OSU Welcomes 60 to the Freshman Research Scholars Program

Sixty incoming Oklahoma State University freshmen from 10 states have each received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue an early, hands-on introduction to university-level research this year. Representing 33 majors from aerospace engineering to zoology, the students will participate in the Freshman Research Scholars (FRS) program which has been recognized by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for excellence in undergraduate research programming.

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 that the students choose.

"My mentor personally taught me all of the new research techniques and is always willing to take the time to help me better understand my topic and let me fully participate in research without babying me," said Sydnee Homeyer, a biochemistry major.

"We want to give students a significant research experience so they can take full advantage of all that a comprehensive research university has to offer before they graduate," said Tim O’Neil, Undergraduate Research Coordinator in The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research. "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."

OSU also offers many opportunities for students of all majors and classifications to continue their research beyond the first year. Robust, nationally-recognized undergraduate research programs at OSU include the Lew Wentz Research Program ($4,500 scholarships for up to 50 students annually) and the Niblack Research Scholars ($8,000 scholarships for up to 12 students annually). Through these programs, former Freshman Research Scholars have been awarded more than $120,000 in research funding for the current academic year.

"Of course, you don't have to participate in a formal program to find receptive faculty at OSU who are ready to mentor interested students in research," added O'Neil. "Our faculty makes OSU a truly vibrant community for young scholars with big questions."

"My mentor helped me so much my freshman year and he is still completely willing to support my growth and advancement as a person and a researcher," explained Susan Pham, biochemistry major."He helped me through so many struggles whether academic, research or life-related. It really is a blessing that I found him as a mentor."

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, schdev@okstate.edu or visit us online athttp://www.okstate.edu/scholars.​

The 2014-15 Freshman Research Scholars are listed below by their hometowns.

OKLAHOMA

Bartlesville

Samantha Cheng, Accounting

Megan Kibler, Management Science and Information Systems

Bixby

Emily Wilkinson, Animal Science

Broken Arrow

Meredith McKnight, Health Education and Promotion

Cashion

Madeleine Williams, Computer Science

Choctaw

Tanner Durant, Business Management

Cassidy Gierhart, Electrical Engineering

Claremore

Aubrey McCutchan, Civil Engineering

Davis

Paxton Killblane, Health Education and Promotion

Edmond

Alicia Aguilar, Chemical Engineering

William Freniere, Biochemistry

Ashley Snelling, Secondary Education

Karley Washburn, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Elk City

Katie Thompson, Nutritional Sciences

Enid

Briar Lostlen, Computer Engineering

Jenks

Callie Carpenter, Mechanical Engineering

Sophia Short, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Meeker

Alexis Crowe, Business Management

Moore

Garret Boren, Biochemistry

Norman

Jamie Hays, Accounting and Finance

Okemah

Rachel Sharber, Nutritional Sciences

Oklahoma City

Daniel Bothwell, Electrical Engineering

Kourtney Hall, Psychology

Piedmont

Taylor Baurichter, Civil Engineering

Stillwater

Torin Danilowicz, Chemical Engineering

Charith DeSilva, Physics

Rachel Higgins, Computer Science

Danci Johnston, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Tulsa

Shelby Preece, Sociology and Psychology

Caleb Wilson, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology

Tuttle

Megan Ragsdale, Animal Science

Wagoner

Sydney Stafford, Interior Design

Yukon

Joshua Bedell, Geology

Abby Cain, Human Development & Family Science

Amber LaFerriere, Elementary Education and Mathematics

Sierra Riley, Elementary Education and English

ARKANSAS

Little Rock

Christian Coletti, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Mena

Mellissa Rothenay, Animal Science

Rudy

Kayla Bishop, Chemical Engineering

COLORADO

Colorado Springs

Alexander Cooper, Fire Protection and Safety Technology

CONNECTICUT

West Suffield

Molly Drakeley, Animal Science

IOWA

West Des Moines

Katherine Phillips, Health Education and Promotion

ILLINOIS

Huntley

Taylor Brooks, Zoology

KANSAS

Ellsworth

Maycee Jones, Nutritional Sciences

Marquette

Devon Ronsse, Chemical Engineering

Wichita

MacKenzie Wedman, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

MISSOURI

Marthasville

Cassidy Ward, Plant and Soil Sciences

Rogersville

Carlee Luttrell, BIochemistry and Molecular Biology

NEBRASKA

Lincoln

Anna Hurlbut, Management Science and Information Systems

TEXAS

Allen

Stephen Ziske, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

Austin

Madelyn May, Animal Science

Azle

Rebecca Herrera, Zoology

Canton

Austin Mefford, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology

Colleyville

Sydney Wodrich, Animal Science

Dallas

Benjamin Maes, Sociology

Marcel Watson, Biological Sciences

Heath

Abigail Brandvold, Architectural Engineering

Hondo

Corban Hemphill, Natural Resource Ecology and Management

Magnolia

Emily Allen, History

McKinney

Alix Paulsen, Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology

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