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Orange is the Answer

Improving lives in Oklahoma and beyond is core to our mission at Oklahoma State University. Our researchers facilitate collaborative, transformative research that promises extraordinary outcomes in STEM education at all levels. And that's just the beginning.

Who is educating the next generation of STEM leaders? 

Orange is the Answer. OSU recently was awarded the largest university grant in the National Defense Education Program from the U.S. Department of Defense. OSU is one of only seven universities across the nation to receive $6 million in funding from the DoD for the purpose of educating the next generation of STEM workforce employees.

Who does the state turn to for innovative solutions to the world's most pressing issues?

Orange is the Answer. National Science Foundation Director Dr. Sethuraman Panchanathan and U.S. Rep Frank Lucas recently toured OSU research facilities and praised faculty and students for their groundbreaking advances and innovative approaches to tackling society's most pressing challenges, as well as the work being done to advance research and STEM education. OSU is home to some of the nation's premier research spaces, including the newest unmanned-systems-research and mixed-reality labs.

Where can the state find inclusive STEM opportunities?

Orange is the Answer. Thanks to a $1.4 million grant  National Science Foundation grant, Oklahoma middle school students will have the opportunity to learn how to navigate virtual reality. The grant will fund a four-year program focused on engaging Native American students in STEM career development. OSU faculty have teamed up to start after-school technology labs at three tribal nation middle schools — the Citizen Potawatomi Nation in Shawnee, the Pawnee Nation and the Chickasaw Nation. 

Where can the state find partnerships focused on STEM outreach?

Orange is the Answer. OSU recently hosted two of its 30 STEM camps for K-12 studnets at the OSU DISCOVERY building in Oklahoma City. One of those camps, STEM in Oklahoma, was created specifically for DISCOVERY and OSU’s partners in the Oklahoma City area. The OSU DISCOVERY team and Baker Hughes — a key partner for OSU and one of many private partners working with OSU to advance the state — worked together on those efforts in the spring of 2021. OSU continues to look for avenues to enhance and grow its partnerships, both with industry and with K-12 schools, to bolster the state’s talent pipeline, its economy and the lives of its people. 

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