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2018 Capitol Graduate Research Summit

Friday, March 30, 2018

C&PE's Has Big Showing at the 2018 Capitol Graduate Research Summit

The 2018 Capitol Graduate Research Summit was held in the State Capitol, Topeka, on the 27th of March, 2018. Earlier this year, eight students were selected among over a hundred to represent the University of Kansas, Lawrence Campus at the 2018 Capitol Graduate Research Summit. Judges from other Kansas Universities (Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas Medical Center, and Wichita State University) and staff from the BioKansas Corporation evaluated their work. C&PE had three out of the eight finalists.

Congratulations to Tugba Turnaoglu for her BioKansas Presentation Award!

Tugba is a Doctoral Candidate who works under Mark Shiflett in the Shiflett Research Group. The BioKansas Presentation Award was presented to her at the Summit. For more information about BioKansas, click here

We would also like to congratulate Sayantani Basu, who works under Arghya Paul, and Charles Shaughnessy, who works under Kevin Leonard. They were two of the eight finalists who also presented at the summit.

If you are interested in learning more about Tugba, Sayantani, and Charles' presentations, click here

Two students from each university were selected as Capitol Graduate Research Summit Champions and received presentation and a monetary awards, and one student received the KU Presentation Award. Other winners from outside C&PE include Erika Nolte from the Pharmacology and Toxicology Department who won the MoValley Parental Drug Association Presentation Award and Taybor Parker from Molecular Biosciences who won the KU Presentation Award.  

The Capitol Graduate Research Summit in Topeka was initially developed and implemented by graduate students at the doctorate level at the University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Kansas State University, and the University of Kansas Medical Center. Since its inception, it has grown to encompass graduate research at all Kansas universities. The main purpose of the summit is to provide an opportunity for selected graduate students to expose the State government and education officials, as well as the general public, to the quality of graduate research performed in the State of Kansas. The students selected for this event are involved in research, including physical and natural sciences, engineering, sociology, history, and education, which provides a direct impact to the State of Kansas. As the Kansas Legislature extends support for basic research funding to these schools, the summit provides the researchers, in turn, an opportunity to present to the results of their investment. (For more information, click here.)

Thank you to all of our graduate students who participated in this event. We appreciate your hard work!


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