Research, Grants and Innovation

Worsley brothers


Paul Worsley is a biology pre-med major and the lead researcher for a project that seeks to find a better way to deliver cancer fighting drugs. And his twin brothers Adam and Caleb, a biochemistry major and a cellular and molecular biology major, are part of his team. 
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soybean field


A $1.4 million federal grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology will help the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University develop and promote new polymeric materials and plastics processing capabilities — all with an eye toward creating new jobs in the region. 
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soy-based golf ball


Missouri’s soybean farmers are seeing new opportunities on the greens with their investment into the future of a soy-based golf ball — a ball that is getting its start at the Kansas Polymer Research Center at Pittsburg State University, where students in the Polymer Chemistry Initiative learn alongside scientists. 
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 Clean energy


Isabella Earp came to Pittsburg State University two days each week to work along scientists. Their quest: to find clean and renewable energy sources that could have a dramatic impact on the world’s carbon emissions. Full story




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. 
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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. Full story



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. Full story



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. Full story



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. Full story



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 gameFull story



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. Full story