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Dr. Susan Walden
Director, Office of Undergraduate Research

Dr. Walden is the founding Director of the Research Institute for STEM Education (RISE) and an associate research professor in the Office of the Dean of the College of Engineering at OU. She is also the founding Associate Director of the Sooner Engineering Education (SEED) Center.

As the director of RISE, she coordinates a multi-disciplinary research team using primarily qualitative methods to study how the complex milieu of factors such as faculty cultural competency, institutional policies, and academic cultures intersect with students’ race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic background, and cultural capital to contribute to students’ academic experiences and eventual success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors (STEM). She has been integral in the team’s successful acquisition of nearly $7.5 million in external research funding and over 30 peer-reviewed publications. One of her publications with RISE colleagues was recently honored with the William Elgin Wickenden Award of the American Society for Engineering Education as the best paper in the society’s Journal of Engineering Education for 2012.

Dr. Walden earned a BS in chemistry from Arkansas State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Computational Organic Chemistry from the University of Oklahoma. Her chemistry graduate and post-graduate work examined models for electron transfer in complex protein systems and conducting polymers. Her seven publications in leading chemistry journals have over 140 citations.

Following a one-year post-doctoral appointment with a chemistry education systemic initiative at the University of California, Berkeley, Dr. Walden returned to OU, taught general and organic chemistry for a short time, and began collaborations across campus to improve STEM education for undergraduate and pre-college students in Oklahoma. These collaborations included physics and electrical engineering faculty through the Center for Semiconductor Physics in Nanostructures, as well as education faculty and specialists with the K20 Center for Educational and Community Renewal.

In her new role, Dr. Walden will build upon current successes and work with administrators and faculty campus-wide to devise and implement a strategy to promote and facilitate the participation in authentic research of every OU undergraduate student. This role will include, among other objectives, integrating undergraduate research with curricular change initiatives and identifying strategies and resources to support faculty undergraduate research mentorship.

Dr. Walden is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), where she has held multiple leadership positions. She has served on advisory boards for several STEM broadening participation initiatives and volunteered for local and national educational policy advocacy boards.

In Dr. Walden’s 20 years as a graduate student, faculty, or research staff at OU, she has mentored over two dozen undergraduate research assistants. She is also the proud parent of an OU alumna.

Dr. Michael Faneros
Student Programs Coordinator, Office of Undergradaute Research

Michael is the Student Programs Coordinator in the Office of Undergraduate Research.  His duties include web development, newsletter development and deployment, program assessment, OUR marketing and promotion, workshop development for undergraduate and graduate students, and oversight of the OU Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and Bridge to the Doctorate programs. He also teaches as an Adjunct for the Department of Psychology.

Michael’s research interests include individual differences in cognitive processes, especially those that impact educational and professional human factor performance. Specifically, he is interested in the biological, environmental, and social factors that impact executive function and what factors of executive function influence human factor performance. His past research assessed the predictive efficiency of four different theories of executive function. Additionally, Michael worked with the Center for the Study of Human Operator Performance (C-SHOP) helping to develop, create norms for, and deploy the Automated Neurological Assessment Metric (ANAM) program. He worked closely with undergraduate research assistants by training them in collection procedures, confidentiality, and gave feedback to their own research ideas. Michael is dedicated to helping students from all walks of life have the opportunities they need to realize their potential.



Matt Carey
Student Employee, Office of Undergraduate Research


 Eli Robertson

 Engineering Physics
 Graduation Year: May 2020
 Undergraduate Research Ambassador, Office of Undergraduate Research









 Kathryn Jerome

 Graduation Year: May 2019
 Undergraduate Research Ambassador, Office of Undergraduate Research





 Tamiko Murphy

 Biomedical Engineering
 Graduation Year: May 2019
 Undergraduate Research Ambassador, Office of Undergraduate Research








Daniel Hayden

Plant Biology
Graduation Year: May 2019
Undergraduate Research Ambassador, Office of Undergraduate Research


Amber Morgan

Chemical Engineering
Graduation Year: May 2018
Undergraduate Research Ambassador, Office of Undergraduate Research


O.U.R. Faculty Council

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