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Rama Kothapalli

Rama Kothapalli

Assistant Professor

B.Sc., 1998, University of Mumbai
M.Sc., 2000, University of Mumbai
Ph.D., 2006, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Postdoc, 2006-2013, National Institute on Aging, NIH
Research Associate, 2013-2016, University of Oklahoma 

Phone: (405) 325-1521

Scientific innovation is key for development and progress of the United States as the leader in science and technology. My focus is to develop programs that would allow undergraduates to obtain hands-on experience in performing cutting-edge research across the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The Four-Year Research Engagement (FYRE) program is a flagship program of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. This program serves undergraduates across the campus in providing undergraduates them opportunities to perform research in their first year at the University of Oklahoma. The FYRE program was initially launched as a collaboration with the Honors college as a first year experience program. Over the years, the program has expanded from one department to 12 STEM departments across campus with my group coordinating this effort. 

A key aspect of the FYRE program is also to understand the critical factors that influence a students' decision to pursue a career in STEM research. Some of the factors that will be investigated are student mindset, self-efficacy and imposter phenomenon. This work is being done in collaboration with College of Education. 

Beyond the initial research experience the FYRE program will focus on helping students develop soft-skills to excel in their academics as well as to become successful STEM research professionals. 

Research keywords: undergraduates; research education 

Students participating in FYRE I (Spring 2017)