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Assistant Vice President, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs

University of Central Oklahoma (405) 974-3497 Office of Research & Sponsored Programs NUC 341C , Box 132


Gregory M. Wilson, Ph.D., currently serves as Assistant Vice President for the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs.  He also has earned rank of Professor in the Department of Biology at UCO.  In his current role as AVP for Research, Greg directs intramural funding for faculty and students engaged in research, scholarly, and creative pursuits, supports faculty and students with patent filings, and oversees grant applications submitted to external organizations.

Greg also serves as an elected councilor to the At-Large Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and serves as a representative on the National Conference on Undergraduate Research Oversite Committee (NOC).

Education and Certifications


  • Ph.D. in Zoology, Oklahoma State University, August 2001.  Dissertation: “Phylogeography of four species of boreal-adapted rodents in the central Rocky Mountain region.”
  • M.S. in Biology, Fort Hays State University, December 1994.  Thesis: “Taxonomic status of populations of the southern bog lemming, Synaptomys cooperi, on the Great Plains.”
  • B.A. in Biology, Central College, May 1991, including study in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico, Fall 1989.  Research project: “Cranial morphological variation among populations of the meadow vole, Microtus pennsylvanicus, in Iowa.”

Classes Taught

  • Human Anatomy & Laboratory: BIO 2504
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy & Laboratory: BIO 3254
  • General Biology & Laboratory: BIO 1214
  • Critical Thinking in Leadership: LEAD 3990


  • Assistant Professor – Department of Biology, 2001 – 2006
  • Associate Professor – Department of Biology, 2006 – 2010
  • Professor – Department of Biology, 2010 – present
  • Interim Associate Dean, Jackson College of Graduate Studies & Research, 2006 – 2008
  • Executive Director, Office of Research & Grants, 2008 – 2012
  • Assistant Vice President, Office of Research & Grants, 2012 – 2015
  • Assistant Vice President, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, 2015 – present

Selected University Committees/Service

  • Research Advisory Council (RAC), 2004-present
    • Chair, 2006-present
  • UCO Institutional Review Board (IRB)
    • Chair, 2006-2008
    • Ex officio Member, 2008-present
  • UCO Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
    • Chair, 2006-2008
    • Member 2008-2012
  • Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Team (URCAT)
    • Chair, 2007-2015
    • Member, 2003-present 

Honors and Awards

  • Vanderford Faculty Award, in Support of Undergraduate Research, Creative & Scholarly Activities, University of Central Oklahoma, 2005
  • Educators’ Leadership Academy, Outstanding Professors’ Academy, 2005-2006
  • Hauptman Fellowship Award, College of Mathematics and Science, University of Central Oklahoma, 2007
  • Recognition of Excellence Award, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference, 2011        
  • Modeling The Way, Provost Award, University of Central Oklahoma, 2011
  • Outstanding Community and Campus Collaboration Award, Heartland Conference, Oklahoma Campus Compact, 2011
  • American Genetic Association, Stephen J. O’Brien Award, for best paper in Journal of Heredity, “Genetic signature of reproductive manipulation in the phylogeography of the bat fly, Trichobius major”, 2012


In his free time, Greg enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports (especially English Premier Soccer on the weekends), walking, reading, and woodworking.

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), 2004—present
    • Elected as Councilor in the At-Large Division, 2009—present
    • Member, Executive Board (CUR E-Board), 2016—2018
    • Chair, At-Large Division, 2016—2018
    • National Conference on Undergraduate Research Oversight Committee (NOC), Member, 2016—present             
  • National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) 2018
    • Co-Chair, Planning Committee, 2014—2018
    • Co-Chair, Executive Committee, 2014—2018
  • Council on Research for Regional Universities, Oklahoma Research Day
    • UCO Representative, 2011—present
    • Chair, Planning Committee, 2011—2013
  • American Society of Mammalogists (Life Membership since 1996)
    • Membership Committee, 1993—2008
    • Education and Graduate Students Committee, 1997—2014
    • Honoraria Committee, 2004—2008
  • Central Oklahoma Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Alliance (COSTEMA)
    • UCO representative 2015—present
  • Southwestern Association of Naturalists
    • Editorial Coordinator, The Southwestern Naturalist, 2000—2001
    • Elected to Board of Governors, 2003—2006
    • Chairperson, Membership Committee, 2005—2015
    • Membership Committee, 2005—2018
  • Oklahoma Academy of Science
    • Vice Chair, Biology Section, 2006—2007
    • Chair, Biology Section, 2007—2008
    • Graduate Student Award Committee, member, 2006—2012
    • Moderator, Biological Sciences Session, technical meeting, 2007
  • Sigma Xi, University of Central Oklahoma
    • Secretary/Treasurer, 2002—2004
    • President-Elect, 2006—2007
    • President, 2007—2008
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society, Psi Mu Chapter
    • UCO Faculty Advisor, 2002—2006
  • Central Plains Society of Mammalogists
    • Oklahoma representative to the Board of Governors, 2005—2014
    • Chair, Distinguished Service Award Committee, 2006—2010
    • Chair, Local Committee, Host of annual meeting, October 2006
  • Society of Research Administrators International (SRA), Oklahoma Chapter
    • Local Planning Committee, August 2008
  • Council on Grantsmanship and Research (CGR) Working Group, Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO)
    • UCO representative, 2006—present
    • Chair, 2010—2011
  • Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
    • Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) Committee, 2010—2014
    • Undergraduate Research Steering Committee, 2010—2015
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Office of Research Administration
    • Ethics Investigation Committee Member, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2020

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities


  • Bowles, J.B., D. Howell, J.W. Van Zee, and G.M. Wilson.  1996.  Use of alternate roost trees by the evening bat, Nycticeius humeralis, in Iowa.  Pp. 217-224, in Contributions in Mammalogy:  A memorial volume honoring Dr. J. Knox Jones, Jr., (H.H. Genoways and R.J. Baker, eds.), Museum of Texas Tech University, 315 pp.
  • Wilson, G.M., J.B. Bowles, and J.W. Van Zee.  1996.  Current status of the plains pocket mouse in Iowa.  Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science, 103:52-55.
  • Wilson, G.M., and J.R. Choate.  1996.  Continued westward dispersal of the woodchuck in Kansas.  The Prairie Naturalist, 28:21-22.
  • Wilson, G.M., and J.R. Choate.  1997.  Taxonomic status and biogeography of the southern bog lemming, Synaptomys cooperi, on the central Great Plains.  Journal of Mammalogy, 78:444-458.
  • King, C.B., G.M. Wilson, and P.D. Sudman.  1999.  New records of the pygmy shrew (Sorex hoyi) in southeastern South Dakota.  The Prairie Naturalist, 31:115-117.  
  • Wilson, G.M., R.A. Van Den Bussche, P.K. Kennedy, A. Gunn, and K.G. Poole.  2000.  Genetic variability of wolverines (Gulo gulo) from the Northwest Territories, Canada: conservation implications.  Journal of Mammalogy, 81:186-196.
  • Wilson, G.M., R.A. Van Den Bussche, K. McBee, L. A. Johnson, and C.A. Jones.  2005.  Intraspecific phylogeography of red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) in the central Rocky Mountain region of North America.  Genetica, 125:141-154.
  • Astley, R.A., J. Chodosh, W. Caire, and G.M. Wilson.  2007.  Conjunctival lymphoid follicles in New World rodents.  The Anatomical Record, 290:1190-1194.
  • Garic, J.M., and G.M. Wilson.  2007.  What business do IRBs have in business?  Business Review, Journal of St Joseph’s College of Business Administration, 2:117-125.
  • Wilson, G.M., K.S. Byrd, W. Caire, and R.A. Van Den Bussche.  2007.   Lack of population genetic variation in the bat fly (Trichobius major) in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas based on DNA sequence data for the cytochrome oxidase I (COI) and NADH dehydrogenase 4 (ND4) genes.  Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, 87:31-36.
  • Lack. J.B., R.S. Pfau, and G.M. Wilson.  2010.  Demographic history and incomplete lineage sorting obscure population genetic structure of the Texas mouse (Peromyscus attwateri).  Journal of Mammalogy, 91:314-325.
  • Caire, W., L.S. Loucks, G.M. Wilson, B.K. McDonald, D.A. Early, and T. Payne.  2010. Annotated checklist of the mammals of the Four Canyon Preserve, Ellis County, Oklahoma.  Proceedings of the Oklahoma Academy of Science, 90:35-44.
  • Lack, J.B., R.D. Nichols, G.M. Wilson, and R.A. Van Den Bussche.  2011.  Genetic signature of reproductive manipulation in the phylogeography of the bat fly, Trichobius major.   Journal of Heredity, 102:705-718.
  • Wohlers, T.E., G.M. Wilson, S.N. Rao, L. Gwyn, K. Schoonover-Redden, and J.R. Malayer.  2012.  Celebrating undergraduate research in Oklahoma: the history and impact of statewide undergraduate research conferences.  CUR Quarterly, 32:15-20.
  • Barthell, J.F., W.R. Chen, B.K. Endicott, C.A. Hughes, W.J. Radke, C.K. Simmons, and G.M. Wilson.  2013.  Encouraging and sustaining a culture of student-centered research at a predominantly undergraduate institution.  CUR Quarterly, 34:41-47.
  • Barthell, J., M. Pope, J. King, C. Verschelden, C. Hughes, and G.M. Wilson. 2014. Using a transformative learning transcript to assess high-impact practices. A Collection of Papers on Quality in Higher Education. Higher Learning Commission.
  • Tapaltsyan, V., C. Charles, J. Hu, D. Mindell, N. Ahituv, G.M. Wilson, B.L. Black, L. Viriot, and O.D. Klein. 2015.  Identification of novel Fgf enhancers and their role in dental evolution.  Evolution & Development, 17:220-230.
  • Springer, M.S., J.F. Barthell, C.K. Simmons, D. Jackson-Hardwick, and G.M. Wilson.  2018.  Broadening Campus Participation in Undergraduate Research through the Office of High-Impact Practices.  SPUR: Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research, 1:69-75.


  • Kinders, M.A., P. Glenn, and G.M. Wilson.  2020. Budgeting in an Era of Political and Institutional Turmoil. In Freeman, J. P., C. L. Keller, and R.L. Cambiano (Ed.), Higher Education Response to Exponential Societal Shifts (pp. 39-66). IGI Global. http://doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-2410-7.ch003


  • Wilson, G.M.  1993.  Threatened Species Information Sheet, Gray Myotis or Gray Bat, Myotis grisescens, Howell.  Processed by Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, 8 pp.
  • Choate, J.R., S.R. Hoofer, and G.M. Wilson.  1997.  Taxonomic and geographic checklist of the collection of mammals, Sternberg Museum of Natural History (MHP).  Processed by Fort Hays State University, 14 pp.

Selected Presentations at Professional Conferences:

  • Wilson, G.M., and W.J. Radke.  2010.  Promoting transformation: supporting student and faculty collaborations in research, creative, and scholarly activities at a metropolitan university.  Council on Undergraduate Research, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, 19-22 June. (Poster)
  • Chen, W.R., C.K. Simmons, M.B. Vaughan, J.F. Barthell, G.M. Wilson, and B.E. Endicott.  2011.  Faculty mentoring and student retention among STEM majors.  STEP 2011: Institutional Culture, Institutional Change and Institutionalization STEP Grantees Meeting, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC, 17-18 March. (Poster)
  • Chen, W.R., M.B. Vaughan, J.F. Barthell, G.M. Wilson, B.E. Endicott, and C.K. Simmons.  2011.  UCO STEP and S-STEM programs – a transformative experience for STEM majors through faculty mentoring and student research.  Transformative Learning Conference, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK, 20 April. (Poster)
  • Barthell, J.F., W.R. Chen, B.E. Endicott, C.H. Hughes, W.J. Radke, C.K. Simmons, and G.M. Wilson.  2011.  Center for Undergraduate Research and Education in STEM: early results of a transformative learning initiative.  Oklahoma Research Day, Cameron University, 4 November. (Poster)
  • Mason, L., and G.M. Wilson.  2011.  Incorporating student research at PUIs.  National Council of University Research Administrators, Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, 6-9 November.  (Paper)
  • Barthell, J.F., C.K. Simmons, G.M. Wilson, B.E. Endicott, and W.R. Chen.  2012.  A student-centered, faculty-driven mechanism to institutionalize STEP bridge activities.  Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (STEP), 2012 Grantees Meeting, Crystal Gateway Marriot, Arlington, VA, 14-16 March. (Poster)
  • Wilson, G.M., L.S. Freed, A. Medina, and K.A. Mingo.  2012.  So you think you want to be a research administrator?  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Conference, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ, 23-26 June. (Paper)
  • Wilson, G.M., C. Hughes, C. Verschelden.  2014.  Assessing and documenting learning in student research.  5th Annual Promoting Undergraduate Research Conference, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City, OK, 26 September. (Paper)
  • Barthell, J.F., G.M. Wilson, M. Springer, and C. Kilbourne.  2015.  Cutting-edge approaches to assessing student learning: undergraduate research and the Student Transformative Learning Project.  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Undergraduate Research Program Directors’ Meeting, University of Oklahoma-Norman, Norman, OK, 23-25 June. (Paper)
  • Harper, G., M. Hart, and G.M. Wilson.  2016.  Quality assurance in undergraduate research.  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 26-28 June. (Paper)
  • Barthell, J.F., D. Jackson-Hardwick, C.F. Simmons, M.S. Springer, and G.M. Wilson.  2016.  Broadening participation: building a High Impact Practices office.  Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Conference, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 26-28 June. (Paper)
  • Barthell, J.F., C.F. Simmons, M.S. Springer, G.M. Wilson, and D. Jackson-Hardwick.  2018.  Celebrating Undergraduate Research: Successes and Lessons Learned in Hosting NCUR 2018.  A Retrospective on NCUR 2018 by the Hosting Campus: Successes and Lesson Learned.  Creating Collaborative Connections in & through Undergraduate Research, CUR Biennial Conference 2018, Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, VA, 1-3 July. (Paper)
  • Barthell, J.F., G.M. Wilson, M.S. Springer, C.F. Simmons, G. Steward, and D. Jackson-Hardwick.  2018.  Celebrating Undergraduate Research: Successes and Lessons Learned in Hosting NCUR 2018.  American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 2018 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting, Hyatt Regency Bellevue, Seattle, WA, 26-29 July. (Paper)

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