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.

FRS Named Top Ten Freshmen

2013-14 Freshman Research Scholars Elise Amundson, Accounting, and Nicholas Foster, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, were named among the Top Ten Freshmen men and women at OSU! Click here for a complete list of the Top Ten Freshmen.

Front row left to right: Madison Rash, Bailey Chambers, Julia Benbrook, Austyn Iven, Jaci Hodges, Jacquelyn Lane, Elise Amundson, Taylor Kennedy, Allison Christian, and Erica Summerfield. Back row left to right: Ricki Schroeder, Ridge Howell, Lawson Thompson, Grant Newton, Tyler Schnaithman, Garrett Reed, Nicholas Foster, Andrew Schulz, Stephen Tinker, and Ryan Neal

 

Travel to Trinidad and Tobago with Scholar Development (June 2015)

The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research invites undergraduates in all majors to apply for the 2015 “Scholar Abroad” Program:

Island Life: A Literary and Cultural Survey of the Caribbean (ENGL 4400 – H)
Trinidad and Tobago | Dr. Richard Frohock, English | June 1-12, 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 programs.  Participants will attend thorough pre-departure travel orientations and be assigned texts to prepare for this experience.  Leading this program is OSU Professor and Head of the English Department, Dr. Richard Frohock, who specializes in Early American and Early Caribbean Studies, in collaboration with Tim O’Neil, OSU Undergraduate Research Coordinator and Javits Fellow in Early American Studies.

Taught at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine campus, this program will investigate the literary and cultural history of the Caribbean Islands. Topics of interest include colonization and decolonization, natural resources and environment, and traditional and contemporary forms of artistic expression. Students will also visit historical sites and experience contemporary life in the Caribbean through numerous excursions.  Students will do some readings in advance of travel, keep journals of their experiences during the trip, and turn in a written assignment in the Fall 2015 semester.

Itinerary: June 2015

01 | Group departs together (optional) from the OKC airport with late arrival in Trinidad
02 | Class at University of the West Indies (UWI), Tunapuna tour & Malick Folk Dance
03 | Tour of the UWI campus and class
04 | Tour of  Chaguanas Market, Lion House, sugar factory, two temples, museums
05 | Class at UWI with boat tour of Caroni Wetlands bird sanctuary
06 | Autistic Society volunteer activity with visit to Maracas Beach
07 | Independent Activities / Free Day
08 | Class at UWI with tour of Port of Spain (capital) and turtle watching
09 | Class at UWI
10 | Full day on Tobago, incl. glass-bottomed boat, Fort King George, and Bucco Reef
11 | Class at UWI
12 | Group departs together (optional) from the Trinidad airport with late arrival in OKC

Download the Scholar Abroad | Trinidad & Tobago Application/Info. Sheet

Dr. Fishbein is Seeking Undergraduate Research Assistants for Biodiversity Projects

Dr. Mark Fishbein, Botany, is currently seeking undergraduate research assistants for the following projects.  If you are interested in joining either project, contact him directly at 301 Physical Sciences | mark.fishbein@okstate.edu | (405) 744 4757.

Genomics of plant defenses. The project would involve compiling DNA and protein sequences for genes involved in plant defenses (toxic chemicals, etc.) and analyzing their evolution. The student would primarily be conducting computer-based analyses, but there would be opportunities for learning laboratory techniques.

Floristics of western Oklahoma. The project would involve compiling information from plant specimens and creating and analyzing a database of plant occurrences. The project would also provide opportunities for fieldwork involving collecting and identifying plants.

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.