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OSU Library Recognizes Student Research Projects

Four winners received Undergraduate Library Research Awards

May 14, 2018

The Undergraduate Library Research Awards have recognized four OSU students for their outstanding research projects.

ULRA is a program intended to encourage and emphasize the importance of research in order to achieve academic success, professional potential and effective civic participation. Additionally, ULRA is designed to advocate for the importance of library research skills among undergraduate students.

One underclassman, Jonathan Harrington, and one upperclassman, Taylor Todd, were awarded the winning titles in their categories. Two additional students, Nick Koemel and Stepanie Berson, were given honorable mention awards. Each winner received $1,500 for their work, while the honorable mentions received $750 each.

Nick Koemel, a nutritional sciences major from Stillwater, Oklahoma with an option in dietetics, won an honorable mention award for his research project, Metabolic and Behavioral Responses to Prey Nutrient Content.

To gather necessary information for his project, Nick took advantage of the various research tools the Library has to offer in order to improve his work. As he began to search for data, Nick was pleasantly surprised at the ample amount of Library resources that were available to him.

“There were a lot of different surprising aspects that the Library had to offer,” Nick said. “One of which was the expansive literal search engines that were there, such as PubMed or agricultural based resources that helped me diversify the different evidences that I could provide in my own project.”

Not only did Nick take full advantage of Library research tools such as online databases and search engines, but he also became familiar with the various other resources he could turn to for help.

“I was surprised by the different workshops and mentors that were available and the friendly faces that I’d see in the Library whenever I was confused about a different aspect of the project,” Nick said.

ULRA is a premier opportunity for students to be recognized for their research skills. Additionally, ULRA showcases how important research skills are in college and how they can be fostered through the multitude of resources the Library has available.

RELEASE CONTACT:  Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood | OSU Library | 405-744-7331 |

STORY BY: Tatum Wallace, Communications Intern

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 36,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 25,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 120 nations. Established in 1890, Oklahoma State has graduated more than 260,000 students who have been serving Oklahoma and the world for 125 years.


Last Updated: 22 June 2018