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Published: Monday, May 22, 2023

Ceremony Marks First Class of College Park Students to Transition to OSU-Tulsa

TCC's Dr. Leigh Goodson (far left) and OSU's Dr. Johnny Stephens (far right) pose with seven of the College Park graduates beginning the second half of the program.
Published: Friday, April 14, 2023

OSU-Tulsa engineering students help kids engage with STEM

From left to right: Dr. Feng Lu, Andrei Nitu, Mohammed Junaid Shekh, and Kathryn Rebekah Martin.

Andrei Nitu, Mohammed Junaid Shekh and Kathryn Martin (left to right) help Tulsa youth explore STEM through activities and demonstrations at the 2023 Tulsa Engineering Challenge.

Published: Thursday, May 5, 2022

Creating Opportunities: Ricky Graham

Pictured: Graham working with the Thunder Fellows student cohort in the Paycom Center, the arena where the OKC Thunder play.

OSU-Tulsa class of 2022 student Ricky Graham grew up in a family whose motto was “Make it to the NBA!”

He was an exceptional talent from a young age. In fifth grade, he led the Baby Hornets to victory at Tulsa’s Walt Whitman Elementary. After a move to the St. Louis area, Graham made the varsity team as a high school sophomore; by his senior year he was team captain.

Published: Wednesday, December 22, 2021

OSU-Tulsa Students create first PFAS Sampling Guidelines for Oklahoma

Dr. Kenneth Ede

From left to right: Lauren Meyer, Gianna Barolin and Debbie Bedingfield.

Three OSU-Tulsa graduate students – Gianna Barolin, Debbie Bedingfield and Lauren Meyer – have created guidelines to help Oklahoma environmental scientists measure a pervasive household chemical many people do not realize is dangerous. The document is the first of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.

Published: Thursday, March 25, 2021

American Studies grad applies diverse lessons to career

Shannon White credits much of her career success to her 2016 American Studies degree from Oklahoma State. She has been the program manager for Tulsa’s Riverfront Park, Gathering Place, since March 2017.  

Published: Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Student support key to OSU-Tulsa school administration doctoral program

Dr. Kim Castaldi, an Oklahoma State University-Tulsa school administration doctoral candidate, has spent more than 20 years in education.

From speech-language pathologist to director of federal programs and state director of special education, Castaldi has had many experiences. Still, she had one more goal to achieve … earning a doctorate.

OSU-Tulsa: We're built on transfer student success


The week of Oct. 19-23, 2020 is national #TransferStudentWeek.

When people think about transfer students, they may have a particular kind of transfer student in mind.

They may picture the freshman who gets homesick after the first semester away at college. They may imagine the junior who wants to change to a major their university doesn’t offer or the adult student returning to school after a hiatus.

At Oklahoma State University-Tulsa, most of our students are transfer students.

Published: Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Hector Nolasco: Student Spotlight

The OSU Center for Family Resilience (CFR) team at OSU-Tulsa works to translate research about families and family life into strategies that help communities become resilient.

Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Driven to succeed: Cory Sales

According to OSU graduate Cory Sales, involvement in the OSU-Tulsa President's Leadership Society, here with new campus President Pamela Fry in the first row, was important in his academic success. Sales, in the middle of the back row, graduated from OSU-Tulsa with a bachelor's degree in management information systems.

It’s easy to see that Cory Sales is driven to succeed – both in his career but also in being there for his family. Since 2014, the 40-year-old has earned two associate’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree while working full time and being a husband, dad and grandfather. Though he attended Oklahoma State University-Tulsa a little later in life, his drive to graduate led to his recently being offered the position of senior IT security analyst for all of the Creek Nation casinos in Oklahoma.

Student Spotlight: Blaze Heckert

Blaze Heckert, Ph. D in one of the Helmerich Research Center labs.

Oklahoma State University-Tulsa is home to the Materials Science and Engineering program in the Helmerich Research Center and researchers like graduating Ph.D student Blaze Heckert.

Heckert carved a name for himself with his chemistry expertise and love for developing new materials.