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May 17, 2007 :: OSU Student Honored for Article About Oklahoma Research

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Before a crowd of Oklahoma researchers and scientists, Oklahoma State University student Whitney Danker was honored Thursday for her journalism coverage about scientific advances in our state.

Danker received the Oklahoma Sci-Tech Student Reporting Award, the top prize in a competition for Oklahoma student journalists covering science news. Along with her recognition and certificate, she also received a $300 cash prize.

Danker was recognized for her article, “Ethanol Plant to Open in Enid,” which ran in March in the Daily O’Collegian, the student newspaper on the OSU campus in Stillwater. Danker said she wrote the article to increase public awareness of an ethanol plant near the OSU campus and the environmental contributions it could make in the future.

The award competition was sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and Oklahoma EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research), a program funded by grants from the National Science Foundation.

Danker is a junior agricultural communications major at OSU. She is the daughter of Dwayne and Lisa Danker from Wellston.

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CUTLINE: OSU student Whitney Danker receives the Oklahoma Sci-Tech Student Reporting Award from Dr. Frank Waxman, state program director of Oklahoma EPSCoR. Danker won the award for a news article she wrote about a new ethanol plant in Enid.