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OK-LSAMP Alliance Activities

activity-1The 19th Annual Research Symposium was held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Oklahoma State University. We were excited to have Dr. Dwight E. Adams, Director of the University of Central Oklahoma Forensic Sciences Institute, serve as the keynote speaker. Dr. Adams spent 23 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and his presentation was inspiring and informative. Diana Lizarraga, Director of Cal NERDS at the University of California-Berkeley, spoke about today's generation of young scientists. Logan Watts, Training Coordinator at the University of Oklahoma's Research Center, provided a seminar on research ethics. OK-LSAMP and invited scholars made 21 oral presentations and 58 poster presentations. 232 faculty, staff, students, and guests attended this event - thank you to all attendees!

activity-2The 18th Annual Research Symposium was held onSaturday, October 6, 2012, at Oklahoma State University. Dr. BJ Bench, former OK-LSAMP Scholar, presented the keynote address. Dr. Bench received his BS degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He continued his education to receive a Ph.D. from Texas A&M and is now a chemist at Tyson Foods Safety and Research Lab. Darron "DJ" Lamkin, OSU BD Fellow, gave a seminar on "Defining Your Research Focus" and Desmond Harvey, OU BD Fellow and Coordinator in the OSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, gave a seminar on giving presentations. OK-LSAMP and invited scholars made 16 oral presentations and 40 poster presentations to 188 faculty, staff, students, and guests.

activity-3The 17th Annual Research Symposium was held on Saturday, October 1, 2011. We were enthralled by the keynote address presented by Dr. Tyrone Hayes, professor at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Hayes’ research focuses on the effects of atrazine (a chemical found in many pesticides) on frogs. Dr. Hayes’s presentation was both extremely entertaining and educational. He has made numerous discoveries through his research and continues to search for more answers and collaborate with other researchers in the nation and across the globe. OK-LSAMP and invited scholars made 15 oral presentations and presented 41 posters to the 195 attendees to the symposium. In addition to the keynote address and research presentations, there was a session on Research Ethics given by Evan Davis and information on summer internships and graduate school opportunities was made available to attendees.