Top Oklahoma State University undergraduate students have been selected as Niblack Research Scholars. The 13 recipients earn $8,000 scholarships and the opportunity to conduct supervised research.
Dr. John Niblack and his wife, Heidi, have funded the Niblack Research Scholars program at OSU for 14 years. The program allows undergraduates to perform cutting-edge research in various fields. During the award presentation, Niblack commended the students for their scientific interests in a time when “disillusionment with science is growing.”
“It takes years of dedication and perseverance to be a scientist, and it’s not easy,” Niblack said. “It’s fun for Heidi and me to come to campus and watch the scholars in action. We love watching another generation of scientists move up to the front line.”
Niblack graduated from OSU in 1960 and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois before becoming vice chairman of Pfizer Inc. As a scientist for the international pharmaceutical giant, he was responsible for Pfizer's Global Research and Development Division, where he directed research into drugs for viral illnesses, cancer and autoimmune disorders.
Niblack retired in 2002 and founded the Niblack Research Scholarship program in 2004.
The 2017-18 undergraduate Niblack Research Scholars cover a wide variety of research fields and came to OSU from across the United States. The 2017-18 scholars, areas of research and hometowns:
Sage Becker, animal science
Kassidy Ford, microbiology
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Emily Gietzen, microbiology
Caroline Graham, microbiology
Midwest City, Okla.
Kylie Hagerdon, chemistry
Matthew Hart, microbiology
Erin Heilman, geology
Third Lake, Ill.
Jeffrey Krall, integrative biology
Mission Viejo, Calif.
Savannah Morris, biochemistry
Grace Ogden, plant and soil sciences
Victoria Pickens, entomology and plant pathology
Sand Springs, Okla.
Rendi Rogers, microbiology
Taylor Walton, integrative biology
Hot Springs, Ark.
More information about the Niblack Research Scholars program is available at http://niblack.okstate.edu.
Story by Aubrie Bowlan