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Research Day at the Capitol

Research Day at the Capitol

Three OU Honors students have had their research efforts recognized with invites to the prestigious Research Day at the Capitol event. Daniel Cheong, Allana Caldwell and Esmeralda Alcala presented posters during the April event summarizing their work with OU undergraduate research labs.  

Research Day at the Capitol was established 25 years ago to showcase the outstanding undergraduate research being conducted at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities in the areas of science (including social science), technology, engineering, and mathematics. The prestigious event is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR), and the National Science Foundation.  

Research Day at the Capitol encompasses multiple activities. Students meet with Legislators at the Capitol and share their research before participating in an oral and poster competition. Students also present their work to guests during a poster reception at the museum. 

A panel of EPSCoR-appointed judges review students' oral and poster presentations. Judging consists of a 3-minute oral presentation by the student, followed immediately by poster review and Q&A by the judges.

Special congratulations go to Daniel Cheong, who won third place prize in the research-intensive institution category for his poster presentation, "Functional Brain Imaging." Congratulations, Daniel!

Daniel Cheong portrait photo
Daniel Cheong

Daniel Cheong is an Honors senior from Muskogee, OK majoring in biomedical engineering with a math minor. He participates in the Biomedical Engineering Society OU Chapter and the Filipino Student Association. He also participated in a department-sponsored research study abroad program during his freshman year to the University of Sydney in Australia. 

Cheong first found out about Research Day at the Capitol from his friends who had also participated during a previous year, and his current roommate actually won the grand prize in 2019.

Cheong conducts biomedical imaging research under Dr. Han Yuan in the biomedical engineering department. He was really interested in bioimaging because of its blend of physics and biology. He works with Dr. Yuan’s neuroimaging setup, which uses functional near-infrared spectroscopy, a neuroimaging method that injects light into the brain. For the study presented at Research Day at the Capitol, Cheong compared light that returned from the brain with light that returned from the skull and showed how the skull can interfere with fNIRS data.

Daniel Cheong plans to attend medical school once he graduates from OU.

Daniel Cheong
Allana Caldwell
Esmeralda Alcala