planned as part of the K-State sesquicentennial celebration, the series of historical lectures features various speakers and historical topics during the spring and fall 2013 semesters. Continue reading “Graduate school deans reflect; look ahead”