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Grace Ogden earns presitgious Niblack scholarship

Top Oklahoma State University undergraduate students have been selected as Niblack Research Scholars. The 13 recipients earn $8,000 scholarships and the opportunity to conduct supervised research.

Top Oklahoma State University undergraduate students have been selected as Niblack Research Scholars. The 13 recipients earn $8,000 scholarships and the opportunity to conduct supervised research.

Dr. John Niblack and his wife, Heidi, have funded the Niblack Research Scholars program at OSU for 14 years. The program allows undergraduates to perform cutting-edge research in various fields. During the award presentation, Niblack commended the students for their scientific interests in a time when “disillusionment with science is growing.”

“It takes years of dedication and perseverance to be a scientist, and it’s not easy,” Niblack said. “It’s fun for Heidi and me to come to campus and watch the scholars in action. We love watching another generation of scientists move up to the front line.”

Niblack graduated from OSU in 1960 and earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Illinois before becoming vice chairman of Pfizer Inc. As a scientist for the international pharmaceutical giant, he was responsible for Pfizer's Global Research and Development Division, where he directed research into drugs for viral illnesses, cancer and autoimmune disorders.

Niblack retired in 2002 and founded the Niblack Research Scholarship program in 2004.

Sage Becker, Animal Science, Keota, Iowa
Kassidy Ford, Microbiology, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Emily Gietzen, Microbiology, Pryor, Okla.
Caroline Graham, Microbiology, Midwest City, Okla.
Kylie Hagerdon, Chemistry, Choctaw, Okla.
Matthew Hart, Microbiology, Edmond, Okla.
Erin Heilman, Geology, Third Lake, Ill.
Jeffrey Krall, Integrative Biology, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Savannah Morris, Biochemistry, Stillwater, Okla.
Grace Ogden, Plant and Soil Sciences, Muskogee, Okla.
Victoria Pickens, Entomology and Plant Pathology, Sand Springs, Okla.
Rendi Rogers, Microbiology, Adair, Okla.
Taylor Walton, Integrative Biology, Hot Springs, Ark.


Pictured are the 2017-18 Niblack Research Scholars. (front row, L to R) Dr. John Niblack, Victoria Pickens, Jeffrey Krall, Taylor Walton, Caroline Graham. (second row, L to R) Kassidy Ford, Emily Gietzen, Rendi Rogers, Savannah Morris, Grace Ogden. (back row, L to R) Erin Heilman, Matthew Hart, Kylie Hagerdon, Heidi Niblack, Sage Becker, OSU V. P. for Research Dr. Kenneth Sewell.