More than 900 individuals registered for Oklahoma Research Day March 3 in Enid

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More than 900 individuals registered for Oklahoma Research Day March 3 in Enid

March 2, 2017

Oklahoma Research DayMore than 900 individuals will participate in Oklahoma Research Day (ORD) on Friday, March 3, at the Central National Bank Center in Enid. This is the first time for Northwestern Oklahoma State University to play host to an ORD event.

The public is invited to attend the morning events starting with poster presentations at 9 a.m. The banquet at 12:30 p.m. is reserved for registrants of the ORD event. Comments from Dr. Janet Cunningham, university president, and Chancellor Glenn Johnson from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education will precede featured keynote speaker Kate Blalack, archivist at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa.

A special recognition award for past service will be presented to Dr. Rodney C. Murrow, emeritus professor of music at Northwestern, who was previously the associate dean of graduate studies. During his time at Northwestern, Murrow attended an ORD event that brought the inspiration to start the annual Ranger Research Day for the university’s students and faculty. Ranger Research Day then acted as a feeder event for Northwestern students to present at ORD.

Dr. Shawn Holliday, chair of Northwestern’s ORD committee, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of English, is excited to have entrees from all over the state.

“As coordinator of the event, I am proud to say that we have 947 registrants from colleges and universities around the state, who will be presenting their research in the areas of business, education and professional studies, fine arts and design, liberal arts, and mathematics and science.

“This event showcases the creative, innovative, and important research that is conducted by students and faculty in higher education. Join us to see what exactly higher education has to offer students, state and local communities, and the nation at large.”

Of the total 947 registrants, 90 are from Northwestern with 21 of the 538 research projects being Northwestern students. Students and faculty who participated in Ranger Research Day this fall at Northwestern were encouraged to present their research and represent Northwestern at ORD.

Now in its 18th year, ORD is a premier annual event celebrating student and faculty research, creative and scholarly activities. The event 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.

As a more environmentally-friendly way to host all of the abstracts and general information, Bruno Miguel, a Northwestern junior computer science major from Brazil, has developed an app, with assistance from Mark Bagley, instructor of computer science, to be used for Oklahoma Research Day. The app is free and will provide information to anyone interested in the conference, its materials and the City of Enid. The app titled “Oklahoma Research Day” is currently available for upload on all devices. The app for Windows phones will be released closer to the event day.

Holliday has been working with VisitEnid to provide more information about the city for the app and possible incentives for Enid businesses.

Keep up with Oklahoma Research Day with the hashtag “#ExploreORD” on social media.

Northwestern’s jazz ensemble and University Singers will be performing during the banquet.

Others helping to sponsor ORD this year include Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE); Oklahoma Experimental Program for Stimulating Competitive Research (EPSCoR) - National Science Foundation; Idea Network for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) - National Institutes of Health; The Aurora Learning Community Association (ALCA); Cameron University; East Central University; Langston University; Northeastern State University; Southeastern Oklahoma State University; Southwestern Oklahoma State University; the University of Central Oklahoma; and Enid Regional Development Alliance. Several Oklahoma regents and university presidents also will be attending ORD.

For general information on ORD visit:

Northwestern plans to play host to this event again in March 2018.

For more information contact Holliday at (580) 327-8589 or