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Southeastern senior earns first place at Research Day at the Capitol

Payton Whitehead of Colbert is shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson at Research Day at the Capitol. Twenty-two undergraduate students representing 17 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during this annual event sponsored by Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.

Payton Whitehead of Colbert is shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson at Research Day at the Capitol. Twenty-two undergraduate students representing 17 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during this annual event sponsored by Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.

DURANT, Okla. – Payton Whitehead, a senior at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, captured first place honors at Research Day at the Capitol on March 26-27.

Research Day at the Capitol was established more than 20 years ago to showcase the outstanding undergraduate research being conducted at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities in the areas of science (including social science), technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students are nominated by their institutions’ leadership to participate in the prestigious event, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR), and the National Science Foundation.

Nominated students present their research to State Legislators and the public in the State Capitol Rotunda during the legislative session. In addition, students’ posters and oral presentations are competitively judged by an independent panel; winners are announced at the conclusion of Research Day, during an awards ceremony held in the Capitol’s Blue Room.

Whitehead, from Colbert, Oklahoma, took first place in the Regional and Community Colleges division for his entry in enzyme biochemistry research. He received a certificate and a $500 cash prize for his winning efforts, based on his presentation to a team of judges.

He is a Chemistry major/minor on the Biochemical Technology track.

Whitehead, who will graduate in May, has been accepted into the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate program in the Biology Department at the University of North Texas. He plans to pursue a career in  biochemical research.

Southeastern student places third in Research Day competition

Kent Davidson of Grant, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, was selected to represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day held recently at the State Capitol. Twenty-five undergraduate students representing 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during the annual event sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Davidson won third place in the regional university and community college category for his cancer cell metabolism research.

Kent Davidson of Grant, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, was selected to represent Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day held recently at the State Capitol. Twenty-five undergraduate students representing 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during the annual event sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to raise awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities. Davidson won third place in the regional university and community college category for his cancer cell metabolism research.

DURANT, Okla. – Twenty-five undergraduate student researchers from 19 Oklahoma colleges and universities gathered at the State Capitol recently for the 19th annual Research Day at the Capitol.

Representing Southeastern Oklahoma State University was Kent Davidson from Grant, Oklahoma.  He earned third place honors in the Regional University & Community College Category for Posters.  His topic was Cancer Cell Metabolism.

Student participants were selected by their institutions to present scientific research posters during the prestigious event, which is designed to showcase the outstanding research being conducted on Oklahoma college campuses and to make legislators and the public aware of how the research can positively impact our state.

Students’ posters were competitively judged by an independent panel that selected the top seven research presentations in three categories—overall winner, regional universities and research-intensive institutions.  The students received awards at the conclusion of the event, during an award ceremony hosted by Glen D. Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education.

Dr. Nancy Paiva, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Southeastern, served as Davidson’s advisor for the event.

Research Day at the Capitol is sponsored by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.

Southeastern student participates in Research Day at the Capitol

Andrew Williams of Southeastern visits with Rep. Dustin Roberts and Rep. Tommy Hardin at Research Day at the Capitol.

DURANT, Okla. –Andrew Williams of Madill represented Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day at the Capitol, held recently in Oklahoma City.

Twenty-four undergraduate students representing 17 Oklahoma colleges and universities presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public during this annual event, which is sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, and the National Science Foundation. This event is designed to bring about awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.

Williams’ research project was titled, “Changes in Stream Characteristics after an Episode of Extreme Drought.” He is a senior majoring in occupational safety & health, with a minor in environmental science. Williams’ mentor is Dr. Margaret Avard, professor of earth and environmental sciences.

“We were thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in Research Day at the Capitol this year,’’ Avard said. “It is a great experience for students as they are able to share their research, network with students and faculty from other institutions of higher education, and interact with state legislators.”