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The Current: OSU-Tulsa News

thursday, Feb. 16, 2017

NASA hires OSU-Tulsa graduate students due to high-demand expertise

Graduate students Ian Juby, left, and Aaron Laney show two composite pressure vessels they worked with at the Helmerich Research Center.
Graduate students Ian Juby, left, and Aaron Laney show two composite pressure vessels they worked with at the Helmerich Research Center.

OSU-Tulsa master’s students Aaron Laney and Ian Juby were recently hired by NASA for their expertise in composite pressure vessels. Both are working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston and will graduate in May.

The students attribute the distinct combination of hands-on experience, state-of-the-art research facilities, faculty connections and industry ties of the OSU-Tulsa Materials Science and Engineering program at the Helmerich Research Center for their achievement.

Laney and Juby also credit Dr. Ranji Vaidyanathan, Varnadow professor of materials science and engineering, for pushing them to reach higher during graduate studies. Read more.

Shreffler presented President’s Fellows Faculty Research Award

Shreffler
Shreffler

Dr. Karina Shreffler, associate professor of human development and family science at OSU-Tulsa, has been selected as the 2017 OSU President's Fellows Faculty Research Award recipient for her groundbreaking research on teen mothers and her proposal to include fathers in the project.

The award recognizes exceptional faculty research and provides funding to enable them to continue their work. Shreffler, a research associate at the Center for Family Resilience at OSU-Tulsa, will be recognized during a “Researchers’ Reception” on Feb. 22 in Stillwater.

Shreffler will use the $15,000 award to build upon her research on pregnant teens and their babies funded by the National Institutes of Health. The additional funding will enable her to include fathers of the babies in her research project, broadening the scope of the project by providing information on factors that affect a father’s involvement and commitment to his child. Read more.

Tutoring help available on campus, including accounting, writing

Graduate student Mishal Gondal assists accounting student Jacob Seidel with his coursework during an ACE tutoring session in North Hall 318A.
Graduate student Mishal Gondal assists accounting student Jacob Seidel with his coursework during an ACE tutoring session in North Hall 318A.

If you have a quick question about your accounting coursework or if you need writing advice, two OSU-Tulsa services are available to help.

The Accounting Collaborative for Academic Excellence (ACE) is now offering tutoring services for OSU accounting students from Monday-Wednesday and Saturdays in North Hall 318A.

Accounting tutors are available from 3:30-8:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 4:30-8:30 p.m. and on Wednesdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. All OSU accounting students are welcome to stop by for assistance. For more information about the drop-in accounting tutoring services, email OSU-Tulsa faculty Melanie Harvey.

Harvey said ACE began offering tutoring at OSU-Tulsa at the end of the 2016 fall semester. The service was launched in 2015 at OSU-Stillwater. Dr. Angela Spencer, associate professor of accounting in Stillwater, is the director of ACE.

In addition, OSU-Tulsa Tutoring Services offers free writing assistance. Writing tutors help students organize ideas and incorporate research and documentation for reference papers.

To learn more about other tutoring services on campus or to make an appointment, contact OSU-Tulsa Tutoring Services at 918-594-8232 or visit the website.

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