Official Nomination Form: 2023 Research Day at the Capitol

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About the Event

2023 Research Day at the Capitol activities will be held on March 27 and 28, 2023. Students will share their research posters with Legislators and the public in the Oklahoma State Capitol's 2nd floor rotunda on Tues., March 28. The day prior, on March 27, a panel of judges will hear students' oral presentations and view posters at an Oklahoma City location TBD. Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the Capitol on March 28 following the poster display session. Cash prizes and an internship will be awarded to the top students as identified by the judges. 


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.)
    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
    Noon to 5 p.m., Location TBD
    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)

Research Day 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. 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!) Download the nomination guidelines here.

Nomination Allocations for the 2023 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 2022-2023 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: Presented via video; view in entirety by January 9, 2023, 11:59 p.m.
  • Judging session: March 27, 2023, noon – 5 p.m. (individually scheduled times)
  • All scheduled Capitol activities, including poster exhibit and awards ceremony: March 28, 2023, 7:30 a.m. –noon 

About the Informational Training Session: The informational training session is designed to inform students of the event’s guidelines and to provide recommendations for success. In respect of participants' varying degrees of wifi connectivity, as well as students' classroom schedules, the session will be made available as a pre-recorded video meeting. Students must have access to a full-size tablet or computer with audio and internet access to view the video - cell phones are not acceptable, as the slides include important content that cannot be read on a phone. Nominated students who view the video in its entirety by the deadline will receive a $250 stipend (mailed to their permanent home address). The stipend is intended to offset any expenses they may incur as a participant in this event. Participation in all mandatory activities is required to retain the stipend.

Please note: Should unforeseen issues arise, including those related to public health, EPSCoR may modify the Research Day at the Capitol activities outlined above.


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 via this nomination form, students may submit revised abstracts to the EPSCoR office until Feb. 1, 2023 (11:59 p.m.).


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. 

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