2019 Research Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 8:30am - 12:00pm

About the Event

The 2019 Research Day at the Capitol will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at the State Capitol of Oklahoma. The event was established over 20 years ago 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. Students are nominated by their institutions' leadership to participate in the prestigious event, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR), and the National Science Foundation. 

Nominated students present their research to State Legislators and the public in the State Capitol's fourth floor rotunda during the legislative session. In addition, students’ posters and oral presentations are competitively judged by an independent panel; winners are announced at the conclusion of Research Day, during an awards ceremony at the Capitol.   

Timeline & Activities

  • Thursday, November 1, 2018
    Nomination deadline 
    (Online submission, including uploaded financial responsibility form and abstract) 
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018
    Student informational training session
    9:30 a.m. – Noon, Hyatt Place Hotel, Oklahoma City
    Student Participation Mandatory 
  • December 2, 2018 – March 24, 2019  
    Students prepare scientific posters, oral presentations and poster display units
  • Monday, February 4, 2019 (8 a.m.)
    Students’ revised abstracts and lodging requests are due (access the abstract form)

  • Monday, March 11, 2019
    Online registration closes (all attendees)
  • Monday, March 25, 2019
    Judging of students' oral presentations and posters
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Place Hotel, Oklahoma City
    Student Participation Mandatory 
    (Individually scheduled times; students only) 

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Research Day at the Capitol: State Capitol, 4th Floor Rotunda
    Students arrive and set up posters, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.,
    Posters on exhibit, students meet with Legislators & public, 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
    Student Participation Mandatory 
    (All registered guests are invited; open to the public)
  • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    Awards ceremony
    11:30 a.m. – Noon, 2nd Floor Rotunda, State Capitol, Oklahoma City
    Student Participation Mandatory
    (All registered guests are invited)

Poster Competition and Awards

A panel of EPSCoR-appointed judges will review students' poster presentations from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019, at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Oklahoma City. Judging will consist of an oral presentation by the student (3 minutes/timed), followed immediately by poster review and Q&A by the judges (5 minutes/timed).

Posters will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Abstract (format, clarity, societal impact, objective of study, results, and conclusions)
  2. Scientific presentation
    (Purpose, hypothesis, background information, results, impact, suggested further study)
  3. Visual appearance
  4. Clarity for general audiences
  5. Societal impact statement 

The top student researchers will be awarded the following:

  • Grand Prize is a $500 award plus $4,000 summer research internship; $2,500 award to the sponsoring Oklahoma college/university lab to offset expenses of hosting the internship
  • First ($500), second ($250), and third ($250) place prizes will be awarded in each of the following two categories: 1) Research Intensive Institutions and 2) Regional, Community and Tribal Colleges

Designated Conference Hotel

Hyatt Place Hotel
1511 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK  73118

  • Negotiated room rate: $95/night, complimentary self-parking
  • Deadline to book a room is February 25 or when the block reaches maximum capacity
  • *Book a room online: Hotel Reservation Link 
    Promo code "G-OKEP" will prepopulate; you only need to enter your travel date.)
  • Book a room via phone: 405-840-5557 & reference the "OK NSF EPSCOR" room block

*The provided hotel reservation link is for advisors and other guests only--NOT student researchers. Student participants must secure their rooms by turning in their rooming needs directly to gmiller@okepscor.org 

For more information

Contact Gina Miller, Outreach Coordinator, at gmiller@okepscor.org or 405.744.9964 

Pictured above: Devin Laurence, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, was selected to represent University of Oklahoma at the 2018 Research Day at the Capitol. Laurence won the overall grand prize for his research poster titled "Integrated Experimental-Computational Approach for Multiscale Investigations of Atrioventricular Heart Valves with Applications to Individual-Optimized Surgery Planning."