Four Shawnee Mission East graduate are among 70 University of Kansas students selected for honors in two college programs this week.
Bahar Barani of Overland Park and Emily Donovan of Westwood are two of the 20 KU sophomores to be named University Scholars for Spring 2014. The University Scholars program recognizes students based on their academic records, intellectual potential and evaluations by instructors. The program is open to applications from second-year students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or above. Each student receives a scholarship and is assigned a faculty mentor.
Barani, who is majoring in biochemistry, is the daughter of Fakhri Ghaden and Abbos Barani. She will be mentored by Adrianne Kunkel in the communication studies department.
Donovan, an English major, is the daughter of Peggy and Jim Donovan. She will be mentored by Pamela Fine, the Knight Chair in News, Leadership, and Community.
Two additional northeast Johnson County natives are among the 50 KU students tapped for Undergraduate Research Awards. The awards provide $1,000 per student to fund their research initiatives. Each students submitted a four-page application describing their proposed research project, and will work with the guidance of a faculty advisor.
The NEJC students are:
- Sam Buchanan, a Fairway native and senior majoring in electrical engineering. His research project will be entitled “Active-Target Multistatic Receiver Digital Section for CReSIS Radar Calibration.
- Kristin Miller, a Leawood native and senior majoring in applied behavioral science and communication studies. Her research project will be entitled: “Increasing Young Children’s Compliance with Essential-Routine Procedures: Acquisition, Maintenance, and Generalization.”