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14 OSU undergraduate researchers earn prestigious Niblack scholarship

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Fourteen top Oklahoma State University undergraduate students have been selected as Niblack Research Scholars for the 2019-20 school year, earning $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 16 years. The program allows undergraduates to perform cutting-edge research in various fields.

“It takes years of dedication and perseverance to be a scientist, and it’s not easy,” Niblack said in 2017. “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 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and earned a doctorate 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 scholars cover a wide variety of research fields and come to OSU from across the United States.

 

The 2019-20 scholars, areas of research and hometowns:

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Adam Bronson
Adam Bronson, Microbiology — Richardson, Texas

 

Rachel Abraham
Rachel Abraham, Physiological Sciences — Stillwater, Oklahoma

 

Aaron Austin
Aaron Austin, Physics —Edmond, Oklahoma

 

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Kathryn
Kathryn O’Connell, Microbiology — Stillwater, Oklahoma
Nina
Nina Baggett, Microbiology — Richardson, Texas
Ty
Jonathan (Ty) Derouen, Microbiology — Fort Worth, Texas
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Andee
Andee Fitts, Chemical Engineering — Duncan, Oklahoma
Ryan
Cassidy (Ryan) Hahn, Microbiology — Trabuco Canyon, California
Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn Lane, Chemical Engineering — Beulah, Colorado
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Benjamin
Benjamin Nelson, Integrative Biology — Wichita, Kansas
Ryan
Ryan Pruitt, Microbiology — Lawton, Oklahoma
Lee
Lee Repa, Physics — Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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Cassandra
Cassandra Salinas, Microbiology — Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Aaron
Aaron Wheeler, Chemical Engineering — Tulsa, Oklahoma
 

For more information about the Niblack Research Scholars program, visit niblack.okstate.edu.

MEDIA CONTACT: Harrison Hill | 405-744-5827 | harrison.c.hill@okstate.edu

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