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OSU students present at National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Monday, April 24, 2023

Media Contact: Harrison Hill | Senior Research Communications Specialist | 405-744-5827 |

Last week, a number of Oklahoma State University students presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. 

The students' research spanned the arts, literature, STEM and more. OSU had 25 students apply with their research abstracts and were accepted to present. 

It is such a good experience for students to attend research conferences,” said Latasha Tasci, program manager in the Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research. “Also, to present their work at research conferences helps build confidence, presentation skills, and provides an excellent opportunity for networking and learning more about graduate school options. We are thrilled to have OSU students attend and have this experience.”  

The conference promotes creativity and a unique environment for the celebration of undergraduate student achievement. 

OSU senior Michaela Purnell was among those who were accepted and presented at the conference. Purnell is majoring in Biology. 

Her research was focused in plant biology and Mirabilis Shilada, which is the scientific name for the four o’clock flower. Purnell’s data was seeing the effects of flooding, shading and other environmental factors on plant growth. 

“Getting the opportunity to present my research in Wisconsin and NCUR, even being selected, was very surprising to me and just an honor,” Purnell said. “I thought it was pretty cool that they thought that my research was worth sharing with other students and researchers and faculty.”

The annual conference lasted three days. This year's theme was Research at the Confluence, which represents a bringing together of artistic fields. 

“So whether you’re STEM, drama, arts or literature, there is a place for all of us,” Purnell said. “It was nice to all come together to enjoy a good weekend with each other.”

Story By: Olivia Trolinger |

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