Introducing Taylor Baurichter from Piedmont, OK

Taylor Baurichter 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.

College: Engineering, Architecture & TechnologyIMG_04641
Major: Civil Engineering

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I am most anticipating the freedom of making my own decisions and being responsible for them. I also look forward to building new friendships, hopefully lifelong ones.

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 believe that adulthood is reached at age 18. The real question is “When will you be an adult?” Everyone may reach adulthood at the same age, but they may not actually act like an adult. The ranks of being an adult are reached when the person is acts completely mature. I think this is what Mike Gundy meant by his quote. He has obviously been a man since he was eighteen and reached adulthood, but may not have acted like an adult ’til age 40. So as of right now I have reached adulthood, I am 18, but I am not an adult yet. I still have childish thoughts and am irresponsible in some of the categories that an adult must be responsible.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Fox in Socks

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would want to have flying powers. I would love to be able to fly. Imagine flying with the birds and looking down at the earth to see little specs below. I would have a true bird’s eye view.

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

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
I tend to notice their character and whether or not they seem approachable.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Cereal

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Zelda

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a dolphin. This is because they are both gentle and fierce. They are gentle enough to be friends with humans and other animals that do not offend them, but they are fierce enough to fight sharks who may attack them. They match my personality exactly and therefore couldn’t be a better match for me.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to discover many things while collaborating with colleagues and building relationships with them.

Anything else we should know?
I am very athletic. I love all sports, even those I haven’t ever played before. I love meeting new people and making friends. I love discovering things and exploring. There’s nothing quite like an adventure. I especially love culture. Skydiving is on my college bucket list. (Unfortunately, I can’t do this until I recover from my knee surgery.)

Introducing Tanner Durant from Choctaw, OK

Tanner Durant 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, he will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.

College: Spears School of Business
Major: General Business

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
Connecting with people, learning, and having fun.

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Planet

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Oreos/flavor blasted goldfish/popcorn

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
A dolphin. Everybody loves dolphins.

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to further my knowledge about the way a business works and find common denominators of successful businesses.

Introducing Alicia Aguilar from Edmond,OK

Alicia Aguilar 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.

College: Engineering, Architecture & TechnologyAlicia-and-Her-Bassoons
Major: Chemical Engineering (Pre-Med)

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I am excited to meet new people and get involved on campus. There are so many opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and explore the world, and I intend on taking advantage of as many of those as possible.

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 believe I will join the ranks of adulthood when I get a job and a house of my own. Once you are taking care of yourself without the help of others I believe you are a true adult. In my life that will probably happen around 30.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Yertle the Turtle

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I have always wanted the powers of Poseidon. Out of those I would probably choose breathing underwater as my number one. I’m a little obsessed with greek mythology.

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

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
The first thing I usually notice about people is who they are hanging out with. There’s always that saying of show me your friends and I’ll show you who you are.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Easiest thing I can grab without cooking

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Pikachu

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a dolphin because nobody wants to hurt a cute little dolphin. Also, dolphins are fast, have live animals, and communicate with echolocation. How is that not cool?

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to meet new people who are interested in research like me as well as learn more about the research process. Since I am hoping to focus on research in my career, I hope that FRS will get me started on a research filled college experience.

Anything else we should know?
For the record, I do enjoy the new Star Trek series but I will forever be a Star Wars fan.

Introducing Stephen Ziske from Allen, TX

Stephen Ziske 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, he will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.

College: Engineering, Architecture & Technology2012-10-11-20.22.00
Major: Aerospace Engineering

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I am really looking forward to freedom. I like the idea of taking responsibility for myself and my actions while balancing work and fun. I am also excited about playing ultimate and being a part of Speedfest.

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’ll join the ranks of adulthood when I cannot sleep in until noon anymore.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would like to be able to survive without oxygen so that I could swim forever and survive in space without air.

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

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
The first thing I notice is a person’s confidence and their smile.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Peanut Butter and Popcorn

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
An ostrich

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a hammerhead shark because they look unique.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I want to make a more efficient aircraft in regards to safety and energy usage.

Anything else we should know?
I look forward to scientific failure.

Introducing Sydney Wodrich from Chicago, IL

Sydney Wodrich 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.

College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Major: Animal Science

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I’m very excited to rush in August and be in a sorority. I want to meet a bunch of people and have a very memorable freshmen year. I also love to go to sporting events so I’m looking forward to football, basketball and soccer games at OSU.

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Plutoid

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
Their smile. If someone has a friendly smile it makes it automatically ten times easier for me to become friends with them.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Cereal

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Ketchup bottle

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to learn a lot from fellow students and professors who I will get to work with.

Introducing Ashley Snelling from Edmond, OK

Ashley Snelling 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.

College: Engineering, Architecture & TechnologySenior-Picture
Major: Architecture

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I’m looking forward to being myself and studying what I love. I’m excited to be mostly independent from my parents and responsible for myself.

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 believe I’ll know when I’m an adult by basing my decisions off of logic and choosing responsibly–being someone that children can look up to.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
One Fish Two Fish

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
Invisibility. I think it would be fun to observe situations without affecting them by your presence.

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

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
I first thing I notice is whether or not someone can look me in the eyes while talking to me.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Nutella

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Rosie the Riveter

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a dolphin probably because I like to have fun but also because dolphins are very intelligent and I think it would be interesting to use echo-location.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to explore the research process and learn from and work with new people.

Introducing Carlee Luttrell from Springfield, MO

Carlee Luttrell 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.

College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resourcesimage
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pre-vet

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
People. I can’t wait to meet all kinds of new people! I also anticipate harder classes. Which excites me, I enjoy having to really work at something to gain success. Freedom! What new college student isn’t a little happy to get out of their house and on their own?! Clubs. I am thrilled to join a whole new realm of clubs and organizations. I am passionate about getting involved.

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?
Adulthood is not found at a certain age. Adulthood is a status that people may reach at any time in their life. I might be an adult one day, but I have no idea when that may be. I say might because I know people who are well in their 40′s and are still children. Becoming an ‘adult’ is all in the mind. An adult is someone who makes rational decisions and has some sense of wisdom/knowledge. It’s all mentality to me.

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

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
Telekinesis would be my super power, no doubt. The ability to move objects with my mind would be incredible. For instance, if I could focus my skills enough I could potentially be able to control particles. This would allow for so much: flying, free diving, space exploration. Not to mention if I could focus my abilities on the smallest units such as atoms, protons, etc. I could do some wicked chemistry all with my brain. Who knows the limits! Telekinesis is by far my favorite superpower because there are so many possibilities.

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

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
I’m a typical girl who loves fashion and shoes, so the very first thing I typically notice is a person’s shoes. Although the shoes are not the most important to me it’s just a weird habit of mine. After the shoes, I always notice the facial expression on a persons face. Whether they are smiling, smirking, or hating life, I always notice their features. I notice smiles more often that not. A smile is a powerful yet simple gesture and it always grabs my attention.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Humus and sugar snap peas

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
An elderly woman… Long story.

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a shark. Sharks are extremely interesting animals and I could potentially be featured on shark week, so why not?

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to learn all about different research going on across all kinds of subjects. I hope to learn about all new concepts and ideas coming from the research. I hope to make connections with a diverse group of people who have wonderful, ingenious brains. I want to learn everything there is to know about conducting a successful research project. I would love to research some concepts and ideas of my own. Finally, I hope to expand my knowledge and make the best of this great opportunity.

Introducing Austin Mefford from Canton, TX

Austin Mefford 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, he will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.

College: Arts & Sciences
Major: Microbiology

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I most anticipate the family environment that OSU offers. I know it sounds very cliche, but I really do enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing college. It is a real diamond in the rough considering OSU is a Big 12 school.

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Planet

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Go Dog, Go

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would have time traveling powers! I would go to the future and see what to look forward to, and I would also go back in time to explore the Roaring 20s and all other time periods that people always like to reminisce. Also, going back in time would give me the opportunity to meet loved ones that have passed.

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 sense of humor. Most of my friends are the funniest people in the world. I am a real jokester, so I look for compatibility in sense of humor and personality when I meet new people.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Oreos and milk

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Scooby Doo

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a great white shark and rule the oceans with no fear of predators!

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to gain knowledge of very complex topics that most do not already know. I hope to be able to answer the question “why?” regarding my area of research when I have completed it.

Introducing William (Billy) Freniere from Edmond, OK

William (Billy) Freniere 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, he will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.

College: Arts & Sciences10401391_10154129859705391_4671707672259030673_n
Major: Biochemistry

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
Living at SigEP and diving deeper into the wonderful world of Chemistry!!

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?
I can’t really put an age on it but once I am able to completely sustain my way of life after I finish school, then I will be an adult. Until then, I will happily be called a student.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would have the power to fly! VERY FAST!

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 smile!

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Popcorn

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Scooby Doo

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I’d be a great white shark so I could swim up to a crowded beach, not harm anyone, do some tricks, and make national news as the greatest Great White ever.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I hope to learn and share more about the field of chemistry. I am specifically interested in researching drug interactions in medicine.

Anything else we should know?
I am a firm believer in that everything we do in our daily lives can be extremely fun, laughable, and enjoyable.

Introducing Rebecca Herrera from Azle, TX

Rebecca Herrera 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.

College: Arts & Sciencesok-state-pole
Major: Zoology

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
First and foremost I absolutely cannot wait for FREEDOM! I am also very much excited about making new friends, Greek life, late night dorm room movie nights, actually interesting classes, and the chance this program is giving me.

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?
Physically and legally speaking I am an adult, which of course is utter bologna! I don’t even know how to file taxes or a mortgage (both of which terrify me)! Honestly I suppose I’ll join the ranks of adulthood when I can completely 100% support myself which, naturally, is why I am going to college in the first place! Does anyone really know when they become an adult? I think not! Yet it will happen at some point in life, I just know that I won’t become a dour, fun-sucking adult!

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
What sort of question is this? All of them obviously! One does not simply pick a single Dr. Seuss book!

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would totally LOVE to be able to speak/communicate with animals! I have always wanted this superpower since I was a little girl. I feel such a strong connection to animals (minus monkeys) that I would probably die from happiness if this ever happened!

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

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
I’m an outgoing person so I am constantly introducing myself to new people, making the first thing I notice about people their confidence level/body language. I am also a sucker for eyes!

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Cereal

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
One Halloween I rocked as Snow White.

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
A loggerhead sea turtle. They are fascinating and beautiful creatures that travel the oceans.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I wish to gain insight on whether or not performing research is a path I wish to take in my future career and become close to my fellow scholars. #ShoutOut

Anything else we should know?
I am not a morning person so if you mistake me for a zombie I completely understand. I have come to accept the fact that I talk a lot and I am very energetic, so I apologize for that in advance! I tend to not be shy. I love to laugh, dance (including everything from shaking the booty to two stepping), sing, and stay up late! I am terrified of zombies and cockroaches, but I am cool with snakes.  I loathe being bored with a passion. My family raises Beefmaster cattle, and I have shown all across the state of Texas (Best State in the U.S.A) at various livestock shows so I am comfortable with being around livestock and the usual dirtiness that ensues. But at the same time, I love being a girl and dressing up.  Really what you need to know is that I am a living, breathing oxymoron, and I can’t wait for life at OSU!