Ninth annual Ranger Research Day at Northwestern November 21

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Ninth annual Ranger Research Day at Northwestern November 21

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s ninth annual Ranger Research Day is Friday, Nov. 21, in the Student Center Ballroom on the Alva campus. This year’s event will be an all-day affair with poster presentations occurring from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and conference paper readings occurring from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The poster projects and papers will be judged by Northwestern faculty with the best in each category receiving first, second and third place certificates.

Ranger Research Day is an event that offers undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to share their classroom research with professors, peers and the Alva community. Dr. Shawn Holliday, associate dean of graduate studies who organizes and oversees the event, has seen participation in Ranger Research Day grow steadily over the past four years.

“Last year, Northwestern had more than 40 participants, our largest group ever,” Holliday said. “This year I hope to top that number with at least 50.”

Holliday especially urges undergraduate students who plan on attending graduate or professional schools to participate since research is such an important part of graduate study. He believes that such participation will look especially impressive on graduate school applications by showing students’ knowledge of research methodologies. Holliday also noted that such research projects help with university retention rates.

“The faculty members who sponsor research projects act as mentors for students,” Holliday said. “Such relationships then help students become more invested in the university, convincing them to finish their degree here due to the individual attention they receive.”

Ranger Research Day first began at Northwestern in 2007 to prepare students for Oklahoma Research Day, an event that allows students from across the state to share their research projects in a larger venue.

In 2017 and 2018, Northwestern will host Oklahoma Research Day at the Enid Convention Center. Although participation by Northwestern students has traditionally been low at this event over the past decade, the university’s recent increase in participation convinced the Council on Research for Regional Universities and Campus Representatives to allow Northwestern to hold the event.

“This is a great opportunity for Northwestern to become more visible within the state,” Holliday said. “I hope that students will support this effort to show the quality of education that they are receiving.”       

For more information on Ranger Research Day, please contact Holliday at (580) 327-8589 or The registration form for this event is due by Nov. 10; you can find the registration form at