Jan. 26, 2004

Contact: Andrea Albright, University Relations, (785) 864-8860.

KU graduate students to present research to Kansas legislators Wednesday

LAWRENCE -- Graduate and professional students from the University of Kansas and Kansas State University will throw aside rivalries for a day to present their academic research to Kansas legislators during the Graduate Student Research Summit from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Capitol in Topeka.

More than 20 students from the two universities will display research critical to the advancement of the state.

"The research summit is important because the event highlights research being done at KU that positively benefits the state of Kansas," said James Owen, executive director of KU's Graduate and Professional Association. "Research achievements are too often overlooked."

Students from 23 departments at KU and Kansas State will present topics including the impact of railroad abandonment of rural Kansas communities, phytochemicals in organic vegetables for cancer prevention, gender bias within the courts and the law profession in Kansas, values among conventional and nonconventional farmers, obesity in rural Kansas, construction of space satellites, emergency preparedness for people with mobility impairments in northeast Kansas, and inclusive education in rural schools.

The KU Graduate and Professional Association and the Kansas State Graduate Student Council are sponsoring the event. Both organizations provide graduate and professional students with opportunities for professional development.

KU students participating in the Topeka event will present their research to the university community from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the fourth-floor lobby of the Kansas Union.

A brown bag luncheon and workshop discussing the strategies of presenting research will precede the KU event from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 in Alderson Auditorium.

"Graduate students need to learn how to take their academic research to both an academic and a non-academic audience," said Diana Carlin, dean of the KU Graduate School and International Programs. "Learning good presentation skills will make them more competitive in their first job search."

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