Apply for the OSU Undergraduate Library Research Award ($1,500)

The ability to perform research for useful and relevant information is vital to academic success, professional potential, and effective civic participation. We believe that the development of sound library research skills should be an integral part of a robust undergraduate experience.  OSU Libraries recognize the need to inspire, support and highlight excellent research, critical thinking, and self-reflection skills at the undergraduate level.

The OSU Undergraduate Library Research Award does not simply examine the product of research (a paper or project). The award emphasizes the importance of understanding and reflecting upon the process of developing a topic and research strategy in order to locate, evaluate and use the best information possible.

We encourage all eligible undergraduates who have recently completed research for course credit or faculty-sponsored independent study to apply.

Awards will be given in the following two categories:

  • Underclassmen (less than 60 credit hours) | $1,500 and $750 Honorable Mention
  • Upperclassmen (60 or more credit hours) | $1,500 and $750 Honorable Mention

For more information, visit Bit.ly/2014ulra or contact Matt Upson.

Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014 at 5 p.m.

OSU Awarded $1.1 Million to Fund Scholarships and Internships

The National Science Foundation has awarded Oklahoma State University a $1.1 million grant to provide Mathematics and Science Robert Noyce Scholarships. The grant will be used to recruit future secondary mathematics and science teachers and support them with scholarship funds, internship opportunities, and professional development during their initial years of teaching.

Funds from the grant will be used to award $10,000 scholarships annually for 12 juniors and seniors who are pursuing degrees in biological science, chemistry, geology, mathematics or physics with teacher certification. Interested students should visit the OSUTeach website (osuteach.okstate.edu) for more information about opportunities available through this grant, including summer internships for freshmen and sophomores.  Continue reading…

Mandatory FRS Meeting Notice: Ethics Seminar on Nov. 4

Ethics Seminar | Tuesday, Nov. 4 (5-6 p.m.) in 214 Classroom Building

Dr. Shelia Kennison, Professor of Psychology and Institutional Review Board (IRB) Chair, will lead a short seminar on ethics in research.

WIN A PRIZE: Students who complete OSU’s online training program in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) will be entered into a drawing for a prize at the seminar.  To enter, please bring a printed copy of your RCR training completion certificate to the seminar.  For information about RCR Training refer to http://compliance.vpr.okstate.edu/Ethical/ethical-index.aspx.

This is a mandatory event for all FRS scholarship recipients.  In the event of a verifiable scheduling conflict, students must arrange a meeting with FRS Director, Tim O’Neil (334 Student Union, 405-744-7313, tim.oneil@okstate.edu) to maintain eligibility for the program scholarship.  FRS should not skip class to attend this meeting.

Meeting Date Change: Wentz Research Info. Session Moved to Oct. 21

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Wentz Research Information Session and Proposal Workshop will now take place on Tuesday, Oct. 21 (6-7 p.m.) in 102 North Classroom Building.  Please amend your calendars.

The Wentz Research Grant program has been making a big difference in OSU students’ academic and professional lives for many years and is nationally known as a model of undergraduate research excellence.  This year the Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research is hosting a discussion on how to prepare an effective application for this competitive program, which offers $4,500 awards to undergraduates in ALL MAJORS to design and implement a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

This is a mandatory event for all FRS scholarship recipients in lieu of the “Scholar Development Reception.”  In the event of a verifiable scheduling conflict, students must arrange a meeting with FRS Director, Tim O’Neil (334 Student Union, 405-744-7313, tim.oneil@okstate.edu) to maintain eligibility for the program scholarship.  FRS should not skip class to attend this meeting.

Mandatory FRS Meeting: Wentz Research Info. Session (Oct. 14)

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (6-7 p.m.) in 102 North Classroom Building

The Wentz Research Grant program has been making a big difference in OSU students’ academic and professional lives for many years and is nationally known as a model of undergraduate research excellence.  This year the Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research is hosting a discussion on how to prepare an effective application for this competitive program, which offers $4,500 awards to undergraduates in ALL MAJORS to design and implement a research project with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

This is a mandatory event for all FRS scholarship recipients in lieu of the “Scholar Development Reception.”  In the event of a verifiable scheduling conflict, students must arrange a meeting with FRS Director, Tim O’Neil (334 Student Union, 405-744-7313, tim.oneil@okstate.edu) to maintain eligibility for the program scholarship.  FRS should not skip class to attend this meeting.

Posters on the Hill – Call for Undergraduate Research Presentations

Application Period: Sept. 2-Nov. 5, 2014

As the undergraduate research community works to ensure that those in the U.S. Congress have a clear understanding of the research and education programs they fund, nothing more effectively demonstrates the value of undergraduate research than a student participant’s words, work, and stories. Undergraduate research must be among the programs that members of Congress understand if it is to continue to be supported, and to grow.

Students and their faculty mentors are invited to apply for the Council on Undergraduate Research’s (CUR) 19th annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill. In addition to other events, there will be an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by these programs.

Students: The Council on Undergraduate Research invites you to submit an abstract for the 19th Annual Posters on the Hill. Your research should represent one of CUR’s Divisions (Arts and Humanities, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geosciences, Health Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Psychology, and Social Sciences). Abstract submissions should describe your research, scholarship, or creative activity and discuss its significance to society (i.e. what larger issues or problems were you trying address or understand?; how does your work relate to current policy issues?).

Please visit the website for more information about the submission process and Posters on the Hill program. Questions? Please contact Mary Pat Twomey, Manager for Student Programs, at mptwomey@cur.org.

 Applications due Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Truman, Goldwater & Udall Scholarship Applications Now Available

Oklahoma State University is allowed to nominate a limited number of students to compete for the following national scholarships.  To apply, please follow the directions on the institutional nomination information sheet.

Please visit the Scholar Development office (334 Student Union) and speak casually to Josh Ward or Tim O’Neil about your experiences, background, and potential suitability for these awards.  This may be very motivating or may save you some time.  To schedule an appointment, e-mail Cathy Lopez at schdev@okstate.edu.


HARRY S. TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP
UP TO $30,000 FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

Created by Congress for those who intend to pursue careers in public service, defined as “Employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service oriented non-profit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment.”

Eligibility:

  • You are/have:  One more year left of full-time undergraduate study after 2014-2015 academic year (usually that means you are junior), a U.S. citizen, at least a 3.6 GPA, and plans to attend graduate school.
  • You also have one or two passions relating to public service (as broadly defined above) where it is very clear that you have not only been actively involved in your passion but have truly become a champion for it at the local, state, national, or international level.

Visit www.truman.gov and read as much of the information as possible before applying.


BARRY M. GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP
UP TO $7,500 FOR UNDERGRADUATE EXPENSES

Created by Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater and to encourage excellence in the areas of science, engineering, or mathematics/computer science.

Eligibility:

  • You are/have:  One or two years left of full-time undergraduate study after the 2014-2015 academic year (usually that means you are a sophomore or junior), a U.S. citizen/perm. resident, at least a 3.8 GPA, and have plans to attend graduate school in the fields above (professional schools excluded).
  • You also have a very strong record of undergraduate research in one of the above fields as demonstrated by ongoing/completed projects, reports, presentations, publications, etc.

Visit goldwater.scholarsapply.org and read as much as possible before applying.


MORRIS K. AND STEWART L. UDALL SCHOLARSHIP
UP TO $5,000 FOR UNDERGRADUATE EXPENSES

Created by Congress to honor Congressman Morris K. Udall and later to include Stewart L. Udall and to award students with career aspirations related to the environment and sustainability.  The award is also available to Native American and Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in native health care or tribal public health policy.

Eligibility:

  • You are/have:  One or two years left of full-time undergraduate study after the 2014-2015 academic year (usually that means you are a sophomore or junior), a U.S. citizen/perm. resident, at least a 3.3 GPA, and have plans to attend graduate or professional school in the fields above.
  • You also have a very strong record of undergraduate research OR public service in one of the above fields as demonstrated by ongoing/completed projects, reports, presentations, publications, etc.

Visit www.udall.gov and read as much of the information as possible before applying.


SUBMIT ALL MATERIALS FOR INSTITUTIONAL NOMINATION BY
5:00pm October 31, 2014

Apply for OSU’s $1,000 Book Collecting Essay Prize

THE PRIZE
The Book Collecting Essay Prize is awarded as a $1,000 scholarship (disbursed Spring 2015) and a two-year OSU Friends of the Library membership each to one undergraduate and one graduate student winner.

ABOUT
The 2nd Annual Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research Book Collecting Essay Prize is a scholarship competition that encourages students to think critically about relationships between and among books. The prize is also a unique opportunity to develop competitive personal essay writing and open-format interview skills.

ESSAY EVALUATION CRITERIA
The book collection described may be either real (in possession of the student) or proposed (not in possession of the student). Both types of collections are weighted equally by the prize selection panel. You may define and describe your collection according to any criteria from author(s) and time period(s) to geographic area(s) and genre(s) and so forth. Your essay must demonstrate creativity with regards to the criteria that bind together your collection. Essays must also demonstrate in error-free prose both unique insight and intelligence. No minimum or maximum number of books is required, nor is preference given to larger collections.

ELIGIBILITY
All current Oklahoma State University undergraduate and graduate students in any major are encouraged to apply.

DEADLINE
E-mail due by 5:00pm CST Friday, November 7, 2014.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY

OSU Welcomes 60 to the Freshman Research Scholars Program

Sixty incoming Oklahoma State University freshmen from 10 states have each received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue an early, hands-on introduction to university-level research this year. Representing 33 majors from aerospace engineering to zoology, the students will participate in the Freshman Research Scholars (FRS) program which has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for excellence in undergraduate research programming.

In this unique first-look at academic inquiry, students expand their education beyond the classroom by engaging in cutting-edge research under the guidance of some of the most innovative faculty on campus. FRS students learn basic research ethics and methodology while working closely with their mentors and graduate assistants to design and conduct projects that the students choose.

“My mentor personally taught me all of the new research techniques and is always willing to take the time to help me better understand my topic and let me fully participate in research without babying me,” said Sydnee Homeyer, a biochemistry major.

“We want to give students a significant research experience so they can take full advantage of all that a comprehensive research university has to offer before they graduate,” said Tim O’Neil, Undergraduate Research Coordinator in The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research. “This early introduction is an important part of a broader initiative to increase undergraduate research in all fields of study—not just the laboratory sciences.”

OSU also offers many opportunities for students of all majors and classifications to continue their research beyond the first year. Robust, nationally-recognized undergraduate research programs at OSU include the Lew Wentz Research Program ($4,500 scholarships for up to 50 students annually) and the Niblack Research Scholars ($8,000 scholarships for up to 12 students annually). Through these programs, former Freshman Research Scholars have been awarded more than $120,000 in research funding for the current academic year.

“Of course, you don’t have to participate in a formal program to find receptive faculty at OSU who are ready to mentor interested students in research,” added O’Neil. “Our faculty makes OSU a truly vibrant community for young scholars with big questions.”

“My mentor helped me so much my freshman year and he is still completely willing to support my growth and advancement as a person and a researcher,” explained Susan Pham, biochemistry major.”He helped me through so many struggles whether academic, research or life-related. It really is a blessing that I found him as a mentor.”

For more information about the Freshman Research Scholars program and other undergraduate research opportunities at Oklahoma State University, please contact The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research at 334 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078, 405-744-7313, tim.oneil@okstate.edu or visit us online at http://www.okstate.edu/scholars.​

Click for a list of the 2014-15 Freshman Research Scholars

OSU Researchers Awarded $100,000 OCAST Grant

Two researchers at Oklahoma State University will be helping develop more effective pest management approaches with a nearly $100,000 grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST).

Dr. Kristen Baum, associate professor of zoology, and Dr. Kris Giles, professor of entomology and plant pathology, were awarded the grant for a project titled “The Interaction of Pollinators and Pest Management Strategies in Increasing Production in a Field Generation Biofuel Crop.” The project was one of three to receive funding out a field of 29 applications that were independently peer reviewed and ranked.

The project will evaluate the effect of insecticide applications in winter canola fields on native bees, winter canola seed set and field-level production. The results are expected to help develop approaches to pest management that consider both the conservation of pollinators and control of insect pests.  Continue reading…