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15th Annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit - February 20, 2018

Graduate students from Kansas Regents universities will present their research at the Capitol in Topeka

Where:  State Capitol Building, Topeka, Kansas

When:  Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Application Deadline:  5:00 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017

The Graduate School invites applications from graduate students from all disciplines to compete in the 15th annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit. The event is an opportunity to display, in poster format, the stellar research conducted by graduate students at Kansas’ universities to legislators and other members of state government. Five finalists from Emporia State University will join their peers from other Kansas Board of Regents Universities in Topeka at the Capitol. Two students per university will receive a $500 award sponsored by the participating institutions and BioKansas.

The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 1.  Applications must include a brief application letter (250 words maximum), detailing how your research impacts the citizens of Kansas, a research abstract of no more than 250 words (Word document), and a supporting letter of recommendation from your research advisor. Applicants for the internal competition will be judged on the impact of research to the citizenry, the ability to communicate research to a layman audience, and the potential for a professional presentation as determined by the research advisor. Complete application packets should be submitted to: Dr. Jerald Spotswood, Dean, Graduate School at

2017 Graduate Student Presenters:

Ryan Frier - “Wavelet-Based Acoustic Classification of Bird Species."  Adviser: Qiang Shi: Math and Economics

Thomas Houk - “Improved Tracking of Kansas Economic Activity."  Adviser: Marc Fusaro: School of Business

Mary Ralston - “DNA Barcoding of Blow Fly Species in Coffey County, Kansas."  Adviser: Scott Crupper: Biological Sciences

Janelle Thimmesch - “Identification and Quantification of Ibuprofen in Blood Using HPLC-UV/Vis.”  Adviser: Melissa Bailey: Biological Sciences

Randol Wehrbein - “Evidence of the Oldest Healed Limb Bone Fracture in an Early Reptile."  Adviser: Michael Morales: Physical Sciences