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Three graduate students in human nutrition to participate in state research summit

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The 12th Capitol Graduate Research Summit will feature 10 Kansas State University graduate students - including three from the College of Human Ecology - researching a variety of topics important to Kansas.

College of Human Ecology graduate students participating in the summit :

• Kavitha Penugonda, pictured above with Brian Lindshield, associate professor of human nutrition and her faculty mentor, is a doctoral student in human nutrition from India. Her research is "Iron bioavailability of sorghum, cowpea, corn and soybean fortified blended foods."

• Curtis Maughan, doctoral student in human nutrition, Lake Mary, Florida, will present "Unsafe behaviors observed in consumers when cooking poultry and eggs." His faculty mentor is Edgar Chambers IV, university distinguished professor of human nutrition.

• Shelby Magnuson, master's student in human nutrition, Normal, Illinois, will present "Flavor of raw pecan cultivars grown in Kansas." Her faculty mentor is Kadri Koppel, assistant professor of human nutrition.

The event is Thursday, Feb. 12, on the second floor rotunda of the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka. The statewide forum includes current research of graduate students at Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Kansas Medical Center, Wichita State University, Fort Hays State University and Pittsburg State University.

Graduate students will present their research posters from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and interact with legislators, the Kansas Board of Regents and the public. Members of the community are invited to attend.

"Our students show the value of graduate education by demonstrating how their research benefits our state and communities," said Carol Shanklin, dean of Kansas State University's Graduate School. "The research summit provides an opportunity for our students to interact with legislators and share their valuable research with statewide leaders and interested citizens."

University professors and industry representatives will judge the students' posters and presentations. The top presenters from each university will be awarded a $500 scholarship.

The 10 Kansas State University students were chosen based on their research presentations at Research and the State, an annual on-campus event that occurred Oct. 28, 2014, in the K-State Student Union.

This article was posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.