Introducing Abby Cain from Yukon, OK

Abby Cain was 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 SciencesIMG_2373
Major: Human Development and Family Science

What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
I anticipate meeting new people and adapting to a new school environment.

Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
Planet

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

If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
I would want invisibility so I can be extra stealthy.

What’s your favorite midnight snack?
Ghirardelli brownies

What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
My “nerd day” costume in my freshman year of high school

If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
I would be a sea turtle, only because Crush was one of my favorite characters in Finding Nemo.

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 more about the process of research and specifically learn about the field I research in.

Reminder: The Deadline to Apply for a $1,000 Book Collecting Prize is Next Friday (Nov. 7)

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

Reminder: The Deadline to Apply for Scholar Abroad-Sydney, Australia is Next Monday

The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research invites applicants for the 2015 “Scholars Abroad” Program: Opera and the Outback (Sydney, Australia| March 14-22, 2015).

International experience gives students a global perspective and a competitive edge to win prestigious scholarships, secure prominent jobs, and gain admission to top graduate school programs.  OSU Scholar Abroad is expanding in 2015 and “Opera and the Outback” is the fourth of this new series of international programs.  Participants will attend thorough pre-departure travel orientations and be assigned texts to prepare for this experience.  Leading this program is OSU Associate Professor of Vocal Studies, Dr. Anne-Marie Condacse, in collaboration with Dr. Joshua Ward, OSU Director of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research.

This program, which may also be eligible for Honors College “special experience” credit if arranged in advance, will investigate (a) the cultural framework of Australia’s music heritage and its role in the local community; (b) the backstage manpower and technology of the iconic Sydney Opera House and the commercial vitality of performing arts in Australia; (c) Australian indigenous performing arts heritage; and (d) the vast and mystifying Australian Outback.

This is a general education program that should be of interest to any OSU undergraduate who wants to work hard in this setting, accompanied by other OSU young scholars.  Ambitious and talented students interested in international experience including Australian opera, ballet, dance, and other performing arts, the performing arts as a community commodity and business, the Australian Outback and Aboriginal heritage, or history are welcomed and encouraged to apply.  The Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research also invites students to visit (334 SU) for advice on writing their application essay or to answer any questions applicants might have.

Download the 2015 Scholar Abroad: Spring Break Application

Deadline: Nov. 3, 2014

Support Wentz Research Scholar Forrest Roger’s Investigation of “The Hormonal Love Story of Homosexual and Heterosexual Attraction”

Wentz Research Scholar Forrest Rogers is crowdfunding part of his research on “the hormonal love story of homosexual and heterosexual attraction” at experiment.com.  Click here for information about the project and how you can help answer the question “What is the science behind love and attraction?”

ATTENTION: If you are interested in becoming a Wentz Research Scholar like Forrest, you can apply for a $4,500 Wentz Research Grant or a $750 Wentz Semester Research Grant.  Click here for information about the Wentz Research Grants program.

Same Love: The Hormonal Love Story of Homosexual and Heterosexual Attraction

Context

Previous research suggests that there is a strong link between love, attraction, and hormones. The stress hormone, cortisol, plays a critical role in attraction. Some studies suggest that there is a synchronization of cortisol in romantic partners. Unfortunately, research is lacking information about attraction within the LGBTQ community. While previous studies have focused on heterosexual couples, they have failed to include homosexual couples.  Previous research has also failed to provide a description of our hormonal response to simply being exposed/presented to our significant other. That is, it is currently unclear as to what is actually happening in our bodies to make us feel the way we do when we see our significant other.

Implications

Research into the biological background of love helps us understand how we operate as couples. This information can help us understand how to strengthen our relationships. This study seeks to broaden our knowledge by expanding the research into the LGBTQ community, thus giving a bigger picture of the thing we call love. Research commonly ignores the LGBTQ community, simply because it is easier to study heterosexual couples. It is crucial that we study homosexual couples if we are to fully consider love and attraction. Our study also seeks to provide a more “real-time” description of how we respond to our romantic partners. This will give us a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the hormonal regulation of attraction.

Objectives

There are two primary goals of this study:

1. We hope to discover how individuals in a couple respond hormonally to one another. This can be accomplished by collecting saliva from individuals at and around a time at which they are presented to their romantic partner. We can take this saliva and analyze it for a stress hormone, cortisol, and an additional hormone, testosterone. These could give us great insight into why we experience what we do; that is, we’ll be looking at the chemicals that make you feel butterflies.

2. We also wish to collect information about social stressors and behavior via questionnaire. Questionnaires can give us greater insight into how individuals in couples are emotionally attached to one another and what kinds of social stress they experience together.

Same Love: The Hormonal Love Story of Homosexual and Heterosexual Attraction

Reminder: Goldwater, Udall & Truman Applications Due Friday (Oct. 31)

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

Reminder: Wentz Research Info. Session Next Tuesday (Oct. 21, 6-7 p.m.)

Wentz Research Grant Information Session
102 North Classroom Building | Tuesday, Oct. 21 | 6-7 p.m.

Topics include:

-    Applying for a Wentz Award | Eligibility requirements, project guidelines, deadlines, etc.
-    Finding a Faculty Mentor | Communicating with faculty, choosing a topic, etc.
-    Writing a Research Proposal | Keys to developing an effective proposal, etc.
-    Handling Ethical Compliance | Submitting IRB or IACUC paperwork, etc.

Featuring: A Panel of Current Wentz Research Grant Recipients to offer advice and answer your questions.

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.

Trinidad and Tobago Info. Session Today at 7pm in Library Browsing Room

The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research invites undergraduates in all majors to the

Scholar Abroad: Trinidad and Tobago Information Session
OSU Library Browsing Room | Tuesday, Oct. 14 | 7-8 p.m.
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED

Featuring “A Glimpse of Island Life” by Dr. Richard Frohock, Professor of English

English Department Head Dr. Richard Frohock will provide an introduction to the course he will lead this summer at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago: “Island Life: A Literary and Cultural Survey of the Caribbean” and Scholar Development staff will be available to answer questions about the program.

Click here for more information about Scholar Abroad: Trinidad and Tobago.

Cowboys in Cambridge Info. Session Today at 7pm in Library Browsing Room

The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research invites undergraduates in all majors to the

Cowboys in Cambridge Information Session
OSU Library Browsing Room | Tuesday, Oct. 7 7-8 p.m.
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED

Featuring “An Evening with Dickens” by Dr. Jeffrey Walker, Professor of English

Regents Distinguished Teaching Award recipient Dr. Jeffrey Walker will provide an introduction to the course he will lead this summer at the University of Cambridge: “Discovering Dickens’s England: Travels with the Nicklebys.” Students who participated in last year’s Cowboys in Cambridge program will be available to answer questions about their experience in England.

Click here for more information about the 2015 Cowboys in Cambridge program.

Upcoming Info. Sessions on Scholar Development Travel Programs

The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research invites undergraduates in all majors to the following information sessions:

Cowboys in Cambridge Information Session
OSU Library Browsing Room | Tuesday, Oct. 7 | 7-8 p.m.
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED

Featuring “An Evening with Dickens” by Dr. Jeffrey Walker, Professor of English

Regents Distinguished Teaching Award recipient Dr. Jeffrey Walker will provide an introduction to the course he will lead this summer at the University of Cambridge: “Discovering Dickens’s England: Travels with the Nicklebys.” Students who participated in last year’s Cowboys in Cambridge program will be available to answer questions about their experience in England.

Click here for more information about the 2015 Cowboys in Cambridge program.

Scholar Abroad: Trinidad and Tobago Information Session
OSU Library Browsing Room | Tuesday, Oct. 14 | 7-8 p.m.
REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED

Featuring “A Glimpse of Island Life” by Dr. Richard Frohock, Professor of English

English Department Head Dr. Richard Frohock will provide an introduction to the course he will lead this summer at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago: “Island Life: A Literary and Cultural Survey of the Caribbean” and Scholar Development staff will be available to answer questions about the program.

Click here for more information about Scholar Abroad: Trinidad and Tobago.