Meet student researchers!

Read about some of our former student cancer researchers! See examples of how their educational and career paths were enhanced by our undergraduate research training program, which provides personalized and unique, faculty-mentored research experience.

Student Davante Hammer in lab


Promising discoveries: Microbiology student does research to fight cancer, gain experience for future in medicine (pdf)

Davante Hammer, 2022 graduate in microbiology/pre-medicine, business minor



Kierra Holloman


Beyond the classroom: Biochemistry student works on molecular switch to kill cancer cells (pdf)

Kierra Holloman, 2021 junior in biochemistry



Mackenzie Thornton


Biology major wants to help solve the puzzle of cancer (pdf)

Mackenzie Thornton, 2020 graduate in microbiology/pre-medicine and 2019 Goldwater Scholar



Vaithish Valazhahan


Big dreams: Undergraduate wants to save lives through medicine and research (pdf)

Vaithish Velazhahan, 2018 graduate in microbiology/pre-medicine & medical biochemistry and Gates-Cambridge Scholar



Adam Schieferecke 2016


Undergraduate research opportunities create scientific foundation, new generation of cancer fighters (pdf)

Adam Schieferecke, 2017 graduate in microbiology & biochemistry and Goldwater nominee


Dr. Lori Kautzman


From cow brains to human kidneys: Transplant surgeon establishes cancer research scholarship in honor of her experience at K-State (pdf)

Lori Kautzman, MD, 1999 biology graduate