Fort Hays State Students to Participate in Kansas Undergraduate Research Day



The Kansas Undergraduate Research Day, traditionally held at the State Capitol in Topeka, will be a virtual event this year. Fort Hays State University is the sponsor of the 2021 event, scheduled for March 2, 3 and 4.

Undergraduates from each four-year Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) public university – including four from Fort Hays State – are working on 40 different projects which will be featured on the event’s website at

“The Undergraduate Research Days are an opportunity for our state lawmakers and other guests to visit the website and see first-hand the quality of research that Kansas undergraduates are engaged in,” said Leslie Paige, research and scholarship coordinator for the FHSU scholarship and sponsored projects office, and this year’s event coordinator.

The Kansas Undergraduate Research Day website will feature posters and student videos describing the research projects. Visitors will be able to comment and ask questions to the student presenters. Students, faculty, KBOR members, state legislators, and members of the public from across the state are invited to participate. The goals of the event are to educate undergraduates about research and highlight the transformational educational opportunities available to students at each KBOR university.

“While we may not be able to gather in the Capitol Rotunda as we have done in the past, our decision to turn this into a virtual event will allow more Kansans to see and hear how the Research-based learning positively affects undergraduates and how higher education strengthens the Kansas economy and workforce, ”said Leslie Paige, FHSU Office of Scholarship and Sponsored Projects, coordinator of the this year’s event. “These experiences enrich the training of students and better prepare them for future careers. “

Students participating in FHSU research, in alphabetical order, include:

Abigail Hayes, Junior from Baldwin City majoring in Criminal Justice, will present “Effectiveness of Drug Addiction Treatment in Prison”. Dr. Tamara Lynn, president and associate professor of criminal justice, was the research sponsor of the faculty.

Cristina Jimenez, Dodge City Senior Honors in Criminal Justice, will present “A Comprehensive Review of Domestic Violence and Criminal Justice Response in Rural Areas”. Dr Ziwei Qi, assistant professor of criminal justice, was the faculty sponsor.

Mallory Benortham, Topeka majoring in Psychology, will present “COVID-19, Sex and Self / Community Protection”. Dr. Carol Patrick, professor of psychology, was the research sponsor of the faculty.

Grace Wasinger, Hays Honors in Psychology, will present “Engaging with Voters on Twitter: How Source Credibility and Language Formality Interact to Influence Public Reception”. Brooke Mann, professor of psychology, was the faculty research sponsor.


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