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Four Human Ecology graduate students earn scholarships at campus wide research forum

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Hunter Post (center) and Jillian Joyce (second from right) among other graduate student winners

Oral and poster presentations about their research has earned 11 Kansas State University graduate students first-place honors at the recent annual K-State Graduate Research, Arts and Discovery, or GRAD, Forum.

This year, 85 graduate students competed for scholarship awards at the event. The GRAD Forum provides graduate students from all disciplines an opportunity to share their work with the university community and gain experience presenting their work in a professional setting. The forum included oral presentations and poster presentations on topics in engineering, social sciences, humanities, education, agricultural sciences, math, physical sciences, biological sciences and interdisciplinary research.

University faculty and postdoctoral judges selected the top presenters in each session. An awards ceremony included a special presentation from Timothy Keane, professor and director of research, scholarship and creative activity for the landscape architecture and regional & community planning department. First-place winners received $500 scholarships and their names were engraved on a perpetual plaque specific to each group. The plaque will be displayed in their department until the 2019 GRAD Forum event.

The forum is sponsored by the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Council, the offices of the President and Provost, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

GRAD Forum first-place winners from the College of Human Ecology:

  • Biological Sciences Oral 1: Hunter Post, master's student in kinesiology, Beloit, in the biological sciences oral 1 category. Post's major professor is Carl Ade, assistant professor of kinesiology.
  •  Jillian Joyce, doctoral student in human nutrition, Greensburg, Pennsylvania, in the social sciences/humanities/education poster category. Joyce's major professor is Sara Rosenkranz, assistant professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health.
  • Weilun Tsai, master's student in nutrition, dietetics and sensory sciences, Taiwan, in the interdisciplinary research poster category. Tsai's major professor is Kadri Koppel, assistant professor of food, nutrition, dietetics and health.
  • Thao Tran, master's student in nutrition, dietetics and sensory sciences, Vietnam, in the agricultural sciences poster category. Tran's major professor is Edgar Chambers IV, university distinguished professor of sensory analysis.

This article was posted on Thursday, April 5, 2018, and is filed under Student Research.