OSU is Oklahoma's first Truman Honor Institution due to its number of Truman Scholars.
Freshman Research Scholars program introduces students to research basics
Tue, August 04, 2015
Sixty incoming Oklahoma State University freshmen from nine states representing 33 majors from all undergraduate colleges will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to pursue an early, hands-on introduction to university-level research in the Freshman Research Scholars (FRS) program during the upcoming academic year.
OSU freshmen will expand their education beyond the classroom by engaging in cutting-edge research under the guidance of some of the most innovative faculty on campus. FRS students learn basic research ethics and methodology while working closely with their mentors and graduate assistants to design and conduct projects of their choosing.
“This program has been the highlight of my freshman year,” said 2014-15 FRS Emily Allen of Magnolia, Texas. “It made me realize that research is something that I am passionate about, and I hope to pursue a career in it.”
OSU understands that students who graduate without a significant research experience have not taken full advantage of all that a comprehensive research university has to offer, so this early introduction is an important part of a broader initiative to increase undergraduate research in all fields of study—not just the laboratory sciences.
With pioneering undergraduate research programs, such as the Wentz and Niblack research programs, OSU offers many opportunities for students of all majors and classifications to continue their research beyond the first year.
Whether one intends to make a career of research or solve a simple problem, students interested in pursuing research will always find receptive faculty to mentor them through the process regardless of funding through a formal program, making OSU a truly vibrant community for young scholars with big questions.
“I would like to thank and commend Dr. Stanley Fox for taking the time and effort to work with me,” said 2014-15 FRS Rebecca Herrera of Azle, Texas. “He truly put in the effort to further my understanding of how research is done and that meant a lot to me.”
For more information about the Freshman Research Scholars program and other academic opportunities at Oklahoma State University, contact The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research at 334 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078; 405-744-7313; firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://okstate.edu/scholars.
The 2015-16 Freshman Research Scholars listed by their hometowns.
Sarah Oliver, Biochemistry
William Funk, Animal Science
Riley Lawson, Wildlife Biology
Charles McDonald, Chemical Engineering
Loren Emerson, Civil Engineering
Thomas Henderson, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Victoria Martin, Nutritional Sciences
Kayla Kifer, Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Biology
Abigail Pool, Biological Science
Leah Kafer, Physiology
Savannah Martin, Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Biology
Brianna Birsner, Nutritional Sciences
Katelyn Byrne, Marketing
Brockton Keen, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Arielle Farve, Strategic Communications and English
Taylor Godsey, Environmental Science
Stacy Chan, Undeclared
Mark Finnicum, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Anastasia Karaulova, International Business
Anna Smith, Biological Science
Kimberlee Nies, Nutritional Sciences
Blake Hamar, Agribusiness
Lindsey Pick, Architectural Engineering
Alexander Underwood, Computer Engineering and Physics
Brianne Grothe, Secondary Education – English
Tabitha Waldrop, Management
Victoria Pickens, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Wildlife Biology
Lydia Bunting, Computer Engineering
Emily Fry, Psychology
Payton Wilson, Accounting or Finance
Raegan Chambers, Chemical Engineering
Erika Gibbs, Nutritional Sciences and Communication Sciences and Disorders
Rachael Grau, Design, Housing and Merchandising, Interior Design and General Business
Austin Hinds, Biochemistry
Caitlyn Smith, Computer Engineering
Christian Griffith, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering
Hannah Cade, Elementary Education
Connor Mayes, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Emily Bjorklund, English
Rebecca Lane, Chemical Engineering
Sage Becker, Animal Science
Alex Ralston, Animal Science
Brittany Lippy, Animal Science
Jacob DeCamp, Management Information Systems
Ryan Geiger, General Business or Sports Management
Maci Stuart, Health Education and Promotion
Andrew Knepler, Chemical Engineering
Regan Ortiz, Design, Housing and Merchandising and Interior Design
Kaitlyn Johnson, Hotel and Restaurant Administration
Cooper Morris, Biosystems Engineering
Kaitlyn Luckock, Biological Science
Suzanna Lintner, Elementary Education
Emily Marko, Mechanical Engineering