Research, Grants and Innovation

Communication Students



Students in the Department of Communication at Pittsburg State University have been working to develop the first “PSU Campus-Community Green Guide” with input from the Pittsburg business community and the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Full story



scientist with battery



Scientists at the Kansas Polymer Research Center have invented a new kind of battery that is more eco-friendly. While that’s good news, equally good news is that they invented it by transforming a product that is plentiful in the heartland: soy. Or rather, crop residue after soybeans have been harvested. Full story



Undergrad Research


It’s now the turn of undergraduates at Pittsburg State University to be spotlighted in a statewide showcase to inform lawmakers and the public about the educational research being done on campuses across the state. Typically held in the Capitol Rotunda at the statehouse in Topeka, this year's Capitol Undergraduate Research Summit will be held virtually on March 2-4.
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Kaitlin Barnett


A Pittsburg State University graduate student is celebrating a first-place, statewide win for her role in research focused on COVID-19 health information in the Four States. Kaitlin Barnett spent last semester with advisor Alicia Mason studying where people in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma were seeking and obtaining information about COVID-19 in the early days of the pandemic.
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Polymer Center



Scientists at the Kansas Polymer Research Center, housed in the Tyler Research Center at Pittsburg State University were awarded three grants totaling almost $150,000 to fund cutting edge research on the production of polymers from soybean oil.  
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lab students



Research by graduate students from Pittsburg State University’s Chemistry and Communication departments will be spotlighted in a prestigious statewide competition designed to show lawmakers and the public the quality of educational research being done on campuses across the state. 
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Materials Sciences



The first three students to graduate from a unique new program at Pittsburg State University are celebrating that milestone this month, with an eye toward careers that are in high demand and that pay above-average starting salaries. 
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Comm Awards



Pittsburg State University students majoring in communication as part of the Media Production program captured first place in the nation for their live sports broadcast of the game.
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Hawk Evergy Grant

A $10,000 grant award from Evergy to Pittsburg State University’s Nature Reach program will help fund the Raptor Ambassadors Improved Housing project built by the Westar Green Team in 2007 and 2011.
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Dental School

Graduates of Pittsburg State University who are pursuing a career in dentistry will be able to complete their degrees in fewer years and do so closer to home, thanks to a new partner program agreement with Kansas City University.
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For a second year, Pittsburg State University students are collecting data for a national project by the Smithsonian Institution that will paint a picture of the diversity of mammal life across the U.S.
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Polymer Scientist

A three-year, $2.39 million grant awarded to the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University
is aimed at developing new technologies that would diversify the regional workforce, support business
relocations and start-ups, and result in new career opportunities.
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