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Media Advisory: Oklahoma Research Day To Spotlight Best In Student Creativity and Innovation March 8

March 7, 2013

Media Contact:  Adrienne Nobles, Assistant Vice President for University Relations, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2103,

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WHEN: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, March 8

WHERE: University of Central Oklahoma campus - Wellness Center (8:30 a.m. to noon), Nigh University Center (12:30-3 p.m.)

WHAT:  Oklahoma Research Day offers college students throughout the state, nation and world the opportunity present their unique research on a variety of academic topics, exploring their own creativity while networking with other scholars. Attendees can expect to see ideas that could lead to new discoveries and innovations. Highlights of this year’s event include:

  • More than 600 research poster presentations by students from 25 Oklahoma institutions, nine out-of-state institutions, and two international institutions from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Wellness Center.
  • Keynote address from Elizabeth Ambos, Ph.D., executive officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research, which supports and facilitates high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship in higher education nationwide.
  • A reading of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin’s proclamation recognizing March 4-8, 2013 as Undergraduate Research Week in the state.
  • Students, faculty and staff collaborating in the spirit of the day’s theme, “Advancing Knowledge, Encouraging Creativity.”

In its 14th year, Oklahoma Research Day prepares students to not only present research on a national level, but also for their career after college in advancing critical thinking and encouraging innovation.

“Students engaged in research, creative and scholarly activities with a faculty mentor have significantly higher retention and graduation rates,” said Gregory Wilson, Ph.D., assistant vice president for research and grants at Central, connecting the event to the goals of the Complete College America initiative. Governor Fallin and the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have articulated a goal of 50,900 more degrees and certificates earned by 2023 as a part of the initiative.

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