Research Showcase

Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase

This event showcases research and creative inquiry activities of undergraduate students in the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering at Kansas State University. It provides participants the opportunity to share their work with fellow students, faculty, staff and industry partners. Alumni, colleagues and industry partners from across the country and world are invited to engage with engineering undergraduates in this virtual event by serving as judges.

Important dates
Registration closes

April 9

All materials due in Canvas

April 16




Registration will be open through April 9, 2021, via Qualtrics the following information required:

  • Personal data — first and last name, email address, WID number
  • Department
  • Class standing
  • Adviser(s) name(s)
  • Research focus area
  • Poster title
  • Any co-authors’ names and departments
  • Abstract

Competition requirements

Applicants must upload by April 16 on the Canvas, 2021 Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase (2021 UG RCIS), a complete formatted abstract, digital poster and three-minute video explaining their work. They will receive a Canvas course invitation upon registration. Additional formatting and submission requirements follow.


Abstracts are to be no longer than 250 words using an 11-pt., Times New Roman font. The abstract Word file is to be uploaded by April 16 in Canvas, 2021 Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase (2021 UG RCIS).

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Participants must use one of four PowerPoint poster templates. Poster content is to be written as to be understood by a general engineer, and be uploaded by April 16 in PDF format in Canvas, 2021 Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase (2021 UG RCIS).

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Video presentation

Participants are required to provide a three-minute video recording explaining their poster and research activity. Videos must be uploaded by April 16 in Canvas, 2021 Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry Showcase (2021 UG RCIS).

Judging and awards

Participants will be judged on their abstract, poster and video presentation. Virtual judging will take place prior to posters being displayed within the engineering complex beginning April 29, 2021. Winning entries will be awarded $500, $400 and $300 scholarships for first, second and third places, respectively.

Contact information

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2021 results

1st place

Ashton Gohman, junior, chemical engineering, Spatiotemporal Dynamic Modeling of Planar Solid Oxide Fuel Cells; research advisor: Davood Pourkargar, assistant professor, chemical engineering

2nd place

Elizabeth Seidl, junior, biological systems engineering, Phytic Acid: A Plant-based Purification Strategy; research advisor: Lisa Wilken, associate professor, biological and agricultural engineering

3rd place

Carlos Espino-Mendez, junior, architectural engineering, Performance of a Refrigeration System Using R-134a Alternative Refrigerants; research advisor: Melanie Derby, associate professor, mechanical and nuclear engineering

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