Southeastern News

Southeastern receives NSF grant to enhance High Performance Computing

DURANT, Okla. –  Southeastern Oklahoma State University, in collaboration with Northeastern, Rogers State, and Southwestern, will receive a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Southeastern will receive approximately $60,000 as its portion of the

$333,000 grant, which will provide a separate network for high speed connections to research computers across Oklahoma and be of great benefit to Southeastern faculty and students’ research using advanced computing systems.

High performance computing (HPC) was first introduced to the campus by former faculty member Mike Morris in the mid-2000s. Over the next five years, Southeastern’s HPC capabilities evolved, with resulting endeavors leading to many presentations, both internationally and by students.
This year, Southeastern mathematics professor Dr. Karl Frinkle has been awarded an Organized Research Grant and a Presidential Partner’s Grant to upgrade the power of the current HPC cluster. Southeastern’s HPC center is made possible by the collaboration of numerous departments and individuals on campus and is truly a university-wide effort that provides students hands-on opportunities with cutting edge research technology.

Frinkle also noted that members of the community have donated computer equipment to assist in the effort.

Southeastern student earns state recognition for poster entry

Matt Maxwell’s entry earned third place honors at the symposium.

Matt Maxwell’s entry earned third place honors at the symposium.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University sophomore Matt Maxwell’s poster presentation at the recent Oklahoma-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (OK-LSAMP’s) 21st annual Research Symposium earned a third place award.  The competition included students from all over the state, including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and Tulsa University.

The title of Maxwell’s entry was Effect of Enzyme Loading on Extrusion & Alkali Extrusion Pretreated Sweep Sorghum Bagasse.

Maxwell’s research was conducted last summer during an internship that

focused on renewable energy in the form of biofuels. The internship was at

Oklahoma State University and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

He is a  biology/chemistry major from Durant and a  student of Dr. Brad Ludrick, Associate Professor of Biology, Science Education Advisor and OK-LSAMP Coordinator at Southeastern. Maxwell has also been selected to represent OK-LSAMP and Southeastern at the National Conference for Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science in Washington, D.C., in late October, with travel funded by NSF.

“Matt is a hard worker and an excellent student,’’ Ludrick said. “He is a great example of the high quality of students we have at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.”