Official Nomination Form: 2024 Research Day at the Capitol

About the Event
Research Day was established 29 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.

Timeline & Activities

  • December 4, 2023 - Deadline for nominations | Online submission per provided guidelines
  • January 8, 2024 - Student Informational training session | Online meeting; student participation mandatory
  • February 1, 2024 - Revised abstract deadline
  • February 26, 2024 - Online registration closes (all attendees)
  • March 4, 2024 - Poster PDF's due | Note: Printed posters are also required for the event
  • March 18, 2024 - Poster and oral presentation judging | Students only; Location TBD, Oklahoma City, OK
  • March 19, 2024 - Research Day at the Capitol | State Capitol Building, Oklahoma City, OK
  • March 19, 2024 - Research Day at the Capitol Awards Ceremony | State Capitol Building, Oklahoma City, OK

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; the student must remain enrolled as an undergraduate at the nominating institution for the entirety of the Fall 2023Spring 2024 semesters. OSU, OU, and TU are allowed additional nominations due to multiple campuses conducting research. (Important: Only one student may be nominated per research project!)

Nomination allocations for the 2024 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 2023-2024 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 8, 2024,
    • Judging session: March 18, 2024, noon – 5 p.m., OKC, OK (individually scheduled times)
    • All scheduled Capitol activities, including poster exhibit and awards ceremony: March 19, 2024, 7:30 a.m. –noon

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 Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as students' classroom schedules, the session will be made available as a prerecorded 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 (by mail). 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.

Poster Competition and Awards
Students’ posters and oral presentations will be individually judged from noon – 5 p.m. on March 18, 2024, at a location TBD in Oklahoma City; only students may participate in the session. Poster competition winners will be announced during an awards ceremony at the Capitol the following day.

The top student researchers will be awarded the following:

  • Over-all Grand Prize: $500 award plus $4,000 summer research internship; $2,500 award to the sponsoring OK college/university lab to offset internship hosting expenses.
  • First Place ($500), Second Place ($250), and Third Place ($250) prizes will be awarded in each of these categories: (1) Research Intensive Institutions and (2) Regional, Community, and Tribal Colleges

The following documents must be included with the institution’s nomination package and uploaded at the time of submission. (All documents must be submitted accurately and completely to the official site.

  1. Abstract Form
  2. Student's Research Project Abstract (developed per Abstract Form guidelines)
  3. Financial Responsibility Form

Nomination packages must be submitted online. Accuracy of the information provided, especially the students’ permanent home and school addresses, is essential, as the information will be used to identify students’ state legislators.

The submission deadline is December 4, 2023.

Files for Download

 For More Information

Contact Kaley Barnicoat at 405.744.9964 or email


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, 11:59 p.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.