2014-15 FRS Introductory Meeting Tomorrow (Thursday, Aug. 21)

Reminder: The 2014-15 FRS Introductory Meeting is tomorrow (Thursday, August 21) from 5 to 6 p.m. in 203 Classroom Building.

All current Freshman Research Scholars will gather to socialize and learn about important program requirements and guidelines.  Former FRS will share their experiences with undergraduate research and offer strategies for successfully conducting projects.  College groups will break out to meet with their coordinators.

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.

Introducing Aubrey McCutchan from Collinsville, OK

Aubrey McCutchan 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 & Technology10151133_876459722369343_3769457060060020895_n
Major: Civil Engineering

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
Meeting new people, trying new things, and mostly the challenge that comes along with balancing my classes and having lots of fun while I’m at it.

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’m not sure when I’ll ever exactly join the ranks of adulthood. I just want to enjoy everything life has to offer and accomplish any goal no matter where it may lead me whether it be buying a house or traveling the world.

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

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
Telekinesis–moving things with my mind just sounds awesome not to mention helpful.

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

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

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Pizza

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

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
An Orca because they are smart and ferocious.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
To know if I like doing research enough to do it my entire life as I am thinking about becoming a research professor.

OSU Botany Researcher Awarded $3.2 Million Grant

Tillers in Setaria viridis

Dr. Andrew Doust, associate professor of botany at Oklahoma State University, has been awarded a 4-year grant totaling $3.2 million to study the genetic regulation of specialized branches in grasses, known as “tillers.” Tillers play important roles in grain yield and biomass accumulation that are factors in developing better biofuels and perennial grain crops. However, little is known about most of the genes that contribute to their initiation and growth.

As part of the grant project, Doust will also be working closely with Dr. Julie Angle, OSU assistant professor and coordinator of the secondary science education program, to integrate high school science teachers into a research environment during the summers. The research, combined with professional development activities, will help educators gain a deeper understanding of how scientific knowledge is generated and assist them with curriculum development.

Funded by the National Science Foundation’s Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP), this project also includes researchers at Brigham Young University, West Virginia University, and the Plant Gene Expression Center in Berkeley, California.  Continue reading…

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Workshop

Tuesday, August 26, 20143:00-4:30 p.m.126 ITLE

This competitive program provides $126,000 in Federal support for your graduate education

Presenters:
Dr. Sheryl Tucker,
Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate College
Former NSF GRFP Program Director and Fellow

Panel of current OSU NSF GRFP Fellows

Who should attend?
Undergraduates who are United States citizens, nationals or permanent residents nearing graduation; and, first-year and first-semester, second- year graduate students interested in or currently pursuing a graduate degree in one of the NSF-supported fields: Chemistry; Computer & Information Sciences;  Engineering; Geosciences; Life Sciences; Materials Research;  Mathematical Sciences; Physics & Astronomy;  Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences;  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education & Learning Research.

Introducing Mellissa Rothenay from Mena, AR

Mellissa Rothenay 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 Resources1477863_448183525285872_298374322_n
Major: Animal Science

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I expect to be fairly active on campus while spending the majority of my time working on homework and other projects.

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Planet

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

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Modern Day Gangster

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 as much as I can about ranching. I want to understand the modern methods of running a ranch and also learn as much as I can about how ranching was done 50+ years ago. I then want to use this knowledge to find the best possible medium that would maximize both quality and quantity.

Introducing Christian Coletti from Little Rock, AR

Christian Coletti 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 & Technology
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
OSU offers me a chance to understand so much of what I am curious about, as well as offer me a chance to live life and live it to the fullest!

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 honestly don’t know, some boys never become men. I will know when I can take care of myself and others around me.

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Green Eggs and Ham

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
Probably mind reading–it would help me better understand people.

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 demeanor

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Cereal

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
A Homemade Iron Man Suit

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
Manta Ray–they’re like sharks, but awesomer.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I honestly have little expectations as I have no understanding of research science. Therefore, I hope to learn about research science to eliminate or choose it as a career.

Introducing Kenzie Wedman from Wichita, KS

Kenzie Wedman 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 ResourcesIMG_2617
Major: Biochemistry (Pre-Med)

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I’m most excited to see new faces and meet new people!! I’m also excited to go to all the athletic events and be able to concentrate on learning about the subjects I really like, such as chemistry and anything having to do with medicine.

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 think I will consider myself an adult when I am fully financially independent and have a career.

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

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
Probably teleportation because I really don’t like long car rides at all, and if I’m going somewhere, I just want to get there.

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 notice their smile! I consider myself a happy person and like to talk and be with other happy, positive people.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
One time I was the Statue of Liberty and that was cool.

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
Probably a dolphin because they seem like they are pretty happy animals and they love to be in groups like I do.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I really want to learn about the research process and want to see if it’s something I’d like to pursue in the future. Hopefully I also get to learn more about different things and meet lots of people along the way!

Introducing Sydney Stafford from Wagoner, OK

Sydney Stafford 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: Human Sciences10425178_847861298589099_6627737916073599346_n
Major: Merchandising

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I anticipate being a part of Greek life, starting my classes and learning. I also am excited to make new friends and be a part of OSU’s UC.

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Plutoid

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
Are You My Mother?

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would want to be power borrowing so I can have all powers!

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
Their personality and their smile.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Peanut Butter Toast

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Jasmine from Aladdin

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a whale because I think fat animals are super cute!

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
Further my knowledge in what I end up doing research!

Mandatory Meeting Notice: FRS Introductory Session Aug. 21 @ 5 pm

FRS Introductory Meeting | Thursday, Aug. 21 from 5-6 pm in 203 Classroom Building

All current Freshman Research Scholars will gather to socialize and learn about important program requirements and guidelines.  Former FRS will share their experiences with undergraduate research and offer strategies for successfully conducting projects.  College groups will break out to meet with their coordinators.

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.

Introducing Torin Danilowicz from Stillwater, OK

Torin Danilowicz 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 & Technology
Major: Chemical Enginnering

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
Not having to put up with my siblings will be great.  They get too loud when I try to sleep.

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Planet

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

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
Telekinesis, because I could get food from the pantry without having to move.

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

What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
Their smile. I feel as if one can tell a lot about a person from their smile.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
McDonald’s Chicken Nuggets

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

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
Octopus–It would be interesting to live with eight arms, and I think it would be super fun.

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

What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I want to get the building blocks of research at OSU to hopefully get more scholarships for research in the future.