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March 30, 2005 :: Oklahoma Undergraduate Research Showcased to State Legislature

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College students from across the state recently showcased their research projects at the State Capitol as part of Research Day. The annual event, inaugurated in 1996, was developed to showcase the outstanding undergraduate research being conducted at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the National Science Foundation annually sponsor Research Day. Walker Companies of Oklahoma City served as co-sponsor for this year’s event.

Organizers invited Oklahoma colleges and universities to nominate outstanding research projects conducted by undergraduate students. Eighteen students, nominated by twelve institutions, received a $250 stipend from Oklahoma EPSCoR to prepare and present their scientific research posters at the State Capitol. The event is an effort to inform the Legislature and the general public about the high-quality research taking place in Oklahoma’s institutions of higher education.

Many students were visited by their districts’ state representatives. Additionally, students’ posters were competitively judged by an independent panel who selected the top four research projects to receive the following awards:

For further information on Research Day 2005 activities, contact Shelley D. Wear, special programs coordinator in the Oklahoma EPSCoR office, at 405.225.9287 or swear@osrhe.edu.