2023 Research Day at the Capitol

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 8:00am - 12:00pm

About the Event

The 2023 Research Day at the Capitol will be held on Tuesday, March 28, at the State Capitol of Oklahoma. The event was established 28 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 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, December 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m.)
    Nomination deadline 
    (Online submission, including uploaded financial responsibility form and abstract
  • Monday, January 9, 2023 (11:59 p.m.)
    Virtual student informational training session 
    Video must be viewed by this date
    Student Participation Mandatory 
  • Wednesday, February 1, 2023 (11:59 p.m.)
    Students’ revised abstracts and lodging requests are due
    (Access the abstract form)

  • Monday, March 6, 2023
    Online registration closes
    (All attendees)
  • Monday, March 13, 2023 (11:59 p.m.)
    Students' poster PDFs are due
    (Note: A hardcopy poster must also be printed by the student for the judging session and Capitol presentation!)
  • Monday, March 27, 2023
    Judging of students' oral presentations and posters
    11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Embassy Suites OKC Downtown/Medical Center (741 N. Phillips Ave.)
    Student Participation Mandatory 
    (Individually scheduled times; students only) 

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2023
    Research Day at the Capitol: State Capitol, 2nd Floor Rotunda
    Students arrive and set up posters, 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 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 28, 2023
    Awards ceremony
    State Capitol, Multipurpose Room 100
    11:30 a.m. – Noon
    Student Participation Mandatory
    (All registered guests are invited)

Poster Competition and Awards

A panel of EPSCoR-appointed, independent judges will review students' poster presentations from noon to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2023, at a location TBD 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).

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

 


OFFICIAL NOMINATION INFORMATION

The Nomination Process - Submission Deadline: Dec. 1, 2022 (11:59 p.m.)

Each institution’s nomination package must be submitted online via the link below by the institution's official designee. The submission deadline is Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.

Nomination packages must include the following uploaded documents; they must be prepared and ready for upload at the time nominations are submitted:
(1) Financial Responsibility Form, (2) Abstract Form, and (3) Research Project Abstract (MS Word only) 

Research Project Abstract Guidelines

Abstracts must be submitted in MS Word format and must be developed following the guidelines of the official Abstract Form. Per the official form, abstracts MUST INCLUDE the following components: 

  1. Student's Name
  2. Abstract Title
  3. Introduction
  4. Methods
  5. Results
  6. Conclusion
  7. Relevance of the Study

Separate/individual sections are not required for items 3-7, but each of these components must be addressed in the body of the abstract.

Additional abstract guidelines:

  • Abstracts must be the work of the student and cannot exceed 350 words.

  • The completed Abstract Form and student’s Abstract must be submitted with the institution’s nomination package; the documents must be uploaded as individual/separate files.

  • Name each document per the student's name (i.e. lastname_firstname_abstract.docx; lastname_firstname_abstractform.docx).

  • Abstracts will ONLY be accepted in MS Word format (.doc or .docx) - no PDF or image files are allowed.

Only those individuals who have been designated by their institutions as official nominators for this event may submit student nominations.
Nomination form link: 

 

 

Files for Download

Official Abstract Form
Financial Responsibility Form
Guidelines 

 

 

GUEST AND GENERAL PARTICIPANT SIGN-UP FORM

THE FOLLOWING LINK IS A "GENERAL PARTICIPANT SIGN-UP FORM" TO BE USED BY EVERYONE WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE EVENT, INCLUDING ALL GUESTS, FACULTY MENTORS, AND THE STUDENT RESEARCHERS THEMSELVES. This is NOT the official nomination form.

Registered guests are invited to participate in the following activities on March 28, 2023, at the State Capitol:

  • Students Exhibit Posters, 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., 2nd Floor Rotunda, State Capitol Building
  • Awards Ceremony, 11:30 a.m. to Noon, 1st Floor Multi-purpose Room #100, State Capitol Building

General Participant Link: <<http://www.okepscor.org/2023-research-day-capitol-poster-presentations-awards-ceremony>>

 

Designated Conference Hotel

Information coming soon!  

For more information

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

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Pictured above: Devin Laurence (left), a former Research Day at the Capitol participant from the University of Oklahoma, receives his grand prize award from Chancellor Glen D. Johnson (right) in the State Capitol's Blue Room.