OK-LSAMP STEM program
November 1, 1994 eleven Oklahoma institutions formed an alliance with support from the National Science Foundation’s Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP which subsequently was mandated by the Congress as the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) in honor of Former Congressman Louis Stokes. The 11 participating institutions are: The University of Oklahoma, University of Tulsa, University of Central Oklahoma, Southwestern OSU, Southeastern OSU, Northwestern OSU, Northeastern State University, Langston University, East Central University, Cameron University and Oklahoma State University as the Lead Institution. In the past 14 years Oklahoma Alliance Institutions have awarded 7,180 Bachelor of Science degrees in STEM areas to minority and underrepresented students. Nationwide, approximately 30% of all STEM degrees earned by Native Americans are completed in Oklahoma Institutions. Oklahoma continues to graduate more Native American students than any other state.
SWOSU Chemistry student headed to Spain
Story by Ryan Felder.
Garcia was recently selected as a SWOSU representative for Research Day at the state capitol March 31. She was also recently selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research as one of 74- out of approximately 700 people-presenters to present her research results and meet with members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation at the U.S. Capitol April 13. And, she was recently selected as one of eight students given the opportunity to participate in a 10 week research program in Cadiz, Spain, where she will do marine chemistry research with marine life beginning May 24.
In her research for the capitol, she's working with a drug that is already is use and is trying to improve upon that drug for uses in HIV and anti-cancer. She will be presenting that research at the state and US capitols. In Spain, she will be working in the International Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at the University of Cadiz, Spain, sponsored by Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. She will be working in an organic chemistry setting.
Courtney Garcia Wins the Grand Prize Award at the 16th Annual Research Day at the Capitol
Courtney Garcia wins the grand prize award at the 16th Annual Research Day at the State Capitol where 21 undergraduate student researchers from 15 Oklahoma colleges and universities gathered at the State Capitol. The event showcases the outstanding research being conducted on Oklahoma college campuses. Students’ posters were judged by an independent panel who selected the top seven research presentations.
Pictured (L-R) Rep. Harold Wright, Courtney Garcia, Chancellor Glen D. Johnson
Ms. Cammi Valdez, Math and Chemistry Major, is said to be the “Shinning Star” at Southwestern OSU. She has given presentations in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, Massachusetts, Missouri, and Kansas. She has been awarded multiple chemistry and mathematics scholarships and has a tier 1 publication. Cammi is the first Oklahoma LSAMP Scholar and SWOSU graduate to be accepted into a Ph.D. program at the Harvard School of Medicine, majoring in Chemical Biology.