SWOSU's Courtney Garcia Wins Grand Prize at Oklahoma Research Day
Southwestern Oklahoma State University student Courtney Garcia of Altus (Navajo) was selected the grand prize winner at the recent 16th annual Research Day held at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City.
Twenty one undergraduate student researchers from 15 Oklahoma colleges and universities gathered for the event sponsored by the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.
Garcia’s poster topic was on HIV/Cancer Drug. Her faculty sponsor on the project is Dr. Tim Hubin, associate professor of chemistry at SWOSU. For winning the grand prize, Garcia won a $4,000 grant to help pay for her summer research internship plus a $500 cash award. Hubin’s laboratory gets a $2,500 award for supplies.
Garcia is also a SWOSU OK-LSAMP Scholar (Oklahoma Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation), a program that nurtures and assists students through their undergraduate program while creating opportunities for students to pursue graduate degrees in their selected field of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
At the Research Day, student participants were hand-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. An award ceremony, hosted by Glen D. Johnson, chancellor of the Oklahoma State System of Higher Education, was held at the end of the day.