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Undergraduate students from Fort Hays State to present research at Capitol
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HAYS – Undergraduate researchers from Fort Hays State University presented their research projects on Wednesday, March 4, in Topeka as part of the Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. 

Students joined other undergraduates from Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities on the second-floor rotunda of the Capitol building. 

“We are proud to have our students showcase the outstanding research and academic excellence that undergraduate students engage in at FHSU,” said Misty Koonse, interim director of FHSU’s Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects. 

FHSU students presenting included Wyatt Engel, Victoria sophomore majoring in chemistry, who presented “UV/Visible Absorption Studies of ZnSe Nanoparticles Obtained Using a Controlled-Growth, One-Pot Synthesis.” Brady Stephenson, Little River junior majoring in finance and economics, presented “Fort Hays State University Student Price Index.” His research partner, Zetta Hamersley, Hays junior majoring in political science, was the co-presenter. 

The undergraduate researchers presented their posters to students, faculty, KBOR members, state lawmakers, and members of the public from across the state. The event was intended to raise awareness of research being conducted by undergraduate students. 

This event also highlights the importance of transformational educational opportunities available to students at these institutions. 

“This prestigious event provides an opportunity for state legislators and Capitol visitors to hear first-hand how learning through research positively affects students across Kansas. The experiential learning enriches student education and better prepares them for future careers,” said Koonse.