NOVEMBER 12, 2008

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NSU Hosts Oklahoma Research Day at Broken Arrow Campus

Northeastern State University will host the 10th annual Oklahoma Research Day on Friday, Nov. 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Building A on the Broken Arrow campus.

“This year represents the largest number of research abstracts ever submitted for an Oklahoma Research Day event,” said Dr. Tom Jackson, dean of the NSU Graduate College and coordinator of the event. “Clearly, research is being widely encouraged, supported, and carried out in Oklahoma to an ever-growing extent.”

Oklahoma Research Day is a consortium event coordinated by Oklahoma's Regional Universities to provide students and faculty the opportunity to present research to their colleagues. Nearly 600 abstracts were submitted from 47 universities and institutions across Oklahoma and the region, as well as from Greece, Australia, China and Brazil.

“We are very proud to host Oklahoma Research Day this year and in 2009, which coincides with NSU’s Centennial Celebration,” said Jackson. “This has truly become a global event, with the largest turnout we’ve seen since its inception.”

Presentation of the research project posters is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A banquet luncheon will begin at 1 p.m., with Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, associate vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma, providing the keynote address. Welcoming remarks will also be provided by NSU President Don Betz and Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Chancellor Glen Johnson.

Founded in 1999, Oklahoma Research Day has been hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma the past nine years. Now in its 10th year, Oklahoma Research Day has grown in numbers and in stature with contributions from all of Oklahoma's institutions of higher education including many collaborative contributions from national and international academic and research institutions.

Oklahoma Research Day is funded by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Experimental Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - National Science Foundation, Idea Network for Biomedical Research Experience (INBRE) - National Institutes of Health and the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST) and the Oklahoma Regional Universities.

“The quest for new information, processes and knowledge is, for most of us, the most honorable of all pursuits,” said Jackson. “This will be a productive day for students and faculty to network and collaborate well with others in their discipline, demonstrate their research with pride and most of all, learn from and enjoy the day to the fullest possible extent.”