The Chapman Center Welcomes Their Spring 2018 Research Interns

The Chapman Center introduces you to the Spring 2018 interns. Read on to find out more about these students and the research they will be conducting during their internships. 

Nathan AndersonNathan Anderson

My name is Nathan Anderson and I am a Junior Studying History and Economics at Kansas State University and I intend on going to Law School following graduation. I was born in a small town in South Western Missouri, Buffalo, and I was raised there for 10 years until my family moved to Kansas City. I was first exposed to The Chapman Center for Rural Studies in my history 300 class, that I was lucky enough to take with Dr. Morgan. Through my immersion in local Kansas History I was able to develop a paper that went on to be Published by The Kansas Kin. At Kansas State University I am a proud member of a couple groups on campus. I proudly serve as the chapter president or “A” of the Kansas State Chapter of the Delta Chi Fraternity, I am also a member of the Economics Club. When I graduate from K-State I want to be able to look back at the positive impact I made on the University, the local community, and my fraternity chapter. At the time when I graduate, I wish to attend George Washington Law School in Washington D.C. and pursue a career in governmental law.

McKenzie CombesMcKenzie Combes

My name is McKenzie Combes and I am a senior earning a dual degree in History and Park Management and Conservation. I changed my major three times before finally deciding to study something I actually enjoyed. That decision stemmed from my passion for history and a love of the outdoors. At K-State I worked as a processing assistant in the Department of Special Collections and played on the club softball team for a couple years. Right now I work as a tutor for K-State Athletics. Hobbies of mine include reading, cooking, archery, and hunting. This semester I am researching baseball in rural communities with special interest in a game that was played between a local Manhattan team and the Kansas City Monarchs.

Nate ErnstNate Ernst

My name is Nate Ernst, and I am majoring in Kinesiology with a concentration in Biomechanics.  I plan to graduate in May 2019, and then pursue a Ph.D. in Biomechanics.  I transferred to Kansas State after suffering a career ending injury at Kansas City Kansas Community College, where I was a member of the baseball team.  However, I have rehabbed my way back, and am now a member of the Kansas State Club baseball team.  Baseball is unquestionably my favorite, but I also enjoy playing disc golf, snowboarding, fishing, and long hiking and camping trips in the mountains, essentially anything that will get me outdoors!  I am not the typical Chapman Center intern, in fact, I have only taken one history class before this.  Last fall, I enrolled in Lost Kansas Communities with Dr. Morgan, and absolutely loved it.  The class was a blend of my two favorite things, research and helping others.  So I am thrilled to be here and continue to uncover forgotten history from the best state in America!

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