Jay Patel, Ottawa, is one of 12 University of Kansas Global Scholars who will present research at the Global Scholars Symposium Saturday.

He is a graduate of Ottawa High School and the son of Sunil and Mitesha Patel.

The first KU Global Scholars cohort will present research at the the daylong symposium, coordinated by the Office of International Programs, which will showcase the seniors’ research on topics ranging from developmental disabilities in Kansas and Peru to herbal remedies in 20th century Slavic folklore.

The 12 students will serve on panels including a final roundtable panel with the entire group discussing their Global Scholars experiences. The event will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Alderson Auditorium at the Kansas Union.

“This symposium is a perfect example of the scholarly enterprise that Global Scholars was organized around,” Brent Steele, director for faculty programs, said. “The scholars represent the first cohort, whose interests are as innovative as they are creative and intellectually stimulating. This is a perfect way to showcase and share the undergraduates’ talents and promote KU’s mission as an international research university.”

Global Scholars recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and a strong academic record. The students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university. They were selected for their demonstrated interest in global and international studies, plans for studying abroad, and potential for continued high academic achievement and leadership. Each student participated in a three-hour seminar taught during the spring semester and was paired with a faculty mentor with similar interests during their undergraduate studies. Three cohorts are currently participating in the program.