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Redlands student recognized for top honors at Research Day at the Capitol event

Hollie Skibstead an undergraduate researcher from Redlands Community College is one of twenty-four outstanding undergraduate student researchers representing 18 Oklahoma colleges and universities. Skibstead participated as an undergraduate student intern at the USDA-ARS Center in El Reno, Ok. Her presentation was entitled “The Effects of Land Use and Climate Variability in Reservoir Sedimentation.” Skibstead placed second in Regional University & Community College division.

Skibstead said, “As a student at Redlands Community College, I have had the privilege of participating in numerous experiences that have given me the opportunity to develop my knowledge and skills as an undergraduate student. I am incredibly grateful to the faculty, staff, and scientists at Redlands and the USDA-ARS Grazing Research Laboratory who have been encouraging and helpful throughout my time as a Redlands student.”

Research Day at the Capitol is a showcase of the outstanding research conducted by undergraduate students enrolled at Oklahoma’s colleges and universities.

According to President Jack Bryant, “Hollie is an exceptional student who became very engaged in her undergraduate research internship with the USDA-ARS Center at Ft. Reno. When I recently visited with the USDA-ARS staff they expressed how impressed they were with the professionalism and dedicated service that Hollie applied to her internship, and that her ability had set a new benchmark for their expectations from our future interns. ”

Research Day is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (OK EPSCoR) and the National Science Foundation.

Daniel Moriasi, Research Hydrologist, from the USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Center said, “I have had the privilege to supervise several excellent RCC students on NASA-funded summer internships and I can unequivocally say that Ms. Skibstead is the best of them all. Ms. Skibstead is an exceptionally talented and hardworking student and employee and her poster presentation only highlights a fraction of what she had done and continue to do to contribute to the success of USDA-ARS GRL research.”

For more information contact Amanda Evert, Associate Vice President for Communications and Research, 405.422.1445 or