October 11, 2002


EVENT: UCO Research Day, Grand Ballroom, Nigh University Center
DATE: 8 a.m. - 3: 30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11


Nobel Laureates Dr. Herbert A. Hauptman and Dr. Jerome Karle will speak during the fourth annual Research Day for Regional Universities to be held at the University of Central Oklahoma on Friday, Oct. 11, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Nigh University Center.

Hauptman received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1985, and is a world-renowned mathematician. With more than 170 publications, his methods have changed the entire field of chemistry and have opened a new era in research to determine molecular structures of crystallized materials.

Karle also was a recipient of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1985. His research has resulted in new techniques for structural determination and a broad variety of applications. The Hauptman and Karle address following the Research Day luncheon will offer participants new perspectives to consider.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with Nobel Laureates,” said Dr. S. Narasinga Rao.
Rao, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research at UCO and chairman of the Council on Research for regional universities, is responsible for organizing and hosting this year’s Research Day.

Students and faculty from 16 Oklahoma colleges and universities will present 352 individual projects representing five disciplines: art, education, liberal arts, and math and science. The goal of the annual gathering involves sharing information and exchanging ideas in various fields of study.

“This event brings together a consortium of universities and colleges, all working together to promote education through research and presentation,” Rao said. “It strengthens both the student’s opportunity to learn and the universities’ opportunity to provide quality education for its students.”

For the first time since UCO has hosted the event, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) and the Experimental Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR) will host a Small Business Innovation Research workshop.

The workshop will provide the opportunity for selected students to make an oral presentation before a panel of experts, introducing their research and presenting a plan to turn their research into a business proposal.

“It is very exciting when hundreds of creative, curious people come together in one place to talk about new and interesting ideas,” Rao said. “And it’s especially exciting to have it happen here at UCO.”

OCAST, EPSCoR, General Motors of Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education are all joining to sponsor the event at UCO.

Undergraduate research is now recognized as a key element of educational reform for all undergraduate programs, according to the Council on Undergraduate Research, a national organization representing more than 870 colleges and universities.

UCO is taking the lead in this area, Rao said.

In 1999, the university established the Undergraduate Student Center for the Advancement of Research and Education (USCARE) with the goal of providing Oklahoma’s undergraduate students the opportunity to be involved with research activities.

Currently, more than 90 UCO students are officially involved in undergraduate research projects, Rao said.
For more information, call Rao at (405) 974-2524.

Contact: Charles Johnson, News Bureau Director (405) 974-2315