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Students earn scholarships, internships, honor memberships

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A constant parade of College of Human Ecology students are honored with scholarships, internships and membership into honorary organizations such as Mortar Board. Others are tapped for research grants and special contributions and achievements to their disciplines.

Here are some of the most recent students and their successes:

Brooke Boyington awarded $6,000 scholarship from Phi Eta Sigma

Brooke Boyington, sophomore in family studies and human services, has been awarded a $6,000 scholarship from the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Boyington is minoring in leadership studies. She was inducted into Phi Eta Sigma in 2014, and currently serves as the chapter's vice president.

Boyington is very active in other campus organizations such as the K-State Rodeo Club, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, St. Isidore's Catholic Church and International Buddies. She also works as a community assistant for the Strong Community and participates in residential programs.

Three to serve as extension summer interns

Three students from the College of Human Ecology were selected to serve as summer 2015 interns for K-State Research and Extension.

Anna Dillon, senior in public health nutrition and dietetics, will intern with the Marais des Cygnes Extension District, which serves Linn and Miami counties.

Molly Wessling, senior in family studies and human services, will intern with Family Studies and Human Services Extension, a part of the School of Family Studies and Human Services on the university's Manhattan campus.

Jordyn Barten, sophomore in hospitality management, will intern with the Riley County Extension Office.

The interns will assist extension professionals in planning and implementing educational programming for Kansas residents.

Mortar Board selects new members

Mortar Board Senior Honor Society at Kansas State University has selected its new members for the 2015-2016 school year.

The 29 new members, who have an average 3.8 GPA, are charged with upholding the organization's ideals of leadership, scholarship and service on the university campus and in the Manhattan community.

Seniors from the College of Human Ecology are:

Emma Bassette, nutrition and kinesiology; Ellen Harley, family studies and human services; Mary O'Brien, nutritional sciences; Mariah Farber, family studies and human services; Samantha Moore, communication sciences and disorders; and Dylan Bassett, kinesiology.

Caitlin Utz selected for Disney program

Caitlin Utz, May 2015 bachelor’s candidate in interior design with a minor in leadership studies, has been selected to participate in the Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando.

She is interested in creative design and Disney Imagineers.

The program is designed to give participants a comprehensive, experiential-learning opportunity that will enhance their academic and professional careers.

Foley, Evans receive research awards

Kourtney Foley and Kara Evans have received $1,000 Undergraduate Research Awards for the semester.

Working with faculty research mentors, they will get the opportunity to network with other researchers, make contributions to their research field, and present, perform or exhibit their work publicly.

Foley, senior in dietetics, is working with Stephanie Kurti on associations between Raynaud's Phenomenon and fish oil consumption (dietary or supplemental). Raynaud's Phenomenon is an autoimmune disease that under certain conditions, such as cold or stress, results in vasospasms of fingers and other extremities.

Evans, junior in kinesiology, is investigating to see if an acute vitamin C supplementation will attenuate airway narrowing during exercise in exercise-induced asthmatics. She is working with Craig Harms, professor and head of the Department of Kinesiology.

Broxterman named Outstanding Graduate Student

Ryan Broxterman, doctoral candidate in physiology, has been recognized by the K-State Alumni Association for academics, service and leadership.

The alumni association honored two graduate students with its Graduate Student Award, which was established in 2010.

Broxterman's doctoral research has focused on the mechanisms and conditions contributing to fatigue — research that is being discussed and lauded by senior international experts in the field. Additionally, he has been instrumental in research work with NASA to identify key components of fitness that an astronaut must possess in order to safely preform mission tasks at destinations such as the moon or Mars. He has been successful in getting grant proposals funded by NASA.

This article was posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, and is filed under Apparel, Textiles, & Interior Design, College News, Family Studies & Human Services, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, Hospitality Management, Kinesiology.