Five Shockers presented at Kansas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol

Five Wichita State students were selected to present at Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol March 1. Students, faculty, Kansas Board of Regents members, state lawmakers and members of the public were invited to visit the Capitol Rotunda to view the students’ presentations. Day at the Capitol showcases the work of up to 40 Kansas undergraduate student projects representing each of the state’s eight public four-year institutions. It emphasizes higher education’s role in developing educated citizens and preparing a workforce with the necessary skills to further the economic growth of the state.

Student presenters from Wichita State:

  • Max Gosch, anthropology major with faculty mentor Matthew Howland, presented, “AI Archaeology: Automated Python for GIS Implementation”
  • Bayle Sandy, political science major with faculty mentor Alexandra Middlewood, presented, “Heat Waves in the Heartland”
  • Jessica Lada, ceramics major with faculty mentor Ted Adler, presented, “Shaping Clay: Exploring the Intersection of Tradition and Technology”
  • Nhu Nguyen, mechanical engineering professor with faculty mentor Wei Wei, presented, “Additive Manufacturing of Thermally Resilient Material using Polymer Derived Ceramic via Direct Ink Writing”
  • Morgan Sutter, communication sciences and disorders major with faculty mentor Cynthia Richburg, presented, “Audiologists’, Hearing Instrument Specialists’, and Other Related Professionals’ Perspective on the Use of Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids”

“We know that students engaged in faculty-mentored research and creative activity are better prepared for professional success,” said Kimberly Engber, dean of the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College. “We are proud to present this significant undergraduate work from across Kansas to state legislators and other guests visiting Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol.”

Day at the Capitol participation is open to all undergraduate students by competitive application. The Cohen Honors College coordinates Wichita State participant selection and travel.