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April 12, 2006 :: College Students Showcase Research Projects to State Lawmakers

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Oklahoma undergraduate students, hand-selected by their colleges and universities, competed in a scientific poster competition as part of the annual Research Day at the Capitol festivities held recently at the State Capitol.

Students presented projects addressing a variety of research topics to legislators, ranging from tornado detection and milk production to treatments for osteoarthritis and cancer.

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 and to inform the general public about how this research relates to and impacts their communities.

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the National Science Foundation sponsor Research Day at the Capitol.

Organizers invited Oklahoma colleges and universities to nominate outstanding research projects conducted by undergraduate students. Twenty-two students, nominated by 16 institutions, received $250 stipends from Oklahoma EPSCoR to prepare and present their scientific research posters at the State Capitol.

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

For further information on Research Day at the Capitol 2006 activities, contact Shelley D. Wear, special programs coordinator in the Oklahoma EPSCoR office, at 405.225.9287 or swear@osrhe.edu.