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OSU students invited to feast and volunteer at Thanksgiving lunch
All are invited to join in the 33rd annual Stillwater Community Thanksgiving Lunch celebration at the First United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center located at 400 W. 7th Ave. on Thursday, November 23.  Lunch will be served free of charge from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., and food options will include turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie and much more. OSU students staying in Stillwater over the Thanksgiving break are encouraged to dine with the community and volunteer their time.  Christina Morrill, real estate agent at United Country Real Estate and Auction, has served on the organizing committee for the event for three years, since the retirement of Pat Dorr, who ran the event for 30 years. Morrill knew the celebration wouldn’t go on unless others volunteered. She and her husband Mike, along with Tony and Melissa Holt and Paul Priegal, answered the call to continue the lunch. Last year, they partnered with the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater and church administrator Wayne Wilczek.  “We called Pat and told him that we wanted to help,” Morrill said. “We didn’t want the celebration to go away, and we think it’s very important to the community.”  Morrill’s favorite part about the event is seeing everyone come together. She said widows, widowers and older couples often show up to celebrate in their Sunday best.  “It’s not just for people in need,” Morrill said. “We have a lot of international students attend who’ve never experienced this kind of event, and they’re probably some of the most grateful.”  Last year, Morrill said they served more than 1,000 people, and they made over 200 to-go orders for people who could not leave home and those staying in the hospital. Students help serve food, as well as sit and visit with the older residents to keep them company.  “We never turn a volunteer away,” Morrill said. “We really try to include as many people who want to be involved as possible. Even if the sign-up sheet is full, students can come and the coordinator will find them a job.”  To volunteer, go to, and sign up or visit Stillwater Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Facebook for more information.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:00:34 -0600
OSU grad student wins Three Minute Thesis® after several attempts
Allison Campolo knows it pays to persevere. After competing in the preliminary rounds of the Oklahoma State University Graduate College Three Minute Thesis® four times, she recently made it to the finals and won, defeating 11 other competitors.   A doctoral student in veterinary biomedical sciences, Campolo said entering the 3MT® multiple times really improved her ability to connect with an audience in three minutes as well as her basic presentation skills.   “From my first time to do this until now I see a difference in myself but it’s taken years of practice,” she said, adding that avoiding scientific language is a key to simplifying science for a lay audience. “My research is in pulmonary hyperglycemia, but most people don’t know what that means, so I say ‘diabetes,’ which everyone can identify with.”   Her winning presentation was titled, “Is diabetes taking your breath away.”    Campolo received $1,000 for her 3MT® win. The second and third place finishers were William Hammond, a doctoral student in plant biology, ecology and evolution, and Vikramsingh Gujar, a doctoral student in anatomy and cell biology, who won $750 and $500, respectively. Human performance doctoral candidate Masoud Moghaddam won the People’s Choice Award, and $1,000, which is awarded by a vote of the audience.   During the event, Graduate College Dean Dr. Sheryl Tucker announced that corporate sponsor Halliburton had agreed to continue its support of the OSU competition. Dr. Jim Surjaatmadja, the ESG Technology Fellow with Halliburton, said the company sees value in 3MT® because communication skills are essential for university graduates entering the job market. Those talents make job applicants stand out at Halliburton, he said.   The finals were judged by a cross section of community members and OSU representatives, including individuals unfamiliar with the presentation subjects. The 3MT® winners will face off against the winners of the Three Minute Presentation finals next spring in the President’s Fellows Three Minute Challenge. Competitors in 3MT are graduate students in research-based degrees such as thesis master’s or doctoral degrees. 3MP is open to students who are non-research master’s, education specialist and graduate certificate students.   For more information about the Graduate College three minute competitions, visit   PHOTOS:
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:32:46 -0600
OSU Theatre Presents “The Comedy Of Errors”
From left to right: Tyler Burd, Kelton Neals and Peyton Meacham are leading members of the cast in Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” an upcoming OSU Theatre production. Plan for your holiday season now as the OSU Department of Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” Nov. 30, through Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m., and December 3, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now. An OSU Theatre Mainstage Production, Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors,” is a gut-busting farce that is ideal for the entire family to enjoy together. Not one but two sets of identical twins attempt to reunite after a shipwreck separates them. Join the cast in the chaos as misdirection and mistaken identity fill every minute with clever antics. Professor Lloyd Caldwell directs this hilarious production. “Comedy is my specialty,” Caldwell said. “I earned a certificate from clown school. You can go to clown school to be a clown, but I went to study comedy. I have made that one of my areas of research for the last 23 years.” The play is set in 1930s Greece. Caldwell believes it’s a time and place that will be familiar to the audience. “Most people know the 1930s,” Caldwell said. “I chose the Greek Islands because they’re sunny and bright most of the year. Because the play happens all in one day, I was looking for those bright, sunny colors to underline the comedy — as opposed to 1930s Transylvania in the middle of winter.” Assisting Caldwell in this comedy is award-winning Costume Designer Renee Garcia and Scene Designer and Props Master Maggie Gayle. Garcia and Gayle have teamed up to help enhance “The Comedy of Errors” visually. Garcia planned the production’s garments to match the setting and promote laughter. “For this production, most people are in western European costumes, and that should be totally familiar,” Garcia said. “However, I think the most interesting costumes are on the two Dromio twins because they’re in traditional Greek costume. There’s a fun opportunity for texture and color, and I’m going over the top with trims. They’re not supposed to look sophisticated; they’re clowns. I think it’s a lot of fun to work with the clowns because there are no limits.” Gayle is also working without limits, adding stage effects we haven’t seen this year, including multiple levels to the set design and doorways specifically crafted for the comedic effect. “There’s a lot of cool stuff, like our working fountain,” Gayle said. “It was created by our students out of a My Size Barbie doll. We’re making it look like a carved Greek sculpture. There are a lot of stairs and different levels. I have a couple balconies. All the walls have some type of texture, like carved stone. It’s not ancient Greece, so there aren’t columns. But, it does mimic 1930s Greece, which is when we’re setting the play.” Anitpholus of Syracuse and Antipholus of Ephesus are identical twins separated since infancy after a shipwreck. Twenty-five years later, both twins unknowingly arrive in the same city, and the townspeople mistake their identities. Amidst the confusion are the Dromio twins, who are life-long servants to the Antipholus twins. Senior Peyton Meacham plays Dromio of Syracuse, servant to Antipholus of Syracuse. “Back story of both Dromios is that they’re twins,” Meacham said. “Our parents were poor, so we were sold to the Antipholus twins to be their servants forever. After a shipwreck, I stay with Antipholus of Syracuse, and Dromio of Ephesus stays with Antipholus of Ephesus.” Meacham is a well-experienced performer. She’s had roles in several OSU Department of Theatre productions, including “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” “Spitfire Grill” and “The Importance of Being Ernest.” Despite her plethora of theatre knowledge, Meacham seeks to fine-tune her skills in comedy. “I auditioned to learn how to be a clown,” Meacham said.  “It’s something to keep in my actor’s tool belt. We’ve learned how to fall without hurting ourselves. We’ve learned how to trip up and down stairs and how to get hit with a bat. I have learned how to make foley noises — which are live sound effects — and I get a slide whistle. I auditioned to get as much experience as I could.” Similar to Meacham’s desire to learn more about comedy, Tyler Burd auditioned to obtain an experience he’s desired for months. “Ever since I read ‘The Comedy of Errors’ last semester, I was automatically attracted to the Dromios,” Burd said. “They’re clowns, and I’ve never gotten to play an overly comedic character. The Dromios are the comedic anchors of the play, and that’s what I want to be. I’ve wanted to play this role since I read it six months ago.” Burd is also a senior in the OSU Department of Theatre, and plays Dromio of Ephesus, twin to Dromio of Syracuse. He has performed in the OSU Mainstage Productions “Almost, Maine” and “The Importance of Being Ernest.” Burd has some experience with comedy on the stage, and he enjoys the comical aesthetics generated by the cast in this production of “The Comedy of Errors.” “What I think is funny is that Payton and I are a lot taller than the actors playing the roles of both Antipholi,” Burd said. “They’re both actually really short, and Peyton and I carry around bats for them to hit us with. So whenever they hit us, they usually have to stand on top of something to hit us over the head, or we have to bend down. I think that’s really funny.” Casting isn’t the only hilarious antic Caldwell used to make this production original. He implements traditional vaudeville jokes for the audience’s amusement. When a character gets hit, foley effects are created live on stage though props. “When somebody gets hit, we have a car horn,” said Caldwell.  “It’s a bit of a showing the audience the theatre magic, but it’s all a part of the joke.” It’s all about the jokes for the audiences; the goal is to bring everyone laughter and entertainment. Kelton Neals, another senior in the Department of Theatre, plays the character of Angelo, a goldsmith. Angelo is a tough, masculine and burly character, which are fun traits for Neals to alter for a comedic effect. “When I first read over Angelo’s role, I read him as this big, tough mafia guy,” Neals said. “But, when we did our first read through, I switched his voice into a higher register and moved with a quicker pace. I also made him scared of women in a way. A lot of the women in this show are empowering, and Angelo is a work-oriented guy. He has his goals, and he’s afraid of empowering women. Or maybe he’s just shy.” Neals has performed in multiple plays since his debut at the Department of Theatre. He starred in “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” and “Shipwrecked!”. As a performer, he’s learned to not only have goals for his continued growth, but also for the audience. “I want the audience to be entertained no matter where they look on the stage,” Neals said. I don’t believe there are any blank spots, and that’s what is so great about having Lloyd as a director. When he sees a blank spot, he wants to put a bit there.” This comedy is sure to get the biggest giggle out of even the youngest member in the audience. Shakespeare wrote this play for the masses using different levels of comedy for all. “This show has something for everybody, I think,” Burd said. “It has different styles of comedy. There’s wit in it and physical comedy from the 20th century. And Shakespeare’s comedy, jokes from 400 years ago that are still funny. I think there has got to be something for everybody if this play has lasted this long.” Get your tickets soon, before they sell out, by visiting or purchase your tickets at the theatre box office in 121 Seretean Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about “The Comedy of Errors” or the OSU Department of Theatre, call 405-744-6094.
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:59:09 -0600
OSU dedicates memorial to ‘Remember the 4’
Family, friends and members of the Oklahoma State University community came together to dedicate a permanent memorial to honor the lives of former Cowgirl basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and OSU supporters Olin and Paula Branstetter.  “I am so pleased today we are honoring Coach Budke, Coach Serna and the Branstetters. Although they left us much too soon the lives they each lived made a lasting mark on Oklahoma State University,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. "I also want to give special recognition to Don Beck and his team at Beck Design and Jeff Claxton and the team at Naboltz Construction for donating their talents and resources to create such a beautiful and touching memorial. This is such special gift to the OSU family."  The dedication took place just a day before the six-year anniversary of the Nov. 17, 2011 plane crash in northern Arkansas that killed Budke, Serna and the Branstetters. “It's fitting that this memorial, in essence, will serve as a gateway to Gallagher-Iba Arena, a place that meant so much to all four of those we are remembering,” said Mike Holder, Vice President and Director of Athletic.  The memorial is located on the northeast side of Gallagher-Iba Arena and features four forms arranged in a perfect square symbolizing the completion of four unique lives. The forms also include illuminated images of the individuals and each lighted panel features in memoriam script provided by their families.   There are also stone benches alongside each of the four panels and an inward-looking space to allow for an area of quiet reflection.   PHOTOS:
Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:25:13 -0600
OSU wins national community engagement honor  
The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., Sunday night that Oklahoma State University is the winner of its national community outreach award for 2017. The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship recognizes how colleges have redesigned their learning, discovery and engagement missions to become even more involved with their communities.   “This is a wonderful honor and exciting national recognition of Oklahoma State’s health initiative with the Chickasaw Nation,” said OSU President Burns Hargis. “It’s a humbling acknowledgement of our founding commitment to serve and engage in our communities. I want to thank and congratulate the many OSU employees and students who carry out our land-grant mission in countless ways.”    “Public universities have an unmatched capacity to make cultural, civic, and economic contributions to their communities,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “That’s why public institutions feel compelled to address the greatest challenges facing their communities. Oklahoma State has done exactly that through an exceptional partnership with the Chickasaw Nation to improve child nutrition and public health.”  OSU’s health collaborative with the Chickasaw Nation includes the Eagle Adventure program for children in the first through third grades. The program embraces the Native American tribe’s storytelling tradition to educate participants on practices that prevent Type 2 diabetes through dietary and physical activity.  A recent survey showed 67 percent of the parents whose children are involved in the program, report that it has helped their youngsters be more active after school, eat more vegetables at dinner (49 percent), and reach more often for fruits as snacks (55 percent).   Known formally as OSU’s Solutions-based Health Innovations and Nutrition Excellence (SHINE) program, the initiative was chosen for national recognition by a team of community engagement professionals over the other three regional winners, Purdue University, East Carolina University and the University of New Hampshire.    Since 2006, APLU and the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, have partnered to honor the engagement, scholarship, and partnerships of four-year public universities. Named in honor of one of APLU’s past presidents, the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship award includes a sculpture and a $20,000 prize. The award funds will be used to expand and strengthen programs, activities, and training events that enhance OSU’s partnerships with the sovereign tribal nations and other communities. APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 237 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU's agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement. Annually, member campuses enroll 4.9 million undergraduates and 1.3 million graduate students, award 1.2 million degrees, employ 1.2 million faculty and staff, and conduct $43.9 billion in university-based research.
Tue, 14 Nov 2017 10:23:26 -0600
OSU To Unveil Memorial To ‘Remember The 4’
Oklahoma State University has announced plans to unveil a memorial in remembrance of former Cowgirl basketball coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna, and OSU supporters Olin and Paula Branstetter. The public is welcome to attend the dedication ceremony of the ‘Remember the 4' memorial on Thursday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.  The four died in a plane crash on Nov. 17, 2011 in Arkansas while on a recruiting trip. “This memorial will be a lasting tribute to four wonderful individuals who touched the lives of so many. OSU will always ‘Remember the 4’ and extends its support and thoughts to the families and friends of Kurt Budke, Miranda Serna, and Olin and Paula Branstetter,” OSU President Burns Hargis said. The memorial, on the northeast side of the OSU Athletics Center, is highlighted by illuminated images of the four individuals. The forms are arranged in a perfect square, symbolizing the completion of four unique lives. In addition to an image of the individual, each lighted panel features an in memoriam script provided by the respective families. An inward-looking space with stone benches along each of the four will allow for an area of quiet reflection. As a whole, the memorial will serve to honor the memory of the four and exemplify their commitment to OSU.
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 15:03:54 -0600
OSU receives regional award as inclusive workplace  
Jeromie Tucker (center), associate director of development at the OSU Foundation, accepts this year’s inclusive workplace award from Marilyn Ihloff, Mosaic chair, and Michael S. Neal, Tulsa Regional Chamber president and CEO. Oklahoma State University has been named among the region’s  2017 Top Inclusive Workplace Cultures based on a survey by Mosaic, the Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce’s diversity business council.     OSU was ranked among the top tier of employers receiving the Five-Star Inclusive Workplace Award for its programs that strengthen diversity and inclusion in the workplace.   “OSU is honored to again be recognized with this award as an inclusive workplace,” said Jason Kirksey, vice president and chief diversity officer for the OSU Division of Institutional Diversity. “While there is work to do, the university is committed to enrich and fortify its efforts to promote a culture of inclusion within the campus community.”  Jeromie Tucker, associate director of development for the OSU Foundation, accepted this year’s award from Mosaic officials during the council’s annual Economic Inclusion Forum held recently at the BOK Center in Tulsa.  OSU was among 24 five-star recipients this year, which also included 5 four-star winners, and 14 three-star recipients. Twelve companies were designated as “rising stars,” meaning they’re demonstrating an increased commitment to diversity and inclusion but in need of additional work in certain areas.   The primary focus of Mosaic is to create awareness about the competitive advantage of having a diverse and inclusive business climate in the region. For more information, go to or phone (918) 560-0276.
Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:35:48 -0600
Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference to discuss future Amazon production center
The impact Amazon’s new sorting center in Oklahoma City will have on the state will be one of the topics addressed during the 2018 Oklahoma Economic Outlook Conference on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Metro Technology Centers at the Springlake Campus in Oklahoma City. The conference is hosted annually by the Oklahoma State University Center for Applied Economic Research in the Spears School of Business. Excerpts from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce will be on the future the Amazon production center and how it will affect the economic dynamic for Oklahoma and its importance to the state. In addition, participants will have the opportunity for a question-and-answer session after each presenter. “We are excited to be able to host such an informative conference here in Oklahoma City,” OSU professor of economics Dan Rickman said. “It is crucial that participants understand where Oklahoma’s economy stands at a national level in order for us to grow and prosper as a state.” Ken Eastman, dean of the Spears School, and Marcie Mack, state director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, will give the opening statements. Charles Kimbrough, director of the Business Development Group for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, will review the economic impact of the Amazon production center and bring to light some of the benefits and challenges of winning or losing this deal of the century. Jim Huntzinger, executive vice president and chief investment officer for Bank of Oklahoma Financial Corporation, will present forecasts of national economic topics. The presentation will focus on labor, gross domesticated products, consumer reactions and more. Participants will also hear Rickman’s forecast for 2018, focusing on the expected trajectory of Oklahoma’s energy industry and he will present on forecasts of major economic variables for Oklahoma. These variables will include employment, unemployment, income, output and population. Director at the Center for Applied Economic Research Hongbo “Betty” Wang will be speaking on the performance of the Oklahoma economy over the recent energy boom. The roles of state taxes and education funding will be presented in terms of their potential influence on the connection between the energy sector and the overall economy. Registration is $60 per person if participants register before Nov. 30 and $75 per person if they register after that date. Fee includes conference materials and food. Sponsorships are also available for $275 and includes two registrations, an opportunity to place materials in provided packets as well as placing the sponsor’s name on conference materials and the CEPD website. Booth sponsorships are also available for $150 and includes one registration and an opportunity to place materials in provided packets. For additional information, please contact Kelle Scott at or call 405.744.8679.
Tue, 07 Nov 2017 12:35:12 -0600
New OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery Addresses Mounting Opioid Addiction Epidemic and Novel Ways to Manage Pain
The OSU Center for Health Sciences today announced the establishment of the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery to combat the impact of opioid addiction in Oklahoma. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., and now prescription drug abuse or opioid addiction is sweeping to epidemic proportion across Oklahoma. OSU Center for Health Sciences has been a leader in addressing the opioid addiction epidemic engulfing Oklahoma. The new OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery will enable OSU Center for Health Sciences to play an even larger role in combatting the opioid crisis in Oklahoma. “As an academic health center, OSU Center for Health Sciences is committed to taking a leading role in battling the opioid addiction epidemic afflicting Oklahomans and their families. We have assets such as clinical expertise, research capability and educational resources that can be deployed to help curtail the misuse and abuse of opioids,” said Kayse Shrum, D.O., President, OSU Center for Health Sciences and Dean, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. “The state of Oklahoma, like much of the nation, is in a crisis because of the opioid epidemic,” said Attorney General Mike Hunter. “I applaud the OSU Center for Health Sciences for being a leader in helping us find a solution by investing in new research and strategies for prevention and treatment.” In 2014, OSU-CHS was one of the first few medical schools nationwide to add an Addiction Medicine course to its medical school curriculum. In 2016, mandated clinical rotations at partnering agency 12&12, Inc. were embedded into the medical school curriculum. Most recently, OSU-CHS launched Project ECHO Addiction Clinic to push addiction treatment knowledge and pain management therapies out to rural areas. “Our Project ECHO Addiction Clinic is uniquely positioned to reach into the rural areas hit hardest by opioid dependency. Through ECHO, OSU-CHS is using videoconferencing technology to equip rural primary care providers with the knowledge and the skills they need to help their patients manage pain and to overcome opioid addiction. This will go a long way with increasing patient access in rural Oklahoma to addiction treatment and pain management services,” said Jason Beaman, D.O., Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at OSUCHS. Most patients become unexpectedly addicted to opioids as pain management tools for conditions such as chronic back pain or for recovery from a routine surgical procedure such as knee or shoulder surgery. Prolonged prescription use can then lead to opioid abuse and addiction. Research is needed to understand the underlying causes that lead to addiction and to develop better guidelines for pain management. The OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery will focus research projects on critical areas such as addiction psychology, the role of the brain in perceiving and managing pain, opioid-related public policy, and alternative modalities for treating chronic pain. The establishment of the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery comes at a critical time for Oklahoma as more and more Oklahomans are suffering from this terrible disease and struggling with pain. “It is imperative that we understand how the brain processes pain and identify evidence-based, non-narcotic alternatives for managing chronic pain. Osteopathic manipulative treatment, acupuncture, meditation and augmented reality are just a few examples of possible alternative therapies for pain management,” said Shrum. The mission of the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery is to champion a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to addiction and pain management through research, education and clinical care. The Center will be Oklahoma’s most comprehensive treatment and research center for understanding and treating pain and addiction. As part of the overall strategic goals for the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery, OSU Center for Health Sciences plans to open an addiction clinic in Tulsa in 2018, to establish an Addiction Medicine Fellowship for the training of future addiction specialists, and to conduct groundbreaking research in all aspects of pain management and addiction. Opioid Facts Oklahoma is 1st in the nation for non-medical use of prescription drugs. In 2015, enough opioids were prescribed in Oklahoma for every adult to have 100 pills More Oklahoma adults age 25-64 die of unintentional prescription opioid overdoses than motor vehicle crashes. Oklahoma has the 18th highest drug overdose death rate in the nation in 2015. About the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences educates osteopathic physicians, scientists, allied health professionals and health care administrators for Oklahoma with an emphasis on serving rural and underserved Oklahoma. OSU-CHS offers graduate and professional degrees with over 1,000 students enrolled in academic programs in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the School of Allied Health, the School of Health Care Administration, the School of Biomedical Sciences, and the School of Forensic Sciences. OSU-CHS operates a network of clinics in the Tulsa area offering a multitude of specialty services including cardiology, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry and women’s health.
Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:25:30 -0600
Student wins contest with judges and audience 
In only three minutes, Mackenzie Landis convinced judges and an audience that the way she explained her topic was so award-winning she received both the first place award from judges and the People’s Choice Award from the audience in the Oklahoma State University Graduate College’s 2017 Three Minute Presentation (3MP) finals. Landis, a master’s degree student in the communication sciences and disorders program, took on nine other finalists and fellow students from the graduate college, to win its third annual contest with her talk titled “Speech-Language Pathologists: Building Communication.” For Landis, winning feels great but she said the biggest benefits are the skills she’ll be able to apply in her professional career.  “As you start editing for a three-minute presentation, you realize some things are not at the core and you have to find it,” Landis said. “As a speech pathologist, talking to parents or someone who was recently diagnosed, and being able to identify the core (challenge) and share that with them is a huge skill this competition helped me define.”  The second and third place finishers were both graduate students in business analytics who talked about artificial intelligence and data analytics for optimization. Ankita Khurana placed second with her presentation, “Why UPS Drivers Don’t Turn Left,” while Shikha Prasad was third with her presentation, “Artificial Intelligence.”  All winners received cash prizes. Landis won $1,000 for her first-place finish and $1,000 for the People’s Choice Award. Khurana earned $750, and Prasad received $500.  The 3MP finals were judged by a diverse group of community members and OSU representatives, while the event emcee was Kelly Burley, director of public radio station KOSU. The 3MP winners will join the winners of the Three Minute Thesis® finals, which will take place on Nov. 15, and in the spring the President's Fellows' Three Minute Challenge, which brings together all 3MP and 3MT winners to select the top graduate student presenters.  The 3MP competition, based on the 3MT®, was created three years ago to teach students the crucial skill of explaining what they do, especially to people outside their field of expertise. OSU’s Graduate College is the first institution to establish this type of competition for non-thesis master’s, education specialist and graduate certificate students who cannot participate in the Three Minute Thesis competition.  The 3MT®, which was developed by the University of Queensland in Australia, gives graduate students in research-based degrees such as thesis master’s or Ph.D. degrees the chance to present their research and win prizes.  For more information about the 3MP and 3MT competitions, visit  Story by Marcia Guevara Valor  PHOTOS:
Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:27:57 -0600