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SWOSU Chemistry major and OK-LSAMP Scholar to Spend Summer in France

ashlie walkerAshlie Walker, an OK-LSAMP Scholar and Chemistry major at SWOSU will be spending 10 weeks in Grenoble, France during the summer of 2014. Walker was nominated for an International REU position by mentor Dr. Tim Hubin and recently learned of her selection. The program is run by Louisiana State University and aims to give American students the opportunity to study abroad during their undergraduate years. Dr. Randy Duran, the Director of Undergraduate Research at LSU administrates the program. Dr. Duran studied in Europe himself, and wants to give the same opportunity to other undergrad science majors. He routinely targets LSAMP students nationwide to participate in this National Science Foundation funded Research Experience for Undergraduate Students. Ashlie, an accomplished organic and inorganic chemistry researcher at SWOSU already, will spend the summer in the lab of Dr. Guy Royal at the University of Grenoble in France. Extensive nomination and application forms, followed by a rigorous interview resulted in Ashlie's selection.

SWOSU Chemistry student headed to Spain

garciaGarcia 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.

Story by Ryan Felder.

Courtney Garcia Wins the Grand Prize Award at the 16th Annual Research Day at the Capitol

courtney garciaCourtney 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




Cammi Valdez

CAMMI VALDEZ will attend the 2010 Nobel Laureate Conference in Germany.

Cammi Valdez, a SWOSU graduate and OKAMP alum with degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics has been accepted to represent Harvard University at the 2010 summer Nobel Laureate conference in Germany.

Cammi is a PhD candidate in Chemical Biology at Harvard - the first SWOSU grad and first OK-LSAMP Scholar to be a PhD student at Harvard.

She was one of our most productive and dynamic OKAMP grant scholars.

Only 77 graduate students from the United States are invited to attend this conference, only one from Harvard.

In addition to the Nobel Laureate conference, Cammi was also selected to attend the Euroscience Open Forum (EOF) that was held in Torino, Italy, July 2-7, 2010.

Manny Cortez, one of two ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholars featured in the Fall 2009 STATE magazine, is an OKAMP Scholar. SPIRIT Scholars gain an advantage through the program’s scholarships, professional development, networking, internships and mentoring opportunities.


A Consortium of colleges and universities in Oklahoma seeking to improve the quantity and quality of students from underserved populations

The 15th Annual Research Symposium was a great success! There were 179 people in attendance – up 50% from last year! OK-LSAMP Scholars presented 50 posters and made 20 oral presentations.

Daniel H. Wilson, former OK-LSAMP Scholar and noted author and television host, was extremely gracious to serve as keynote speaker. His words included a perfect blend on information, inspiration, and humor.

If you would like to see more pictures, you will find them on our Facebook group page and on the 15th Annual Research Symposium event page. If you have pictures from the symposium that you would like to share, you may also upload your pictures.

We are looking forward to planning next year’s event. If you have suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us.