2016-17 Freshman Research Scholars

Sixty incoming Oklahoma State University freshmen from 7 states and representing 28 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.

In this unique first-look at academic inquiry students 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,” says FRS Emily Allen (History). “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,” says FRS Rebecca Herrera (Integrative Biology). “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 undergraduate research opportunities at Oklahoma State University, please contact The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research at 334 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078, 405-744-7313, jessica.roark@okstate.edu or visit us online at http://okstate.edu/scholars.

The 2016-17 Freshman Research Scholars are listed below by their hometowns.

Oklahoma

Buffalo

Max Cosby, Plant and Soil Sciences

Choctaw

Abigail Peterson, Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

Clayton

Gage Clark, Civil Engineering

Comanche

Hailey Williams, Art

Duncan

Jordan Allison, Biochemistry

Durant

Matthew Corley, Undeclared

Edmond

Kristen Ball, Secondary Education

Connor Begansky, Electrical Engineering

Maggie Jones, Nutritional Sciences

William Linihan, Electrical Engineering

Rachel Terry, Biological Sciences and Psychology

Enid

Layne Kisling, Biosystems Engineering

Glencoe

Susan Weckler, Industrial Engineering and Management

Lawton

Lauren Guthridge, Music

Minco

Nathan Herndon, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Norman

Skylar Horn, Elementary Education

Oklahoma City

Katherine Metzinger, Nutritional Sciences

Kali Roberson, Zoology

Jennifer Swinton, Biological Science

Owasso

Mandy Brace, Animal Science

Ayla Chartier, Psychology

Jieni Wang, Accounting

Piedmont

Ashley Moore, Finance

Stillwater

Adrienne Blakey, Plant and Soil Sciences

Blaine Hughes, Aerospace Administration and Operations

Hadley Reuter, Management Information Systems

Talala

Braden Kellogg, Civil Engineering

Tulsa

Ellie Fate, Elementary Education

Emily Nunan, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Yukon

Robyn Hennigh, Marketing

Arkansas

Cabot

Sydney Spillane, Civil Engineering

Fort Smith

Olivia Davis, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Hackett

Matthew Miller, Plant and Soil Sciences

Rogers

Kennedi Faber, Nutritional Sciences

Colorado

Highlands Ranch

Addison Hellier, Architectural Engineering

Kansas

Olathe

Baylee Lawson, Biological Science

Missouri

Kansas City

Jordan Cowger, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Parkville

Lexi Cart, Animal Science; Spanish

Springfield

Audra Metz, Chemical Engineering

South Carolina

Greenville

Alexander Dunbar, Aerospace Administration and Operations

Texas

Arlington

Nicholas Pushee, Finance

Borger

Aaron Madden, Civil Engineering

Fort Worth

Mindi Bracy, Animal Science

Andrew Fritz, Aerospace Engineering; Mechanical Engineering

Grapevine

Shazia Qasim, Finance

Greenville

Cole Mulkey, Finance

Hickory Creek

Jessica Brown, Animal Science

Katy

Jacee McCoy, Biochemistry

Lantana

Joshua Kasitz, Undeclared

Plano

Sarah Johnson, Design, Housing and Merchandising

Prosper

Taryn Blackstock, Recreation Management and Therapeutic Recreation

Madison Whaley, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology

Round Rock

Caroline Perren, Agribusiness

Wichita Falls

Kayla Beaman, Design, Housing and Merchandising

 

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