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Research Day at the Capitol


General Information

The prestigious event is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR), and the National Science Foundation. The event's objective is to showcase the outstanding undergraduate research being conducted at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities in the areas of science (including social science), technology, engineering, and mathematics. Oklahoma State University is allowed to send four undergraduates to this event.


Research Day at the Capitol encompasses multiple activities. One afternoon in late March, students’ posters and oral presentations are individually judged at a location in Oklahoma City. The next morning, students share their research during a poster exhibit at the State Capitol Building and meet with legislators; poster competition winners are also announced during an awards ceremony.



  • The student must be a legal resident of Oklahoma.
  • The student must be enrolled as an undergraduate at Oklahoma State University for the entirety of the academic year.
  • The student’s research must have originated from and been conducted at Oklahoma State University in the fields of science (including social science), technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Priority will be given to students with prior experience presenting a poster at a research conference or symposium (can be internal to OSU or at a professional conference).
  • The student MUST attend all sessions indicated below. Waivers will not be granted; make-up dates will not be scheduled.
    1. Informational Training Session via video - View by early January.
    2. Poster and Oral Presentation Judging Session - half day (afternoon) in mid-March at a location in Oklahoma City
    3. Research Day at the Capitol Activities - half day (morning); held the day following the poster judging. Student posters are on exhibit in the State Capitol Rotunda, students meet with legislators and Capitol guests, and poster competition winners are announced during an awards ceremony.


Application Process

The OSU Vice President for Research issues a call for applications in mid-August. Applications are due in mid-October and consist of the following materials:  1) on-line application form; 2) abstract describing the research project; and 3) faculty mentor's statement of commitment. Students are notified regarding their selection in mid-November. As noted above, Oklahoma State University is allowed to send four undergraduates to the event.


OSU's 2024 Student Representatives

Congratulations to the undergraduate students who represented OSU at the 2024 Research Day at the Capitol.

  • Kathryn Buckmaster, “The Role of Interferon Stimulated Genes in Early Recognition of Pregnancy in Cattle”, from Porter, OK and advised by Dr. Joao Moraes, Animal and Food Sciences
  • Olivia Fulkerson, “Accelerating Design and Additive Manufacturing of Polymer Matrix Composites”,  from Edmond, OK and advised by Dr. Sri Ramesh, Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Jacob O'Hara, “Data-driven Diabetic Retinopathy (DR) Prediction with the Assistance of a Score-based Diffusion Model”, from Broken Arrow, OK and advised by Dr. Chenang Liu, Industrial Engineering and Management
  • Jake Patterson, “Identification of an Antivirulence Signal Produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa Clinical Isolates”, from Poteau, OK and advised by Dr. Erika Lutter, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
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