Wentz Research Grants

2016-17 Wentz Research Scholars

Thanks to the generosity of the Lew Wentz Foundation, 38 OSU undergraduates of all classifications and representing every college on the Stillwater campus will receive a total of $171,000 in financial aid for the 2016-17 academic year.  Last spring The Henry Bellmon Office of Scholar Development and Undergraduate Research coordinated the competitive selection process for these awards. 

Fall 2015 | Wentz Semester Research Grant

Thanks to the generosity of the Lew Wentz Foundation, 26 Oklahoma State University undergraduates representing a range of disciplines will each receive a $750 Fall 2015 Wentz Semester Research Grant to conduct an original research project under the guidance of an OSU faculty member.

Current Wentz Research Scholars

2019-20 Wentz Research Scholars 

Trevor Anderson, Stillwater, OK
Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Arvind Santhanakrishnan
“Force Generation and Flow Structures on Revolving Bristled Wings at Low Reynolds Number”

Alexis Barry, Oklahoma City, OK
Marketing and Management
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Whitley
“Which types of sampling (free vs paid) are more enjoyable to consumers?”

Blake Bartlett, Greenwood, AR
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ashlee Ford Versypt
“Computer Modeling of Aerosol Diffusion through Lung Mucosa”

Christina Baxter, Oklahoma City, OK
Physiology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sarah Kucker
“Kinesthetic and Social Factors in Child Language Learning”

Sydney Bellah, Stillwater, OK
Human Development and Family Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alex Bishop
“A Time to Heal: Examining Forgiveness Among Women in Prison”

Tyler Blackshare, Jenks, OK
Mechanical and Aereospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Arvind Santhanakrishnan
“Comparative Study of Metachronal and Synchronous Swimming for Bio-inspired Underwater Propulsion”

Lyndee Branen, Stillwater, OK
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Madhan Subramanian
“Cellular Senescence in the Brainstem: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Aging”

Nicole Clapp, Oklahoma City, OK
Physiology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Michael Reichert
“The Effect of Arginine Vasotocin on Competitive Behavior in Hyla versicolor”

Jessica Cornell, Clinton, OK
Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Biology 
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Garry Marley 
“Microbial Diversity in Zinc and Lead Contaminated Soil from the Tar Creek Superfund”

Jacob Cowing, Broken Arrow, OK
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Clint Aichele
“Experimental Study of The Effect of Protein Excipient Interaction on Secondary Structure of Therapeutic Proteins”

Omid Darbandi, Tulsa, OK
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Erika Lutter
“Antibiotic Resistance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from Cystic Fibrosis Patients”

Cameron Davison, Abilene, TX
Multidisciplinary Studies
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Kalianne Neumann
“Helping Hands: The Effect of 3D-Printing on ASL Literature Instruction”

Elizabeth Dworkin, Dallas, TX
Plant and Soil Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Josh Lofton
“Comprehensive Cost and Quality Analysis for Five Key Varieties of Soybean”

Roukaya El Mokadem, Broken Arrow, OK
Chemistry
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jimmie Weaver
“Taming Two (photocatalytic) Transformations; Reductive Alkenylation and Isomerization of 2-Bromoazoles”

Destinee Elliott, Ardmore, OK
Nutritional Sciences/Allied Health
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Sam Emerson
“Does Coffee Intake Affect the Validity of an Oral Fat Tolerance Test?”

Ashley Gin, Oklahoma City, OK
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Glenn Zhang
“Induction of Host Defense Peptide Synthesis by S-Adenosylhomocysteine”

Jacob Gray, Fayetteville, AR
Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tay Kennedy
“Effects of Nutrition Knowledge and Diet Quality on BMI in Young-Adult Men”

Abby Haddox, Okemah, OK
Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aurelie Azoug
“Posture Changes During Pregnancy: Influence of Footwear on the Risk of Falling of Pregnant Women”

Bethany Hatter, Stillwater, OK
Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brenda Smith
“Understanding How Dried Plum's Bioactive Components Mediate their Effects on Intestinal Mucosal Immunity”

Caitlin Haug, Richardson, TX
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ashlee Ford Versypt
“Exploring Controlled Release Alternatives for Psychosomatic Drugs”

Christopher Jones, Edmond, OK
Geology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Natascha Riedinger
“Assessing the Impact of Hydrothermal Fluids on Trace Metal Concentrations in the Scotia Sea”

Braden Kellogg, Talala, OK
Civil Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Greg Wilber
“Improving Biosand Filter Performance for Highly Contaminated Waters”

Cameron Ketelsleger, Edmond, OK
Chemical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Ozgur Capraz
“Developing an Effective Protocol to Prepare Sodium Electrodes for Na-ion Battery Testing”

Kable Kleck, Weleetka, OK
Geology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jim Puckette
“Using Zircon Geochronology to Determine Sand Provenance in Northeastern Oklahoma”

Chase LaSpisa, Bartlesville, OK
Political Science
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Holley Hansen
“Does Regional Oil Wealth Promote Repression? A Geographic Information Systems Analysis of Government Response to Protest in Non-Democratic Countries”

Tanner Luther, Oklahoma City, OK
History, Philosophy
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Holly Karibo
“A Concise History of LGBTQ+ Americans in the Labor Movement”

Sergio Mares, Stillwater, OK
Biochemistry/Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Mariana Patrauchan
“CarP, an important component of Ca2+ signaling network and a Pseudomonas biomarker”

Macy McAnally, Lewisville, TX
Apparel Merchandising
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Hyejune Park
“Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Apparel Retailing: Examining Retail Strategies to Enhance the Customer Experience”

Jackson Moore, Edmond, OK
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jamey Jacob
“Experimental Investigation of Wing Color and Flight Efficiency of the Wandering Albatross”

Truc Ngo, Oklahoma City, OK
Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Arvind Santhanakrishnan
“Wing-Wing Interaction of Bristled Wings in Fling”

Elizabeth Oak, Harrison, AR
Natural Resource Ecology and Management
Faculty Mentor: Dr. W. Sue Fairbanks 
“The Incidence of Sarcoptes scabiei in Ursus americanus in Southeastern Oklahoma”

Joel Quarnstrom, Prairie Village, KS
Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Yujiang Xiang
“Stroke Rehabilitation Device for the Upper Arm”

Claire Ringer, Perry, OK
History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Laura Arata
“The W.A.V.E.S. at Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College”

Donald Robichaux, Thibodaux, LA
Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Haejun Park
“The Effect of Compartment Size on the Projected Flame Height out of an Opening”

Kara Robinson, Okarche, OK
Nutritional Sciences
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Brenda Smith
“Tart Cherry Supplementation and Chronic Exercise for an Age-old Problem”

Ryan Sloan, Stillwater, OK
Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Randy Morgenstein
“Synthetic Lethal Screen for Novel Bacterial Cell Shape Genes”

Ryder Snap, Owasso, OK
Psychology, History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tonia Sharlach
“Syncretism and the Politics of Divinity in Ancient Babylon”

Robert Luke Stevenson, Bixby, OK
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Jamey Jacob
“From Science Fiction to Reality: Recreating Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet (A Quantitative Analysis of UAV Visual Signature Reduction via Electroluminescence)”

Collin Thornton, Duncan, OK
Computer and Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. He Bai
“Security for Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems”

Emilie Tindle, Collinsville, OK
History
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Richard Boles
“Historiographical Analysis of the Texas Border in the Mexican American War, 1845-1848”

Emma Turner, Edmond, OK
Biochemistry and Microbiology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Divya Jaroni
“Evaluation of Bacteriophages for the Removal of Escherichia coli O157:H7  from Bovine Intestinal Cell Lines”

JW Wallace, Stillwater, OK
Mechanical and Aereospace Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Aurelie Azoug
“4D-printing bio inspired soft robots”

 

 

2015-16 Wentz Research Grants

2015-16 Wentz Research Grants

The Lew Wentz Foundation and Oklahoma State University provide support for the nationally recognized Wentz Research program.