FHSU Graduate Research

Here are some examples of recent FHSU Graduate Research:

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Brianna Watkins

Graduate Research Assistant - Balthazor Fellowship
Bachelor's degree: Fort Hays State University, KS
Hometown: McCook, Nebraska
Thesis topic: Relationship between expression of two glucose transporters on growth rate and food Intake in Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus).
Advisor: Dr. Kobayashi

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Samantha Pounds

Graduate Research Assistant - Choate Fellowship
Bachelor's degree: Dickinson State University, ND
Hometown: Bakersfield, California
Thesis topic: Comparison of small mammal diversity among three habitats in western North Dakota.
Advisor: Dr. Finck

Taylor Rasmussen

Graduate Curatorial Assistant
Bachelor's degree: Morningside College, IA
Hometown: Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Thesis topic: Status of Franklin's Ground Squirrel (Poliocitellus franklinii) in Kansas.
Advisor: Dr. Finck


Chris Dinkel, 2010, "Moon Rocks and Meditations: Cooperation and Competition in Space Race Diplomacy"

Eric Quaidoo, 2010, "The United States and the Overthrow of Kwarme Nkrumah"

Hyrum Somers, 2011, "Heber Doust Curtis and the Island Universe Theory"

Gary Younger, 2011, "Sitting Bull and Geronimo: A Comparison of their Military and Religious Leadership"

Art and Design

Josh Novak, expected graduation 2015

  • America's ClayFest, Roseville, CA, 2015
  • From the Wheel to the Wall, NCECA Independent Exhibition Invitation, Kansas City, 2016
  • The Illusion of Talent: How to Build Skill in Clay. Presentation for NCECA, Providence, RI, 2015
  • America's Clayfest, Second Place, Lincoln, CA, 2014
  • San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, CA, 2014
  • Work collected by Mike Michaelis for The Art of Emprise Collection, Wichita, KS, 2013
  • Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition, Wichita, KS, 2013, Juror Harlan W. Butt
  • 44th Annual Smoky Hill Art Exhibition, Hays, KS, 2013, Juror Dr. Stephen Gleissner, Prize Award, 2013, 2014
  • 1st Place Professional Ceramics, ROAR Art Show, Russell, KS, 2013
  • ROAR Art Show, Russell, KS, 2014
  • Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Manhattan, KS, 2014
  • The Fiber Studio in Wichita, Wichita, KS 2014
  • Founded and lead as president Ceramica Clay Club (C3), President
  • Student Representative to Kansas Artist and Craftsman Association (KACA)
  • 2014 Conference Host for KACA

Debi Cox, completing in 2015

  • 21ST ANNUAL EL CORAZON ART EXHIBITION/ Bath House / Dallas, Texas / February 2015
  • KACA EXHIBITION Material MASTERY EXHIBIT / Moss -Thorns Gallery / Hays, Kansas / October 2014
  • DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITION / NOTO Art Center / Topeka, Kansas / October 2014,First Place Award
  • SMOKY HILLS ART EXHIBITION / Hays Arts Council / Hays, Kansas / April 2014
  • WICHITA NATIONAL ALL MEDIA CRAFT EXHIBITION / Center for the Arts / Wichita, Kansas / 2013
  • SMOKY HILLS ART EXHIBITION / Hays Arts Council / Hays, Kansas / April 2013
  • KACA EXHIBITION / Topeka, Kansas / September 2012

Lisa Smith

  • Seminole County (Florida) Teachers Art Show, Sanford Historic Center, Judges choice award. February 2015

Joe Summers

  • Won best of show for 3-D work in the local Art Competition, 2014
  • Kate Fox
  • Solo Show: 2015 Foxy-Wolff Graffiti Show, San Juan Gallery, Pueblo Community College
  • Member of 38 Degrees Latitude. Artists group, 2012 to present
  • 2015 Celebrating 70 Years of Excellence, Colorado State University, Pueblo, Colorado
  • 2012 Fine Art Exhibit, Colorado State Fair, Pueblo, Colorado
  • 2012 Colorado State University; artists talk, demonstration and teaching
  • 2012 White Gallery, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center
  • Select Invitation Exhibitions
  • Sept- October 2014 PCC Faculty Show, Pueblo CO
  • May-August 2014. PCC Faculty Show, Colorado Community college Headquarters Denver Colorado
  • 2012 Fairy Tale Origins, The Art of Interpretation, White Gallery, Sangre de Cristo Arts Center

Eleanor Heimbaugh

  • 2015 Smoky Hills Exhibition, Hays, KS
  • 2015 Finding Balance, Invitational Traveling Exhibition, Hays, KS
  • 2015 Artist's Comment, NOTO's Art's Space, Invitational, Topeka, KS
  • 2015 Photographs Published, Manhattan Mercury February 8 Issue, Manhattan, KS
  • 2015 Five State Photography, Hays Arts Council, Juried Exhibition, Hays, KS
  • 2014 Kansas Artists Craftsman Association Member's Show, Juried Exhibition, Moss-Thorns Gallery, Hays, KS
  • 2014 ROAR, Juried Exhibition, Russell, KS, 2014- First Place in Ceramics
  • 2014 Stilleben- A Perspective on the Modern Still Life, Solo Show, Hays Public Library, Hays KS
  • 2014 Peopled, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Invitational, Manhattan, KS
  • 2014 Remnant and Residuum, Solo Show, Hays Arts Council, Hays KS
  • 2014 For the Love of Sky, Strecker-Nelson Gallery, Invitational, Manhattan, KS

Lauren Baird

  • America's ClayFest, Roseville, CA, 2015
  • Smoky Hills Competition, Hays, Ks 2015
  • The Lauren Baird Figurative Invitational, Second Avenue Art Guild, Dodge City, KS, 2014. Front page article in the Dodge City Daily, Globe, Feb. 25, 2015. Curated by Lauren Baird.
  • ROAR, Second place and Honorable Mention, Russell, KS 2014.
  • KACA Members Exhibition, Hays, KS, 2014
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