Oklahoma Space Grant Project Receives National Award

Bethany, Oklahoma - Southern Nazarene University is pleased to announce that two SNU students were awarded second place in the student poster competition at the national meeting of the Entomological Society of America in Vancouver, BC from November 11-14. 

The Entomological Society of America President’s Prize award consists of a certificate of recognition and an annual membership in the Entomological Society of America.

Jackson Winslow (far right) and Phillip Davis (left), along with faculty mentor Dr. David Hoekman (center), created the poster, entitled Effect of introduced trout on stream macroinvertebrate communities in a tropical montane river system, based on the outcomes of their SNU Summer Research Experience project at QERC in summer 2018. Their research focused on the role of introduced trout in the Savegre River and its tributaries near QERC and is the culmination of several student projects. This past summer they built and deployed fish-exclusion cages and measured the response of the stream-dwelling invertebrates.

The project was conducted at SNU’s Quetzal Education Research Center (QERC) located in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica. “QERC is an amazing place to do research with students,” said Dr. Hoekman. “We’re thankful to the Oklahoma Space Grant and SNU Catalysts for their financial support of this opportunity.”

“Our project also paved the path for future follow-up projects that can help both QERC participants and locals discover more about the unique habitat of San Gerardo de Dota in Costa Rica. The research was a life-changing experience for me,” explained Jackson Winslow.

Jackson and Phillip's research was sponsored by the Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) and the SNU Catalysts. The SRE helps promote STEM careers by training students in how to conduct scientific research which can lead to applications for graduate school.

The OSGC is a partnership of Oklahoma universities, corporate, and government entities that provide STEM and other aeronautics and space-related student opportunities to participate in NASA’s mission directorates. SNU is the only private university participating in the OSGC. SNU has been a member of the OSGC since 2002 and has granted more than 120 financial awards to students totaling more than $150,000.