Local scholarship and academic award recipients

Local students who have been awarded scholarships and other achievements are being recognized.

 

A doctoral student in entomology is the 2017 recipient of Kansas State University’s Marie R. Bonebrake Graduate Award.

The $3,500 award was recently presented to Anastasia Cooper, of Manhattan. The award recognizes graduate students based on academic merit and financial need. The student must demonstrate excellence in research, scholarship and creative inquiry appropriate for his or her academic field. The Kansas State University Graduate School has established a set of guidelines and criteria for the evaluation and selection of the candidate.

Cooper’s major professor is Kun Yan Zhu, professor of entomology. Her research focuses on studying a new type of pesticide called RNA interference, or RNAi. The new pesticide is designed to target specific pest species rather than good insects like pollinators. Cooper is testing different strategies to protect the RNAi pesticide inside the gut, so RNAi can be used to combat a wider range of insect pests.

Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Cooper plans to pursue a career as a postdoctoral researcher in Zhu’s lab, with the goal of ultimately becoming a professor. Cooper earned her master’s degree from Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, Ark.

The Marie R. Bonebrake Graduate Award was established to honor Case Bonebrake’s late wife, who received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University.

A Kansas State University veterinary student Taylor Crandall, of Hillsboro, was among 18 students selected nationwide to receive a $5,000 scholarship award from Merck Animal Health.

She is a fourth-year veterinary student who earned a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from Kansas State University. She spent several summers working at Tallgrass Veterinary Hospital in Concordia. After graduating, she plans to work as a veterinarian in rural Kansas.

The company presented the students with an American Association of Bovine Practitioners Bovine Veterinary Student Recognition Award at the association’s recent annual conference in Omaha, Neb. Merck Animal Health has sponsored the award since 2004. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, career goals, work experience and interest in veterinary medicine.

This fall, University of Kansas students received Undergraduate Research Awards (UGRAs). UGRA recipients receive a $1,000 scholarship for support as they work on mentored research and creative projects.

Students apply for UGRAs by writing a four-page proposal under the guidance of a research mentor. Faculty reviewers evaluate the applications based on the merit of the applicant’s proposal, the applicant’s academic record and a recommendation from the mentor.

The Center for Undergraduate Research coordinates the UGRA competition. The center is currently taking applications for the Spring 2018 competition, which has a deadline of Thursday, Nov. 2.

Students receiving awards for fall 2017 are:

McKenzie Butcher, senior from Topeka majoring in speech-language-hearing: “Phonetic Convergence during Language Interactions between Bilinguals and English Monolinguals,” mentored by Navin Viswanathan, associate professor of speech-language-hearing.

Brooks Danahy, senior from Shawnee majoring in chemical engineering: “Characterization of Melting Point Depression and Phase Change Behavior in Ionic Liquid + Compressed Gas Systems,” mentored by Mark Shiflett, Foundation Distinguished Professor, chemical engineering.

Kayla Lawson, junior from Ozawkie majoring in psychology and political science, classical antiquities minor: “Aphrodite: Where did the War Go?,” mentored by Craig Jendza, assistant professor of classics.

Hannah Stohr, junior from Lenexa majoring in chemical engineering: “Aiding Algae Growth in Recovered Product,” mentored by Belinda Sturm, associate professor of civil, environmental & architectural engineering.

Nicholas Bouzianis, a junior in nutritional sciences, life sciences and pre-medicine, of Tecumseh, was recently named a Mark Chapman Scholarship recipient at Kansas State University.

The Chapman Scholars Program gives five awards of $5,000 to outstanding first- and second-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences to pursue summer opportunities in support of their educational and career goals. Scholars use $3,000 of the award to fund summer activities related to their career aspirations and the remaining funding for the following academic year.

Bouzianis interned in Zambia with Safe Motherhood 360+, a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development working to reduce maternal and child mortality. He helped the project’s team conduct monitoring and evaluation by traveling to rural health facilities to collect relevant health data, which was used to assess the efficacy of the project itself. He is vice president of RESULTS K-State and was an advocate for the procurement of a food pantry at Kansas State University. He is the recipient of a Mortar Board Outstanding Student Scholarship, the Delta Sigma Phi McKee Scholarship and the Stormont Vail Hospital Maynard Oliverius Youth Leadership in Health Care Scholarship. He is currently studying how poverty affects the nutritional quality of school lunch programs in western Kenya. A graduate of Shawnee Heights High School, he is the son of Paul and Jeanette Bouzianis.

The Chapman Scholars Program was created in 2008 by Mark Chapman, a Clay Center native who graduated from Kansas State University in 1965 with a dual bachelor’s degree in history and political science. While at the university, he lettered in football, track and softball, and was a member of Army ROTC and Acacia fraternity. Chapman later earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas. He was a successful entrepreneur in the oil and gas industry, and also was a painter, poet and supporter of the arts.

TopTankTickets
 

More