The Karen L. Smith Memorial Undergraduate Research Symposium Endowment was established in November 2013 in recognition of Karen’s exceptional service to undergraduates at Oklahoma State University. The Fund supports the Karen L. Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium, which is held near the end of every Fall and Spring semester and includes the Karen L. Smith Research Excellence Award for the best student presentation. Karen graduated from OSU with her Bachelor of Science in Physiology and her Master of Science in Psychology, and she later returned to OSU as a senior academic counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Karen worked tirelessly to enhance the undergraduate experience for students and strongly encouraged students to participate in professional development opportunities. She was instrumental in designing this opportunity for students to present the results of their research in a professional setting. The Fund will be fully endowed when charitable contributions reach $25,000. The current fund balance is $9,000. 


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