P657: Outreach that breaks down barriers

Author: Charles V. Rice, University of Oklahoma, USA

Co-Author: Toni L. Rice, Warren Queton and Cassie Eads, University of Oklahoma, USA

Date: 8/5/14

Time: 5:15 PM6:30 PM

Room: LIB

Related Symposium: S33

The summer outreach program is designed to improve the preparation of students interested in physical science, social science, medicine, pharmacy, and public policy. The participants extract medically relevant compounds from Echinacea purpurea (eastern coneflower) plants. Incorporating study in chemistry, botany, mathematics, medicine, history, sociology and Native American studies, we are able to break down barriers between academic disciplines. Likewise, we are able to break down generational and cultural barriers. Natural medicines have a vital role in the cultural heritage of many Oklahoma students. Thus, we empower students to discuss chemical and scientific concepts with their parents, grandparents, teachers, and community leaders.

P75: University of Oklahoma perspectives on graduate admission

Author: Charles V. Rice, University of Oklahoma, USA

Co-Author:

Date: 8/3/14

Time: 4:00 PM4:20 PM

Room: MAK BLL 110

Related Symposium: S11

Currently, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma has over 100 graduate students of which approximately 70% are US citizens from 23 different states. Each year, we seek to recruit 20-25 students from an applicant pool of over 200 students. During the past decade, we have recruited students from PUIs and major research universities; public and private; and from nearly every state in the union. The admissions committee values the quality of GPA and GRE scores, but we also seek those students with undergraduate research experience. Students from PUIs are attracted to our department because we are able to offer a personalized graduate education. Enhancing student success is our goal, which is aided by a new 160,000-square-foot Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center.