2020 Research Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 8:00am - 7:30pm

About the Event

Research Day was established 25 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. 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 2020 Research Day at the Capitol event encompasses multiple activities on Tuesday, March 31. Students will meet with Legislators at the Capitol and share their research before participating in an oral and poster competition; winners of the competition will be announced that day at 6:15 p.m. during an awards ceremony at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Place, Oklahoma City). Students will also present their work to guests during a poster reception at the museum that evening.  

Timeline & Activities

The 2020 Research Day at the Capitol will be held Tuesday, March 31. The event will include a full day of activities as outlined below. Please note: The traditional Research Day at the Capitol format has been modified to accommodate the ongoing Capitol restoration project, which restricts access to the Rotunda and other public spaces. 

  • Students Visit Legislators by Appointment (8 am. - 11:45 a.m., 3/31/20, Individual Capitol Offices)
  • Oral and Poster Competition (12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., 3/31/20, Science Museum Okla.)
  • Student Nominees View Posters (4 p.m. - 5 p.m., 3/31/20, Science Museum Okla.)
  • Public Poster Reception (5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., 3/31/20, Science Museum Okla.)
  • Awards Ceremony (6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., 3/31/20, Science Museum Okla.)

Student Oral/Poster Competition and Awards

A panel of EPSCoR-appointed judges will review students' oral and poster presentations from 12:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Science Museum Oklahoma 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 (max. 5 minutes/timed).

Students will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Abstract 
  2. Scientific presentation
    (Purpose, hypothesis, background information, results, impact, suggested further study)
  3. Visual appearance
  4. Clarity for general audiences
  5. Relevance of the study

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

Access the nomination guidelines

Designated Conference Hotel

Information Coming Soon! 

Files for Download 

Official Abstract Form
Financial Responsibility Form



Registered guests are invited to participate in the following activities on March 31, 2020:

  • Public Poster Reception (5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., 3/31/20, Science Museum Okla.)
     (The poster reception will briefly recess from 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. for the awards ceremony)
  • Awards Ceremony (6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., 3/31/20, Science Museum Okla.)

For more information

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

Pictured above: Matthew Baier, shown with Chancellor Glen D. Johnson and Senator Adam Pugh (Dist. 41), was selected to represent University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center at the 2019 Research Day at the Capitol. Baier won the overall grand prize for his research poster titled " Elevated Cerebrospinal Histamine Levels Following Traumatic Brain Injury in Rats."