Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
December 2009 Vol 1, Issue 2
Undergraduate Student 3
Undergraduate Student Research News
In Oklahoma Higher Education
Dear Faculty and Students,
Mason GWI05
This newsletter is designed to give you information about Oklahoma students and programs of undergraduate research. We hope you learn a lot and share with others. Congratulations to those who participate in these challenging experiences! You can send us stories about your own projects. And if you received this newsletter from someone else and would like to receive your own, just let me know at lmason@osrhe.edu.

Dr. Linda Mason
OSRHE Coordinator for Grant Writing
UCO Students Win Campus Undergraduate Research Grants
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At UCO,  undergraduate students may win campus funding for their research, creative and scholarly projects. The College of Education and Professional Studies students submitted 28 proposals, the highest number of student submissions of any college; Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) submitted 7; Business Administration (CBA) submitted 5; Liberal Arts (LA) submitted 10, and Mathematics & Science (CMS) submitted 22. These students wrote proposals for original research to be conducted with a faculty mentor.
In This Issue
UCO Undergraduate Student Research Grants
OSU Undergraduate Student Research
Langston University Student Entrepreneurs
Who Wants to Be An Entrepreneur?
ECU Student Externships
ECU Students Present Research
Brad Henry International Scholars
ECU Political Science Senior Wins Award
OU Students in Bangladesh
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OSU Undergraduate Student Research
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At OSU, several programs are making a big difference in how our students experience undergraduate study.  Wentz Research Projects make substantial awards available every year for 50 students who submit high quality proposals for work to be done with a faculty mentor.  OSU is now offering winners of Wentz awards an extra (third) semester of financial support, hoping that more time will allow them to publish results and take part in institutes and internships.

Specialized areas are represented with other programs like the Niblack scholarships, which encourage a year of study with the supervision of not only faculty but graduate students, fall, spring, and summer.
Knowing that a quick start is the key not only to good retention but also prestigious awards, graduate school admission, and jobs farther down the line, OSU also has refined a popular Freshman Research Program. Administered centrally (see "Scholar Development and Recognition" on the OSU web-site) and managed jointly with undergraduate colleges, each of which receives scholarship funds for their best new students, the program attracts high quality students and ensures outstanding retention rates.  During the fall semester, the college presents an orientation to research for participants and helps them identify mentors for an introductory research project, conducted in the spring.  Various occasions to display their work are made available, and those who perform at a high level receive other incentives, such as travel to a professional conference of their choice to display their work.
The value of all this is clear to see, as the majority of the fifty OSU winners of major national and international awards in the last fifteen years have been recipients of Wentz funding, and the last four winners of Goldwater Scholarships have begun their careers at OSU in the Freshman Research Program.
Langston University Student Entrepreneurs Win Grants
RaShaun RobinsonDrew Brown

Two Langston University students used their entrepreneurial skills to win $10,000 grants to launch their prospective companies. RaShaun Robinson and Drew Brown were among four students out of 53 applicants who received the Student Entrepreneur Grant from the Thurgood Marshall Fund. The grant encourages young entrepreneurs to develop business concepts. Robinson, 20, and Brown, 26, submitted their business concepts to the grant committee.

Robinson's concept was to create a company that specializes in organic ice cream from goat milk that has less fat, more vitamins, more calcium and is easier for the body to digest. The business is named The Billy Goat Ice Cream Co. The reasons they chose goat ice cream were because everyone likes ice cream and Langston University is known for goat research. Robinson will collaborate with Langston's E (Kika) de la Garza American Institute for Goat Research to produce the ice cream as an outsourced entity. The ice cream flavors will include chocolate, vanilla, Jack Daniel's, pecan praline, pina colada and strawberry cheesecake.
Brown's business concept was to use Mother Nature to create an environmentally friendly source of energy. The company is named B&E Better Energy for the Future. Brown will supply wind turbines for homes on one or more acres of land. The wind turbines will restrict pollution and decrease a homeowner's electricity bill by 50 to 90 percent.
Who Wants to be an Entrepreneur?

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Recently, 200 Oklahoma college students and faculty advisors and others attending the "Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur" workshop, sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR. More than half plan to enter the 2010 Donald W. Reynolds Governor's Cup Business Plan competition. The competition, now in its sixth year, has launched scores of young Oklahoma entrepreneurs on the career quest to engage in entrepreneurial enterprises.
In recent months, i2E has taken the message of entrepreneurship to campuses at Rogers State in Claremore and Cameron University in Lawton, and at the offices of Rural Enterprises Inc. in Durant, where lively entrepreneurial communities are thriving.  Audiences included a mix of faculty, economic development professionals and entrepreneurs who are working to commercialize products in settings far outside Oklahoma's metropolitan areas.
Undaunted by the long odds they faced, they shared with us a strong belief in their ability to turn their passion into a commercial success. It was a refreshing attitude in a time when others across the nation have pulled their bait out of the water and gone home.
This is the entrepreneurial spirit that typifies our Oklahoma heritage. We continue to help spread it around.
Tom Walker is president and CEO of i2E, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that mentors many of the state's technology-based start-up companies. i2E receives state appropriations from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.
ECU Student Externships
ECU - COSTEP Four environmental health science majors at East Central University have been selected to participate in federal externships through the U.S. Public Health Service's Commissioned Officer Student Training Extern Program (COSTEP). The Commissioned Corps is one of the seven uniformed services and is led by the surgeon general of the United States.

The students, shown in the picture, will start their assignments in May. They are Billy Porter, a junior from Ada, assigned to the IHS in Santa Fe, N.M.; Tyler Jackson, a junior from Lilburn, Ga., assigned to the Navajo Area IHS in Fort Defiance, Arizona.; Mistin Ray, a junior from Choctaw, assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS) in Fairbanks, Alaska; and Paul Eaton, a junior from Yukon, assigned to the Oklahoma City Area IHS. They will be commissioned as ensigns during their three-month tours.

An externship is one of ECU's requirements for completing a degree in environmental health science. The selection process into the COSTEP program is highly competitive. Only students from accredited undergraduate programs in environmental health science like ECU's are eligible to participate. Dr. Patrick O. Bohan, ECU associate professor of environmental health science and a retired captain in the USPHS directs the program. ECU students learn about theory and practice in such areas as occupational health and safety, food protection, air and water quality, hazardous waste, toxicology, community health and epidemiology. The ECU Environmental Health Science Program has placed more graduates in the environmental health category of the Commissioned Corps than any other institution in the country. Congratulations ECU!

To learn more about the Environmental Health Sciences Program at ECU, contact Dr. Doug Weirick, Department Chair, at 580-559-5548.
ECU Students Present Research
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Four East Central University students presented research at the Alpha Chi national college honor society's 2009 biennial national convention in April in Indianapolis, Ind

Jacobi Nichols, a senior from Healdton, submitted two works in the political science category. Nichols presented a poster titled "Westside Stories: Political Profiles and Political Community at the Grassroots Level" and a paper, "Oklahoma Native American Students' Political Attitudes and Participation: A Comparative Study of 2004 and 2005."
Also presenting a poster was Rachael Bryant, a senior psychology major from Ada. Bryant's poster was "Stigma of Mental Illness."
Shae Parmer, a junior history major from Tecumseh, presented "Women's Right to Vote: Virgin Voters Empowered."
Patrick Tadlock, a junior political science major from Elmore City, presented a paper on "U.S. House of Representatives and British House of Commons: The Real Story Behind the Incumbency Advantage."
Attending with the students were Dr. Christine Pappas, Associate Professor of Political Science, and Rebecca Gatz, Instructor of Communication, sponsors for the ECU chapter. I

In the photo above from left to right are Shae Parmer, Patrick Tadlock, Jacobi Nichols, Dr. Christine Pappas and Rachael Bryant.
Seven Oklahoma Students Named Brad Henry International Scholars
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Seven students from Oklahoma's regional universities have been named Brad Henry International Scholars and will spend the spring 2010 semester participating in an international study and internship program at Swansea University in Wales.

Echo Adcock, Southeastern Oklahoma State University,
Lindsey "Dare" Chronister, East Central University; Taylor Hildenbrand and Zachary Hurley, University of Central Oklahoma; Andrea Jones, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Brian Lunk, Rogers State University, and Andrea Morgan, Langston University, Langston, were chosen by their institutions for the international study program, which was established by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education in June 2008.

The State Regents provide a $10,000 stipend for students selected to participate in semester-long study or research programs affiliated with Swansea University. Academic credit for these programs will be awarded by Oklahoma regional universities.

Hildenbrand and Hurley will intern with the National Assembly for Wales. Hildenbrand is pursuing dual bachelor's degrees in marketing and political science at UCO with the goal of serving in an elected office. Hurley currently studies organizational communication with a minor in leadership at UCO.

Adcock, Chronister, Jones and Morgan will participate in the study-abroad program at Swansea University. Adcock is a senior double majoring in biology and chemistry at Southeastern. Chronister is working toward a bachelor's in kinesiology and a minor in education from ECU. Jones is a senior at USAO majoring in English with minors in Spanish and liberal arts. Lunk is majoring in global humanities with a minor in English at RSU.
ECU Political Science Senior Wins Award
Patrick Tadlock of Elmore City, a senior political science major at East Central University, was awarded the Best Undergraduate Paper award at the 2009 Oklahoma Political Science Association Conference.
The winning paper, "All Deliberate Speed: Oklahoma City Public Schools' Journey from Brown to Board of Education of Oklahoma City v. Dowell, 1955-1991," detailed Dr. Robert Dowell's protracted legal battle for integration of the Oklahoma City Public Schools. The Supreme Court's 1991 ruling effectively ended the federal court system's mandate for integration.
Tadlock is ECU's candidate for this year's Nigh Leadership Academy held at the Oklahoma State Capitol each spring. The OPSA conference was held at ECU in November.
OU Students to Spend Break Training Others Overseas
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Two University of Oklahoma students are planning to spend a week of their winter break training journalists in Bangladesh. Senior Hailey Branson, graduate student Alex Page and faculty members of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication are scheduled to train with video journalists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from Jan. 4-11 as part of a U.S. State Department training program.
Branson is a Perry native who has never traveled overseas, spent the summer of 2008 as an intern at The Oklahoman, the spring semester writing and doing video work in Washington for Hearst Newspapers, and this past summer at the New York Times. And a great experience was had with the ;Perry Daily Journal at the beginning of her journalism career, at age 15 in the press room, putting newspaper inserts together.
Page, of Keller, Texas, completed her bachelor's degree in journalism earlier this year and now is a first-year graduate student in the Gaylord College. Her background is in broadcast journalism, having worked on "OU Nightly" and "Our Sports Pad" in addition to her two years at "SoonerVision."  
The students will travel with broadcast professor Ken Fischer, journalism professor Elanie Steyn, "OU Nightly" news director Bob Dickey, and veteran foreign correspondent Mike Boettcher, who is a visiting professor this academic year.
NCUR Front Page

"Meet me in Montana" for NCUR - April 15-17, 2010

Please encourage your students to join the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Missoula, Montana on April 15-17, 2010. Visit the website at http://www.umt.edu/ncur2010.