Twelve KU Global Scholar Seniors Address Symposium

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The first University of Kansas Global Scholars cohort presented their research at the Global Scholars Symposium on April 20. The daylong symposium, coordinated by the Office of International Programs, showcased the seniors’ research on topics ranging from developmental disabilities in Kansas and Peru to herbal remedies in 20th century Slavic folklore.

The 12 students served on panels including a final roundtable panel with the entire group discussing their Global Scholars experiences.

“This symposium is a perfect example of the scholarly enterprise that Global Scholars was organized around. The scholars represent the first cohort, whose interests are as innovative as they are creative and intellectually stimulating. This is a perfect way to showcase and share the undergraduates’ talents and promote KU’s mission as an international research university,” said Brent Steele, director for faculty programs.

Global Scholars recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and a strong academic record. The students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university. They were selected for their demonstrated interest in global and international studies, plans for studying abroad, and potential for continued high academic achievement and leadership. Each student participated in a three-hour seminar taught during the spring semester and was paired with a faculty mentor with similar interests during their undergraduate studies. Three cohorts are currently participating in the program.

The Global Scholar presenters:

  • Alexandra Chase, Wichita, senior in psychology and international studies
  • Joshua Dean, Overland Park, senior in economics
  • Katie Fankhauser, Topeka, senior in environmental studies
  • Ryan House, Salina, senior in biology
  • Sarah McCabe, Berryton, senior in journalism
  • Jeff Miller, Lawrence, senior in anthropology
  • Shenji Pan, Jiangsu, China, senior in mathematics and economics
  • Jay Patel, Ottawa, senior in psychology
  • Taylor Patterson, Manhattan, senior in ecology and evolutionary biology
  • Amy Sinclair, Wichita, senior in microbiology
  • Sarah Stern, Lawrence, senior in journalism and Latin American studies
  • Matthew Werner, Wichita, senior in electrical engineering and computer science.