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123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

June 27, 2023

Diversity Programs Office Summer Update

Submitted by Zelia Wiley

summer fellows

Happy Pride Month and Juneteenth!

We are excited to have started our summer programs in the K-State College of Agriculture/K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) Diversity Programs Office (DPO). This summer we are hosting and partnering for a variety of programs, including three long-term summer programs: KSRE Summer Research Fellows Program, Project IMPACT MAPS, and KS-LSAMP RiPS. We have welcomed twenty students for the K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) Summer Research Fellows Program, five students for the Project IMPACT Multicultural Academic Program Success (MAPS) summer program, and six students for the KS-LSAMP Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM (RiPS) summer program.

We are excited to see the continued growth and success of our summer program participants! Thanks to all of our summer mentors and partners for your time and efforts.

2023 KSRE Multicultural Summer Research Fellows Program
This program is designed so that the participants receive the primary benefit of learning hands-on research techniques, methods, procedures, and about related topics. The program serves as a pipeline for undergraduate students from 1890 Land Grant Institutions, 1994 Land Grant Institutions, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities into the K-State College of Agriculture graduate programs. This summer, twenty fellows are on campus for eight weeks conducting in-depth research within an agricultural-related field of their interest. Students will have produced tangible research results demonstrating their knowledge of experimental research and will report the results in a final research symposium on July 27, 11 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. All are invited to attend the symposium.

The following students are participants in the 2023 KSRE Research Fellows Program from across nine 1890 Land Grant Institutions:

Maya Brown, Prairie View A&M University - Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine
Mentor: Dr. Randall Phebus - Department of Animal Sciences & Industry, Food Science Institute

Ireyon Buchanna, Southern University and A&M College – Agricultural Science
Mentor: Dr. Morgan Zumbaugh – Department of Animal Sciences & Industry

Dyla Butler, Kentucky State University – Environmental Systems
Mentor: Dr. Charles Rice/Endy Lopes Kailer – Department of Agronomy

Gabrielle Cameron, Tennessee State University – Agriculture Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Brian McCornack – Department of Entomology

Charles Carpenter III, Prairie View A&M University – Agriculture, Plant & Soil Science
Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Cowan – Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources

Darian Davis, Prairie View A&M University – Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine / Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Mentor: Dr. Michael Kleinhenz – Department of Animal Sciences and Clinical Sciences in College of Veterinary Medicine

Keshauna Ashley Davis, South Carolina State University – Agribusiness
Mentor: Dr. Zelia Wiley/Summer Santillana– College of Agriculture/KSRE Diversity Programs Office

Terriah Dunn, Prairie View A&M University – Agriculture and Human Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Chad Paulk– Department of Grain Science and Industry

Mya Gremillion, North Carolina A&T – Agricultural & Environmental Systems, Sustainable Land & Food Systems
Mentor: Dr. Anita Dille – Department of Agronomy

Elissa Hall, Tuskegee University – Food and Nutritional Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Kaliramesh Siliveru – Department of Grain Science

Charia Hishaw, Langston University – Agriculture Crop and Soil Science
Mentor: Dr. Kimberly Williams – Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources

Robert Lewis, Prairie View A&M University – Agriculture, Agribusiness
Mentor: Dr. Andrew Barkley – Department of Agricultural Economics

Angelina Lindert, Langston University – Animal Sciences
Mentor: Dr. Joel DeRouchey – Department of Animal Sciences & Industry

Myles Lowery, Langston University – Agriculture
Mentor: Dr. Mike Day and Anthony Fink – Department of Animal Sciences & Industry

Emery Minor, Tennessee State University – Family and Consumer Science, Nutrition and Dietetics
Mentor: Dr. Randall Phebus – Department of Animal Sciences and Industry, Food Science Institute

Giovanni Moore, Prairie View A&M University – Veterinary Medicine / Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Mentor: Dr. Cassandra Olds – Department of Entomology

McKenzie Scott, Florida A&M University – Animal Science Pre-Vet
Mentor: Dr. Zelia Wiley and Summer Santillana - Diversity Programs Office and Kansas Black Farmer’s Association

Quentin Sparrow, Langston University – Agriculture Science, Agribusiness
Mentor: Dr. Colby Moorberg – Department of Agronomy

April Taylor, Prairie View A&M University – Agricultural Science
Mentor: Dr. Bradford Wiles – Department of Applied Human Sciences

Kelleigh Wakefield, Tuskegee University – Animal Sciences, Veterinary Medicine
Mentor: Dr. Kaliramesh Siliveru – Department of Grain Science

2023 MAPS
Project Impact Summer Bridge MAPS (Multicultural Academic Program Success) allows students to get familiar with their respective colleges and the academic rigor of a K-State class the summer before starting school at K-State. The students are on campus for four weeks. This summer, all MAPS students are taking a free three credit hour Speech course through K-State and will receive a renewable scholarship for their freshmen year. The program is hosted through the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Students Affairs (DMSA) in partnership with the Colleges of Agriculture, Business, and Engineering. The 2023 MAPS cohort has 20 students, five of which are incoming agriculture students. The students arrived on Friday, June 2, 2023, and will be on campus until Friday, June 30, 2023. We are excited to have all of our MAPS students back in the fall semester. The following students are members of the 2023 MAPS College of Agriculture Cohort:

Jocelyn Armendariz - Animal Sciences & Industry,

Bianca Blair - Animals Sciences & Industry,

Dulce Reyes - Animals Sciences & Industry,

Mariam Fernandez – Agricultural Communications,

Abbygail Lopez - Animal Sciences & Industry.

This summer the DPO is partnering with the Kansas Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (KS-LSAMP) to host the Research Immersion: Pathways to STEM (RiPS) summer research program. RiPS is designed to connect students from community colleges and at K-State with research and the opportunities that a bachelor’s degree and career in STEM can offer. The RiPS students gain the opportunity to do research with a K-State faculty member within a field of their interest for eight weeks on campus. The program also offers information about transferring to K-State and seminars about graduate school and research. This summer, the RiPS participants started on June 5 and will complete the program on July 27 by showing their research in a poster format. Dr. Zelia Wiley and Summer Santillana are servings as the coordinators for the 2023 RiPS program in partnership with the Office of Student Success. The KS-LSAMP RiPS Research Symposium will be on July 27, 10-11:30 a.m. in the K-State Union Bluemont Room. The symposium is in partnership with other Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) on campus. All are invited to attend.

The following students are participants in the 2023 KS-LSAMP RiPS Program:

Xania Cobian, Dodge City Community College –Associates of Science
Mentor: Dr. Lydia Zeglin – Division of Biology

Jessica Davis, Kansas State University – Medical Laboratory Science
Mentor: Dr. Bill Hsu – Department of Computer Science

Dennis Meyer, Kansas State University – Computer Science and Mechanical Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Torben Amtoft – Department of Applied Human Sciences

Osbel Oceguera-Regaldo, Seward County Community College – Associates of Science
Mentor: Dr. Husain Aziz – Department of Civil Engineering.

Marco Ramirez Ramirez, Donnelly University – Associates of Art
Mentor: Dr. Walter Dodd – Division of Biology

Javier Vazquez, Kansas State University incoming transfer student from Dodge City Community College – Biomedical Science
Mentor: Dr. Sanzhen Liu – Department of Plant Pathology

This summer we are also partnering to host multiple JR MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences) Institutes. Please be on the lookout for more information about these programs. We appreciate all of our partners and your support.

For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or email Dr. Zelia Wiley at zwiley@ksu.edu.