Cameron University student Elaine Harder placed first among students from regional universities during the annual Research Day at the Capitol event held at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Harder, an agriculture major from Snyder, placed second overall and was one of 21 undergraduate students representing 15 Oklahoma colleges and universities who presented competitive research posters to the State Legislature and the public. As a result of her presentation, she has been invited to speak at the next Research Day at the Capitol and an INBRE event this year.
Working under the mentorship of Dr. Frank White, CU Professor Agriculture and Joseph H. Mullins Endowed Chair in Agriculture, Harder's research topic is "Endocrine Disruption of Pregnancy", which focuses on endocrine disruptors in the environment and how they may cause pregnancy loss in animals and humans. She presented research data on this topic last summer at an international conference in Canada, when she was the only undergraduate student selected to present.
Funding for the research project provided by the Joseph H. Mullins Endowment has allowed Harder to network with research scientists from across the world.
"Elaine Harder did a great job representing Cameron University at Research Day," says Dr. White. "Elaine has excelled in the research lab and classroom and has demonstrated a unique ability to balance classes, research, and family. I wish I had a classroom full of students with her dedication."
Research Day at the Capitol is sponsored by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation. The event is designed to bring about awareness of the outstanding research taking place in Oklahoma's colleges and universities.
April 19, 2010