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Graduate School

What’s happening with K-State Graduate Students?

  1. 2017 Research and the State Winners
  2. Fall 2017 Notable Scholarly Achievement Newsletter
  3. December graduates participate in Commencement
  4. Jonggeun Song invited as 2017 Hyundai Motor Technical Forum, selected as a speaker
  5. Alumni invited to attend 2018 3MT and K-State GRAD Research Forum
  6. Save the Date for Alumni event in Manila, Phillippines

Ten K-State Graduate Students earn honors at Research and the State Research Forum

Research on enhancing health for treatment of depression, the influences of parental emotional support on income and well-being during the transition to adulthood, and recovering sustainable resources from a municipal wastewater anaerobic membrane bioreactor at Fort Riley are the research foci of some of the winning research presentations by graduate students who were selected to represent the university at the 15th Capitol Graduate Research Summit, Feb. 20, 2018, at the State Capitol in Topeka.

Ten winners were chosen from 62 participants to present their work in Topeka based on their research presentations at Research and the State, Nov. 9, in the K-State Student Union. The presenters were from five academic colleges and 25 graduate programs.   The event was co-sponsored by the Graduate Student Council, the Graduate School, and the Offices of the President, Provost, and VP of Research.   Each winner received a $250 scholarship.

Learn more about the Resarch and the State recipients


Notable Scholarly Achievement Newsletter

The Awards and Recognition Committee of the Graduate Student Council recognize graduate students who have been recognized for notable scholarly achievements including receiving awards at conferences, research forums, and campus awards.  The current issue acknowledges graduate students’ achievements from March 28, 2017 to October 24, 2017.

Read the Winter 2017 issue


Fall 2017 Commencement Ceremony

Graduate School awarded over 200 master’s degrees and 65 doctoral degrees during fall commencement ceremonies on December 8 at Bramlage Coliseum.  The graduate faculty, the Graduate School team, the President’s Cabinet, the Alumni Association, and family and friends celebrate with the students as we welcome the new group of graduate into the K-State family.

During the ceremony, the university presented two distinguished university faculty awards – the University Distinguished Professors awards and the Distinguished Graduate Faculty awards.

Phillip Klebba, Timothy Musch, Anil Pahwa, Yan Soibelman and Kun Yan Zhu received the University Distinguished Professors lifetime title, the highest honor the university bestows on its faculty members. The distinguished professors are appointed following a university wide nomination and evaluation process conducted by the Office of the Provost.

Christine Aikens, professor of chemistry and Frederick Burrack, professor of music and director of the university’s Office of Assessment, were awarded the Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Distinguished Graduate Faculty award. The award honors Aikens and Burrack for their outstanding scholarly achievements and contributions to graduate education at K-State.

Jim Richardson, who has photographed for more than 30 stories in National Geographic and serves as contributing editor to its sister publication, Traveler magazine, presented the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate.

From the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of swamps and wetlands, Richardson’s work has taken him around the world. Raised on a wheat and dairy farm in north central Kansas, Richardson attended Kansas State University but never finished his degree in psychology. Instead, he pursued his interest in photography, landing an internship with the Topeka Capital Journal. He went on to have his photography published widely, including in Life magazine, The New York Times, Sports Illustrated and the Denver Post before gaining fame as a freelance photographer/photojournalist.

Richardson encouraged the students to uphold values such as integrity, selfless leadership and service, critical thinking, and continued learning. He is looking forward to seeing what the next generation of Wildcats will accomplish.

View the commencement program here. Watch the ceremony here.

Jonggeun Song invited as 2017 Hyundai Motor Technical Forum, selected as a speaker

Jonggeun Sung, doctoral student in grain science, was invited to the 2017 Hyundai Motor technical forum held in San Diego, CA in September. Song was selected as one of the 87 speakers from more than 500 applications. Song received a career opportunity in the Advanced Materials R & D division of Hyundai Motor Company focusing on bio based materials for interior designs for greener cars. There are total of 11 divisions, and only 3-4 candidates received such honor in each division.

Many of the applicants are from high ranking universities, such as MIT, Harvard and Berkeley.

Alumni invited to attend 2018 Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Graduate School is excited to announce the the third annual Three Minute Thesis Competition and invites you to attend either the heats, scheduled on February 13 or the final competition scheduled on February 27.

The goal of 3MT is to celebrate the discoveries made by research students and develop their academic, presentation and research communication skills. The competition focuses on the students’ ability to communicate the importance of their research to the broader community.

The 3MT, first conducted at The University of Queensland in 2008, is an academic competition that challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation topic and its significance in only three minutes using just one PowerPoint slide.

Learn more about the competition.

Alumni are invited to K-State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery (GRAD) Forum

The K-State GRAD Forum is an annual showcase of K-State graduate student research, scholarly work, and discovery. This on-campus event provides 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. Students have the opportunity to present their research or scholarly work via poster or oral presentation.

The Research Forum will take place on March 29 in the K-State Student Union.

Learn more about the K-State GRAD Forum.


Save the Date for Graduate School and Alumni Association event in Manila, Philippines 

KSU Alumni Association and the Graduate School will be hosting an alumni event on Saturday, June 30th in Manila, Philippines.   An email with more details will be sent to alumni in the Philippines in the near future.   We look forward to another exciting alumni event. Questions about this event can be directed to Dr. Carol Shanklin at shanklin@ksu.edu.