Graduate Scholarly Experience (GSE) Grant Program


The purpose of the Graduate Scholarly Experience (GSE) Grant Program is to engage graduate students with meaningful scholarly/creative/research activities. $4,000 in grant funding is available in each semester (Fall and Spring).

All current Fort Hays State University graduate students are eligible to apply for grants up to $500. Approved projects may not receive the full amount of funding requested.

Applications may be used for either consumable supplies for proposed research/scholarly/creative work OR to help defray costs for travel to present the results of such work. Find more information and apply for 2018 awards here.

Congratulations to the 2017 winners!

Supply Awards

Student Name
Faculty Mentor
Project Title
Oaklee Abernathy Biological Sciences Dr. Kobayashi Experimental Biology Presentation of Abstract Titled: "The Link Between Obesity and the Expression of O-linked N-acetylglucosamine Transferase in Ictalurus punctatus" The objective of the study is to determine if a decreased expression of OGT in channel catfish leads to the development of an obese phenotype. This information will help to further explore if channel catfish can be used as a model organism to study the development of obesity in humans.
Chelsea Hanson Biological Sciences Dr. Maricle Relative Importance of Disturbance Regimes and Climate Changes on Subalpine Forest Succession This study will compare early succession in subalpine forests as affected by climate change. Disturbances are fires and bark beetle outbreaks in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Alexander Kleine Geosciences Dr. Bremer Knowing your audience: What attracts visitors to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History The survey will evaluate the popularity of the museum's exhibits and gain participant feedback for any concern of further exhibit improvement.
Joshua Mead Biological Sciences Dr. Stark Spatial ecology of the Western Massasauga (Sistrurus tergeminus) in a large interior wetland In 2017, we plan to implant an additional 16 Western Massasauga (Sistrurus tergeminus) with radio transmitters. This increased sample size will provide the data necessary to give a more general sense of the typical habits of the Western Massasauga at Cheyenne Bottoms.
Jamie Oriez Biological Sciences Dr. Channell Factors Affecting the Persistence of Prairie Dog Colonies in Northwest Kansas This study will examine black-tailed prairie dog colonies in Northwest Kansas using aerial imagery from 2004-2015 and evaluate how factors such as age, area, location, isolation, surrounding land use, and weather are affecting long-term colony persistence.
Sean Rogers Biological Sciences Dr. Stark Utilization of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Surveying Herpetofaunal Habitat The project will focus on developing an inexpensive autonomous vehicle to develop high-resolution and georeferenced vegetation/habitat maps associated with a community of herpetofaunal species in western Kansas.
Herrick Smith Art and Design Ms. Ganstrom Anagama Kiln Firing Workshop at Justin Lambert's kiln in Jupiter, FL This graduate thesis project will fire 12 large jars of local clay in wood kilns across the country. This will show variation between clay, kilns, and firing styles.
Elizabeth Tanner Biological Sciences Dr. Channell Effects of Spring Temperatures on Avian Migration Phenology Data from the U.S. National Wildlife Refuges, supplemented by online data sources will be used to compare timing of avian spring migration in the central flyway to mean minimum spring temperature.

Travel Awards

Student Name
Faculty Mentor
Project Title
Andrew Christiano Geosciences Dr. Ali Determining paleoenvironmental conditions of Late-Cambrian to Pennsylvanian sediments from the Central Kansas Uplift using trace element analysis The objectives of this study were to identify and characterize the major facies, describe paleodepositional conditions, and establish a chemostratigraphic succession of the interval.
Cyrus Green Geosciences Dr. Wilson Long Bone Histology of Clidastes (Mosasauridae): Implications for Growth Rates in Early Mosasaurs This project uses osteohistology, the study of bone microstructure, to examine the internal microstructure of Clidastes limb anatomy to ascertain growth patterns and rates. Clidastes (Squamata: Mosasauridae) was an early genus of small mosasaurs that lived in the Western Interior Seaway that covered Kansas during the Late Cretaceous.
Muhammad Karim Geosciences Dr. Ali Characterizing deformation in sedimentary structures of oil fields using 2D profiles from well log and potential field data in parts of south central Kansas Potential field data was used to interpret the basement structures and well data was used to investigate the deformation within sedimentary layers in parts of south central Kansas.
Earl Legleiter Advanced Education Programs Dr. Adams Next Generation Science Standards Transition Learning Center (NGSS - TLC) The purpose of this activity is to plan and develop a center at Fort Hays State University to provide technical assistance to school district and teachers as they transition to the new science standards.
Seonjin Na English Dr. Fields Improving international students' writing at Fort Hays State University writing center This presentation will provide some tips on how writing centers can offer intensive and focused assistance for international students' writing.
Olasunmade Ogunsegha Geosciences Dr. Ali Petrophysical and Paleo-environmental Assessment of a Mississippian Rock Interval from Central Kansas, (Mid Continent-US) Using Thin Sections The objective is to evaluate the porosity, permeability, mineralogy, and grain textures and distribution from a Mississippian age core interval and to determine characteristics rock facies of the interval.
Kyle Sramek Leadership Studies Dr. Whitaker Association of Leadership Educators Conference Grant Application This presentation will provide information our research into degree granting programs in Leadership Studies.
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