Official Nomination Form: 2021 Research Day at the Capitol


About the Event

The 2021 Research Day at the Capitol will be held Tuesday, March 30. 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. Additionally, should any public health concerns arise, event organizers will modify the scheduled activities in order to implement the program safely.

Tentative schedule:   

  • Students meet with Legislators (8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., 3/30/21, State Capitol)
  • Poster & oral presentation judging (Noon - 5 p.m., 3/30/21, Science Museum Oklahoma)
  • Poster reception (5:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., 3/30/21, Science Museum Oklahoma)
  • Awards Ceremony (6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., 3/30/21, Science Museum Oklahoma)

Research Day was established 26 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. Visit the event website. 

Nomination Guidelines

All Oklahoma colleges and universities are invited to nominate one outstanding research project conducted by an undergraduate student who is currently enrolled at their institution(s). OSU, OU, and TU are allowed additional nominations due to multiple campuses conducting research. (Important: There may only be one student nominated per research project!) 

Nomination allocations for the 2021 event are as follows:

  • Oklahoma State University - 4
  • Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences - 1
  • University of Oklahoma-Norman - 4
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - 1
  • The University of Tulsa - 2
  • All other institutions in the state - 1 each

Student Nomination Restrictions:

  1. The student must be enrolled as an undergraduate at the nominating Oklahoma institution of higher learning for the entirety of the 2020-21 academic year.
  2. The student’s research must have originated from an OKLAHOMA institution of higher learning. Research performed at or through institutions outside of Oklahoma may not be presented.
  3. The student must be a legal resident of Oklahoma.
  4. The student must attend all sessions indicated below. Waivers will not be granted; make-up dates will not be scheduled.
  • Informational training session via Zoom video conference: Dec. 1, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Legislator visits, oral and poster competition, poster exhibit/reception, awards ceremony: March 30, 2021 
    (Dates tentative; logistics to be provided closer to the event date after consideration of public health as it relates to COVID-19 and Research Day activities.)

The informational training session is designed to inform students of the event’s guidelines and to provide recommendations for success. The meeting will be held via Zoom video conference; students must have access to a full-size tablet or computer with audio and internet access to participate - cell phones are not acceptable. After completion of the training session, the nominated student will receive (by mail) a $250 stipend to offset any expenses they may incur as a participant in this event. Participation in all mandatory activities is required to retain the stipend.


Each institution’s nomination package must be submitted online via the electronic form below. The following documents must be prepared and ready for upload at the time of submission: (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.

After the initial abstract has been received and accepted, students may submit revised abstracts to the EPSCoR office until Feb. 1, 2021.


Contact Gina Miller at or 405.744.9964. 

Files for Download

Official Abstract Form
Financial Responsibility Form



Only those individuals who have been designated by their institutions as official nominators for Research Day at the Capitol may submit a student nomination via this form.

The accuracy of the information provided here is essential, especially the student's permanent home address and local school address. This information will be used to identify the student's Legislators. Stipends and awards must be mailed to the student's permanent address due to state regulations. Names, as provided, will be used in all print materials for the event.


Instructions: Download the "Financial Responsibility Form" from "files for download" section above; save the file to your computer. Complete all form sections, including signature fields. Upload the completed form (with all information and required signatures) to this site and submit it with your nomination.

Instructions: The Abstract Form must be completed by the student nominee and then submitted with the official nomination by the institutional representative. (If you do not have the form, it may be accessed via the "forms for download" section above.)

The abstract may not exceed 350 words and must be the work of the nominated student. Abstracts MUST INCLUDE the following components: INTRODUCTION/METHODS/RESULTS/CONCLUSION/RELEVANCE OF STUDY (separate/individual sections are not necessarily required, but each item must be specifically addressed); STUDENT'S NAME; and ABSTRACT TITLE. Name the file per the student's name. File must be uploaded in MS Word (.doc or .docx) format ONLY.


Important! The information provided here will be used in the event's formal Abstract Booklet unless the student provides revised information at a later date (Revision deadline: Feb. 1st, 8 a.m.).

Examples of Research Topics: fuel cells, water quality, cancer research

Student's Name as it will Appear in Print Materials
Student Nominee's Permanent Home Address
The Permanent Home Address will be used to identify the student's "hometown" Legislators. In addition, the stipend check and awards must be mailed to the permanent address per State regulations.
Student Nominee's Temporary/Campus Address
Student Nominee's Contact Information

By submitting this form you confirm that you have received, from the nominating institution, permission to submit this nomination package on the institution's behalf. You further acknowledge that the nominated student meets the Nomination Guidelines as stated above.