University of Oklahoma seeks to expand freshman research pilot program

The University of Oklahoma's freshman research program, which is at the end of its first year, is a joint effort between the OU Honors College and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. OU officials hope to see the program expand in the years to come.
by Silas Allen Published: May 5, 2012
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— Organizers said they hope to see a freshman research program at the University of Oklahoma expand in years to come.

The program, which is at the end of the pilot stages, is a joint effort between the OU Honors College and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

During the first year, the program was open to honors chemistry and biochemistry students, said chemistry professor Mark Morvant, the program's founder.

Next year, he said, the program will be open to all students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

University officials are also discussing the possibility of expanding the program to other departments. Rich Hamerla, associate dean of the Honors College, said he expects to see the program expand into the College of Engineering next year.

After that, he said, university officials plan to move the program into the College of Arts and Sciences department by department.

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by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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