Exceptional undergraduate scholarship earns students Kirmser research awards

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Exceptional undergraduate scholarship earns students Kirmser research awards
Friday, May 11, 2018

At left, Dean of K-State Libraries Lori Goetsch with three honorees at the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award ceremony: Scott Heise, Ayana Belk and Zach St. Clair. | Download this photo.

 
MANHATTAN — Excellence in research has earned several students at Kansas State University recognition through the fifth annual Kirmser Undergraduate Research Awards.On May 1, the award committee rewarded outstanding undergraduate research in topics ranging from anthropology to biosystems engineering. Grand prize awards were given in three categories: individual freshman, individual non-freshman and group. Individual grand prizewinners each received $1,000, and the group grand prizewinners shared a $4,000 award. Honorable mentions were also named in the individual freshman and individual non-freshman categories.The awards are made possible through a gift from the Philip and Jeune Kirmser estate.”We work with students on research projects throughout the year, but we rarely see final versions,” said Cindy Logan, associate professor, academic services librarian and chair of the award committee. “It’s so gratifying to have this opportunity to review and recognize the extraordinarily high-caliber research they’re completing.”Both grand and honorable mention prizewinners are invited to archive their projects in the university’s institutional repository, the K-State Research Exchange, or K-REx, so that they are available online to the public. The following students were recognized at the Kirmser Undergraduate Research Award ceremony:• Maxwell Burden, Benton; Laura Krueger, Lebo;Quanqing Guo, Manhattan; and Nicholas Young, Topeka, all juniors in biological and agricultural engineering, grand prize in the group research category for “Pond Eutrophication.” The group completed the project for Biological Systems Engineering Project II taught by Lisa Wilken, assistant professor of biological and agricultural engineering.• Scott Heise, senior in communications studies, Manhattan, grand prize in the individual non-freshman research category for “Follower Behavior and Followership Identity: A Follower’s Perspective.” His project was completed for Senior Colloquium taught by Natalie Pennington, …

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