FRANKFORT, KY — Combine Kentucky universities, STEM research, along with a mix of legislators, and it is a recipe for excitement for KSU student D’Andre Garrison, who is majoring in Agriculture, Food and Environment. Garrison calls his experience on February 25 at the Posters-at-the-Capitol “priceless.”

“I would go again and again. I love representing Kentucky State University in a positive way,” he says. “Just having the opportunity to be around so many people that have the same interest as me and all those senators and politicians was priceless.”

Dandra Garrison

Sen. Julian Carroll congratulates KSU student D’Andre Garrison at the Kentucky State Capitol.

Posters-at-the-Capitol is an annual event at the State Capitol, held to educate the Kentucky State Legislators of the importance of undergraduate research and scholarly work. The Governor proclaims the day to be Undergraduate Research Day across the Commonwealth thus providing students the opportunity to showcase at the Kentucky State Capitol building, projects involving cutting-edge research and scholarly achievements.

The Governor, members of the General Assembly and representatives are able to engage directly with some of Kentucky’s high-achieving students. Although considered topics included were only within the sciences at one time, currently all areas of research and scholarly work are showcased at this event.

Garrison, who presented his project “Assessing Water Quality and Land Cover Change Kentucky River Watershed,” was congratulated State Senator and former Gov. Julian Carroll, the namesake of the Academic Services Building on KSU’s campus. He says that he was fortunate to see other student projects and learn from their discoveries. Garrison also used the event to tour the historic building, talk with potential employers and learn more about the memorials and statues, he says.

“I also had time to witness a live protest in front of the Capitol,” he says. “The entire day was filled with activities and surprises.”