Niblack Scholarship Essays

The Niblack Research Scholars program is an undergraduate research program funded by a gift from OSU alumnus and former Pfizer Vice Chairman Dr. John Niblack.  This year, 13 OSU undergraduate students are receiving $8,000 scholarships and the opportunity to conduct research in a university lab, assisted by a faculty sponsor and graduate student mentor.

Pictured are the 2017-18 Niblack Research Scholars. (front row, L to R) Dr. John Niblack, Victoria Pickens, Jeffrey Krall, Taylor Walton, Caroline Graham. (second row, L to R) Kassidy Ford, Emily Gietzen, Rendi Rogers, Savannah Morris, Grace Ogden. (back row, L to R) Erin Heilman, Matthew Hart, Kylie Hagerdon, Heidi Niblack, Sage Becker, OSU V. P. for Research Dr. Kenneth Sewell.

2017-18 scholars, research areas and hometowns:

Watch a video of Dr. Niblack as he talks about why undergrad research experience is important to future scientists and how his own experience working in a laboratory at OSU impacted his career.
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Sage Becker, animal science
Keota, Iowa

Jeffrey Krall, integrative biology
Mission Viejo, California

Kassidy Ford, microbiology
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Savannah Morris, biochemistry
Stillwater, Oklahoma
Emily Gietzen, microbiology
Pryor, Oklahoma

Grace Ogden, plant and soil sciences
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Caroline Graham, microbiology
Midwest City, Oklahoma

Victoria Pickens, entomology and plant pathology
Sand Springs, Oklahoma
Kylie Hagerdon, chemistry
Choctaw, Oklahoma
Rendi Rogers, microbiology
Adair, Oklahoma
Matthew Hart, nutritional sciences
Edmond, Oklahoma
Taylor Walton, integrative biology
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Erin Heilman, geology
Third Lake, Illinois

Requirements are that it be conceived and written by the student, can achieve meaningful results within one academic year (fall and spring semesters), explains the "what", "how", "why", and is one single-spaced page typed in 10+ point font. It can include diagrams, graphs, charts or images, but does not have to. It can also include references formatted according to the disciplinary mode of citation.   

Otherwise there is no set format for a Wentz Research Proposal.

Note: PROPOSALS MUST NOT INCLUDE PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION, such as the student's, mentor's, graduate assistant's, research team's or lab's name, to ensure the integrity of the blind review process.

Examples of Successful Wentz Research Grant Proposals

A robotic exoskeleton for upper-extremity assistance

An Investigation of Pediatric Healthcare Environments in the United States

Effect of Dried Plum and Blueberry Extracts on Inflammatory Gene Expression

Effect of Heart Button Counseling on WIC Infant Feeding Practices

Effects of Bacteriocins on Shelf Life of Ground Beef

Eliminate Human-Trafficking by discovering the necessary systems to harness technology

Engineering Mechanics of Thrombolysis

Genetic Variability in ZIP12, a Candidate Gene for Neurological Disorders

Improved Tornado Warning via Atmospheric Monitoring of Infrasound

Mathematical Modeling of Kidney Cells in Diabetic Conditions

Probing the impact of particle wetting on hydrate formation for flow assurance application

Relationship between two signaling systems Calcium and Cyclic nucleotide

The Role of Molluscan Insulin-Related Peptides in Regulating the Phenotypic Plasticity and Response to Predators in Snails

Viral Effects on Canna Leaf Antioxidants

Explornig Viability of Harvesting Vibrational Energy from Trees

Effects of lipid oxidation products on metmyoglobin reductase activity

Interaction Between Chlamydia trachomatis and the Host Cell


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