Unique Infrared System at OSU Offers Powerful Research Tools

Oklahoma State University is now home to an advanced infrared (FTIR) system that integrates the latest infrared technologies for a broad range of multi-disciplinary research, including the fight against cancer.

“New technologies often lead to new discoveries in science,” said project leader Dr. Aihua Xie, a physics professor at OSU and fellow of the American Physical Society. “We expect that this advanced infrared system will open many new research opportunities for scientists in biology, chemistry, physics and engineering, not only at OSU but elsewhere in Oklahoma. We have already enrolled users from California and New York.”

At the core of the infrared system is a spectrometer, which produces an electromagnetic spectrum of light waves used to identify and study the chemical makeup of matter. FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) designates the type of measurement technique the spectrometer uses. The total system integrates more than 40 research instruments and accessories and is capable of performing eight different types of advanced FTIR experiments, enabling broad applications in multi-disciplinary research.

In addition to research, the system will be used to educate future scientists, engineers, and technicians. Stillwater high school students and OSU undergraduates will be offered the opportunity to access its infrared technologies as early as this fall if they enroll in a course on “Basic and Advanced Infrared Spectroscopy” that Xie will teach. The course information will soon to be posted on the facility website http://irsb.okstate.edu/. Continue reading…

REMINDER: Apply for a $750 Wentz Semester Research Grant

The Lew Wentz Foundation and Oklahoma State University are happy to provide one-semester $750 cash scholarships for undergraduates who wish to engage in a research project with a faculty mentor this fall.

Deadline: Friday, August 22, 2014

Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be undergraduates and have earned 12 credit hours at OSU with a 3.0 cumulative graduation/retention GPA.
  2. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Fall 2014 semester.  (It is encouraged that students arrange with their faculty mentors to receive academic credit for the research experience.)
  3. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.  (Research projects do not have to be in the applicant’s major.)
  4. Recipients of any other Wentz scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year are not eligible to apply.  (Note: The 2014-15 Freshman Research Scholars are not eligible to apply.)
  5. Funds will be disbursed to recipients’ Bursar accounts in the Fall 2014 semester.
  6. Wentz Semester Research Grant recipients are required to submit a poster of project results by the end of the award semester (Fall 2014) and are encouraged to participate in the Wentz Day poster session in the spring.

Learn More and Apply Now

Introducing Molly Drakeley from West Suffield, CT

Molly Drakeley was just awarded a $1,000 scholarship and spot in the prestigious Freshman Research Scholars program at Oklahoma State University where, starting in the fall, she will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.

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Major: Animal Science

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
Hi, My name is Molly and I cannot wait to come to OSU and meet so many new people perusing their passion through higher education! I am also very excited and blessed to have been given the opportunity of this freshman research. Overall, I am most excited to simply go to OSU!

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Plutoid

OSU football Coach Mike Gundy famously declared, “I’m a man! I’m 40!” When will you join the ranks of adulthood? How will you know?
On paper I will become an adult October 7th, 2014 when I turn 18, however, I do not believe that a specific date or length of time determines when one “joins the ranks of adulthood”. I believe, rather, that I will become an adult when I am put into a position that requires important decisions to be made through careful thought.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Which Mythbuster is most like you: Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant or Tory?
Adam Savage

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Ice Cream!

Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate or Dancing with the Stars?
Star Wars

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope that through this Freshman Research Scholarship I will be able to, in any degree, help the livestock industry.

Anything else we should know?
I am from West Suffield Connecticut and along with owning a Registered Shropshire Sheep herd, I started a small shearing company in 2010. I current shear anything from a Jacob sheep up to a llama anywhere throughout the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York. My current career aspiration is to become a Livestock Veterinarian, however, I do have a pretty storing entrepreneurial spirit and believe that I will continue to raise Shropshire sheep and hope to start my own pasture-raised lamb company.

Introducing Meredith McKnight from Broken Arrow, OK

Meredith McKnight was just awarded a $1,000 scholarship and spot in the prestigious Freshman Research Scholars program at Oklahoma State University where, starting in the fall, she will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.

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Major: Allied Health

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
Lots of fun, crazy memories, a little bit of knowledge, and no curfews!

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Planet

OSU football Coach Mike Gundy famously declared, “I’m a man! I’m 40!” When will you join the ranks of adulthood? How will you know?
I don’t think I’ll ever “grow up.” Yeah I might get old, but I never plan to lose that carefree, innocent fun that kids have. Long live kidhood!

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
The Grinch

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
Breathing under water. I love swimming, and I could go swim on reefs for forever. #forgetsnorkels

Which Mythbuster is most like you: Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant or Tory?
Adam Savage

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
Their eyes

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
PB & J

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
A glow in the dark stick person

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
A sea lion. They’re funny and can go swimming or chill out on the beach!

Star Wars, Star Trek, Stargate or Dancing with the Stars?
Star Trek

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I want to learn how to effectively research and find things that wouldn’t just pop up on Google.

Anything else we should know?
Jesus Christ is my strength, I love to laugh, and I’m terrified of spiders.

Present at the OSU Research Symposium for the Biological Sciences

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Graduate Student Association (BMBGSA) of Oklahoma State University is pleased to announce 11th  Annual Research Symposium for the Biological Sciences and would like to invite undergraduate and graduate students to participate.

This year our symposium will take place on September 18 and 19, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will include oral presentations from graduate students and poster presentations from both undergraduate and graduate students. Awards will be presented in both categories. Light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

The deadline to submit an abstract to present is August 31, 2014.  To submit visit http://biochemistry.okstate.edu/graduate-program/BMBGSA%20Symposium

Symposium guidelines are available here: http://biochemistry.okstate.edu/graduate-program/symposium-2014.

Apply for a $750 Wentz Semester Research Grant (Fall 2014)

The Lew Wentz Foundation and Oklahoma State University are happy to provide one-semester $750 cash scholarships for undergraduates who wish to engage in a research project with a faculty mentor this fall.

Deadline: Friday, August 22, 2014

Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines:

  1. Applicants must be undergraduates and have earned 12 credit hours at OSU with a 3.0 cumulative graduation/retention GPA.
  2. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours in the Fall 2014 semester.  (It is encouraged that students arrange with their faculty mentors to receive academic credit for the research experience.)
  3. Students in all majors are encouraged to apply.  (Research projects do not have to be in the applicant’s major.)
  4. Recipients of any other Wentz scholarship for the 2014-15 academic year are not eligible to apply.  (Note: The 2014-15 Freshman Research Scholars are not eligible to apply.)
  5. Funds will be disbursed to recipients’ Bursar accounts in the Fall 2014 semester.
  6. Wentz Semester Research Grant recipients are required to submit a poster of project results by the end of the award semester (Fall 2014) and are encouraged to participate in the Wentz Day poster session in the spring.

Learn More and Apply Now

OSU Selected for NASA Challenge for Fifth Year in a Row

NASA has selected Oklahoma State University as one of five universities to compete in its 2015 Exploration Habitat Academic Innovation Challenge, making OSU the only school to be selected each year since the challenge began five years ago.

“We’re honored to be the only university with the distinction of five consecutive years of involvement, which have provided challenging projects for students to design and for evaluation by NASA scientists and engineers. Though the funds are limited, we have made excellent use of the resources to establish a long-term program in deep space habitation at OSU,” said Jamey Jacob, an OSU aerospace engineering professor. “Partnering with Steve Mark’s NASA Education Program at OSU, we’ve also provided excellent outreach for students across the entire country.”

Each university has a specific project to work on for the challenge. OSU will develop a deployable greenhouse for food production on long-duration exploration missions, including the moon and Mars. Students from six departments across the OSU campus will work on the project as part of their senior design course.  Continue reading…

2014 FRS Colloquium Posters Available Online

The 2014 FRS Colloquium (April 18) was a celebration of scholarship featuring thirty-six presentations from the 2013-14 Freshman Research Scholars. With refreshments and live music provided by OSU students Carlton and Friends in the beautiful Edmon Low Library Browsing Room, the colloquium was a lively, engaging event for students, faculty mentors, friends, family and the greater OSU community to share in the joy of discovery.

Now the 2014 FRS Colloquium research posters are available online.  

TIP: Incoming and prospective FRS can browse the posters to see what kind of projects the 2013-14 group conducted and find out who served as their faculty mentors.

Former FRS, Five Others Earn NSF-Graduate Research Fellowships

Former FRS Katie Haning and five other Oklahoma State University students have been selected for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate fellowship programs in the United States.

The fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research and provides three years of financial support to pursue graduate work.

Three of the fellows, Ashley Love, Katharina Schreier and Michael Powers, will pursue their graduate degrees at OSU.

Three more students who earned fellowships, David Criswell, Katie Haning and Loma John Pendergraft, received their undergraduate degrees from OSU and plan to earn their graduate degrees out of state.

Each of the fellows will receive an annual stipend of $32,000 as well as a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for research and professional development, along with the freedom to conduct their own research. Continue reading…

OSU Receives $1.5 Million Grant to Promote Undergraduate Research

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) awarded Oklahoma State University a $1.5 million grant to implement a multi-disciplinary track for undergraduate research in the life sciences.  The grant originated from the 2014 HHMI Competition, the institute’s challenge to research universities to develop effective strategies that will lead to significant and sustained improvement in the persistence in science by all students, including those students who belong to groups underrepresented in science.

OSU’s program will be led by zoology professor Dr. Donald French with Drs. John Gelder, John Gustafson, Gilbert John, Wouter Hoff and Janette Steets serving as key personnel to help meet that challenge.

“The funding will enable faculty from multiple departments to revise and assess introductory science courses and create a new and exciting research track for our students, with multiple entry points to accommodate the diverse needs and interests of our students,” French said.  “We want to introduce them to the research and researchers at OSU and to get them involved in related experiences as early as possible allowing them to make the best decision about their academic and career choices.”

Continue reading…