Maymester Course in Yellowstone

Please consider enrolling in the MayMester course “Ecology of Greater Yellowstone”- BIOL 1014/4862. This course satisfies the science with lab requirement at OCU.

An even better reason to take this course is the trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks from May 22nd to the 31st! We are staying at the AMK Ranch on beautiful Jackson Lake looking out over the Grand Tetons. Daily light hiking throughout both parks allows students to experience the unequaled vistas, amazing geological features, and unique flora, fauna, and ecology of this area.

If you have never been to Yellowstone or Grand Tetons, now is your chance. A guided tour for credit! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Take advantage of the low MayMester tuition. Truly a life list excursion!

For more information please contact Tony Stancampiano- or 208.5258.


Faculty Out on the Road

Dr. Ryburn, Professor of Biology, will join Janelle Warlick, Director of Communications and Outreach for the Petree College of Arts and Sciences, at Mustang high school this week to talk about careers in science to two classes. Also, Dr. Laurie Kauffman, Associate Professor of Biology, will be at a college fair at Dove Science Academy with our alumna and OCU Admissions Counselor, Alley Agee this week. We have really great and caring faculty and staff that are eager to talk with prospective students!

Students & Faculty Present at Conference

Dr. Kauffman of Biology and a few students went to an annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Student, Tayler Galey, presented a poster entitled "Activity budget, habitat use and diet of squirrel monkeys (Saimiri oerstedii) in Southern Costa Rica", and students Lillie Pennington and Erin McCoy presented a poster entitled "Orangutans: a study of activity and play". Dr. Kauffman presented a poster entitled "Evidence of behavioral plasticity in genus Saimiri via interactions with humans in Suriname and Costa Rica". The conference took place in Calgary.

Student Accepted to Internship at Harvard Medical

       Cell and molecular biology major Christina Hansen has been accepted to participate in a summer research internship at Harvard Medical School.

       Hansen, a National Merit Scholar who graduated from Edmond Memorial High School, will be conducting research in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Harrison, a renowned Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology. Hansen's research project will be studying how proteins interact to form structures in the cells.

       She is a member of the OCU Honors Program, president of the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) Biological Honor Society and earned the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research at the 2013 Tri-Beta South Central Regional Convention. Hansen is also a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Blue Key Honor Society, Gamma Phi Beta sorority and is a coxswain for the Stars women's rowing team.

       Hansen has previous lab research experience including participating as a Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar at Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Dr. Dean Dawson's cell cycle and cancer biology lab, and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Summer Undergraduate Research Experience in Dr. William Hildebrand's microbiology and immunology lab. 

Ecology of Greater Yellowstone Offered in Maymester

"Ecology of Greater Yellowstone" will be offered during Maymester 2014. Spend a week exploring and receive lab science credit. Email Dr. Tony Stancampiano at with questions.

Earth Day 2014 @ OCU

Tri Beta, along with Alpha Chi honor society, will host Earth Day 2014 on Tuesday, April 22 on the OCU campus.  This year's activity if focused on water.  More information soon.

Students Awarded Competitive Fellowships

Seven OCU students were awarded competitive fellowships to perform undergraduate research in biology or biomedical science this summer. The students and their research sites are:

  • Brandon Burkett, University of Oklahoma Stephenson Cancer Center
  • Cameron Calloway, Brandeis University
  • Rileigh Darby-McClure, Stonybrook University
  • Sophia Hackney, OCU’s CAIRS/UR Program
  • Christina Hansen, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Anna Stovall, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Lillie Pennington, Boston University
Students represent OCU at BBB Regional Meeting

Science majors Angelina Stancampiano, Raechel Brown, Rileigh Darby-McClure, Brandon Burkett, and Christina Hansen recently attended the Tri-Beta Southcentral Regional Convention at the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (UOBS) located at Lake Texoma.  Additionally Hansen won the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research with her presentation titled “Kinetochore Construction On Meiotic Chromosomes” and was elected to serve of the Southcentral Regional Secretary for the organization.