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Nebraskan Undergrads Selected to Present Research Virtually at Capital
Nebraska Ag Connection - 02/19/2021

Five undergraduate students will represent Kansas State University at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol, a virtual event this year March 2-4. The students were selected by the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry.

Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol showcases the research being conducted by students at Kansas' four-year institutions and allows legislators to engage with approximately 40 undergraduate scholars.

Pre-COVID-19, the event took place on the second floor of the State Capitol rotunda in Topeka. This year's virtual event is open to the public and can be accessed at http://ltblogs.fhsu.edu/urd2021/. Attendees will be able to interact with student researchers through a comment section.

"We are excited for the opportunity to showcase and celebrate the excellent undergraduate research at Kansas State University," said Brenee King, assistant director of the Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry. "Our group of student presenters represent several colleges at the university and highlight the interdisciplinary research that undergraduate students can engage with during their time on campus."

The following K-State students will represent K-State at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol:

- Lindy Maska, senior in human development and family sciences, Gardner, will present "Identifying Assessment Tools of Child-centered Communication for the Development and Evaluation of Divorce Education Programs." Maska is mentored by Anthony Ferraro, assistant professor of human development and family science.

- Kourtney Rumback, junior in biology and psychology, Oakley, will present "The behavioral and neuroinflammatory consequences of a high-fat diet." Rumback is mentored by Kimberly Kirkpatrick, professor of psychological sciences.

- Rachel Kort, senior in feed science and management, Ayr, Neb., will present "Effects of decreasing corn particle size on metabolizable energy and proportions of fecal volatile fatty acids in gestating sows." Kort is mentored by Chad Paulk, assistant professor of feed science and management.

- Broderick Sieh, junior in mechanical engineering, Stanton, Neb., will present "Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry for Flow Field Measurements in a Vertical Water Channel." Sieh is mentored by Hitesh Bindra, associate professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering.

- Victoria de Souza, senior in biology, Brazil, will present 'Delineating effects of Cannabis on the human brain: Part 1 -- Characterization of human astrocytes." De Souza is mentored by Meena Kumari, associate professor of anatomy and physiology.


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