HAYS – Fort Hays State University students recently joined their peers from other Kansas Board of Regents public four-year universities for the annual Kansas Undergraduate Research Day in the Capitol Rotunda in Topeka.
Participating students presented their research projects to legislators and the public to demonstrate the unique opportunities undergraduate and graduate students have to participate with faculty members in research at KBOR universities.
The event showcased the work of up to 40 Kansas undergraduate students representing each of the state’s eight public four-year institutions. The event also emphasized higher education’s role in developing educated citizens and preparing a workforce with the necessary skills to further the economic growth of the state.
“Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol is an opportunity for our state legislators and other guests visiting the Capitol to see first-hand the quality of research in which undergraduates across Kansas are engaged,” said Leslie Paige, director of Fort Hays State University’s Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects.
“This prestigious event illustrates the vital role that higher education plays in strengthening the Kansas economy and workforce,” she said.
Local FHSU student who presented her work is Ashley Lockwood, Great Bend, (psychology, senior) “Studying Stigma: Assessing Stigma of Mental Illness Toward Juveniles.”
The public is invited to view the posters and talk to the student researchers.