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123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

August 3, 2021

August 2021 Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Zelia Wiley

Welcome to August! 

Can you believe our 2021 summer is almost over? The College of AG/KSRE Diversity Programs Office has been extremely busy and we thank all of you for making it a success! At the end of July, the 2021 KSRE Summer Research Fellows’ cohort completed their research experience with an excellent closing program. It was held on July 29, at the International Grains Complex, 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon. Bravo to all the fellows and special appreciation to our mentors who shared their time with this cohort.

The closing program involved each fellow giving an oral presentation on their tangible research results demonstrating his/her knowledge of experimental research. It was a superb day!

The following students are participants of the 2021 KSRE Fellowship:

Olivia Cooper, Tuskegee University – Dr. Cassandra Olds, Department of Entomology

Raijon Hall, Prairie View A&M University – Dr. Greg Aldrich, Department of Grain Science & Industry

Janaye Young, Delaware State University – Dr. Karen Schmidt, Food Science Institute (FSI) & Department of Animal Sciences & Industry (ASI)

Meghan Campbell, Florida A&M – Dr. Jayendra Amamcharla, Food Science Institute and ASI

Brian Washington, Florida A&M University – Mrs. Susan Metzger, KCARE

Mikiyah Baldwin, Florida A&M University – Dr. Brandie Disberger, Agricultural Education and Dr. Zelia Wiley, Diversity Programs Office

Khairy Jenkins, North Carolina A&T State University – Dr. Chad Paulk, Department of Grain Science & Industry and Dr. Charles Stark,

Tiffany Poydras, Southern University and A&M College – Dr. Colby Moorberg, Department of Agronomy

Karrington Howard, University of Alabama at Birmingham – Dr. Greg Aldrich, Grain Science & Industry.

We congratulate these students on a job well done and with hopes of seeing them at Kansas State University, College of Agriculture graduate programs in the near future.


The summer also provided the opportunity for DPO to host the Project Impact MAPS, Jr. MANRRS and Nicodemus Educational Camps.   

2021 MAPS: This summer the College of Agriculture/KSRE Diversity Programs Office hosted ten upcoming freshmen students for two weeks during June. The students participated in academic and networking activities and were given the opportunity to gain experience on the K-State Manhattan Campus before starting school in the fall.

The following students are members of the 2021 MAPS College of Agriculture Cohort and have successfully graduated. Please join us in congratulating them!

Annika Bhatt, Sydney Bruce, Isabel Chavez, Natalie Delgado, Jedidiah Gibson, Karla Love, Madison Neal, Vincent L. Otchere, Raheim Stone, and Ray Wright.

We will the host the 2021 KOMPASS August 15-18, 2021 for a 3-Day in-person campus experience. Looking forward to sharing their success next month.

Thanks to everyone who has aided in making our summer programs successful and thank you to all who support us in our activities. Please continue to look for more diversity news and events as we continue to advertise. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact the DPO staff Lonnie Hobbs, Jr. or Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean.