Student scholarships awarded at Kansas City One Health Day

K-State Today Student Edition

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018

Students who received scholarships at Kansas City One Health Day pose with representatives from Elias Animal Health, Grafton Staffing Co. and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center, which funded the scholarships.

OLATHE — Five students are receiving scholarships in recognition of their One Health-centric research. The scholarships are part of the recent Kansas City One Health Day. The annual event is organized by Kansas State University, BioKansas and BioNexus KC. It celebrates and spotlights the importance of the complex interrelationships of human, animal and environmental health to the general public. This year’s theme was outsmarting antibiotic resistance and the event included a student poster competition. Sixteen students from Kansas and Missouri high schools, community colleges and universities competed in the poster contest, which included research on cancer development and detection, rapidly detecting Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in beef, metals from mining waste being leached into floodplain sediments, and more. “Everyone was extremely impressed with the high quality research that these young scientists are doing,” said Martha Nowak, K-12 program coordinator who organized the competition. “Greater Kansas City has outstanding up-and-coming talent and One Health Day was a wonderful platform for some of these high school and college students to share their work with a broader audience.” Students discussed their research with a panel of judges and the events’ more than 140 attendees. Judges awarded points in multiple categories, which were used to select winners at the high school, undergraduate and graduate student levels. The scholarships were made possible by Elias Animal Health, Grafton Staffing Co. and the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center.High school scholarship winners were Anita Orjil of Washington High School in Kansas City, Kansas, for “Expression Profile of microRNA-10b and microRNA-506 in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer” and Andrea Villeda of Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas, for “Cerebral Blood Flow Response During Exercise After Stroke.”  …

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