What we do…

In its first four years, the Environmental Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) has been awarded over $20,000 in support of undergraduate research opportunities. Each ESWG research intern is able to develop a project of their choosing that falls under the broad umbrella of environmental sustainability, including climate change risk perception, communication and organizational responses. ESWG interns…

Undergraduate Research Day 2021

On April 9th, I was able to participate in Undergraduate Research Day (URD) here at the University of Oklahoma. While URD had to be virtual this year, it was still incredibly exciting and rewarding to present on my own research for the first time. It was also a great space to get experience presenting on…

An Overview of MAPS

MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) is a very unique capital improvement project system that Oklahoma City has been using since 1993. The first MAPS was approved by voters in 1993, putting a one-cent sales tax in place. When the tax expired in 1999, it had collected over $309 million (as well as $54 million accrued in…

Construction of Highways and Destruction of Neighborhoods

The urban renewal movement of the 1950s and 1960s aimed to improve cities by removing slums and urban blight. This often meant the destruction or gentrification of minority neighborhoods. This movement intersected with the beginning of the American Interstate system. As city planners decided where to place these new highways that connected their city to…

An Interview with Beauty Product Expert, Anouk Robert

By Gabrielle Bittner In November, I had the pleasure of meeting with an expert in the Health and Beauty Industry. Not only had she worked for large names like Coty and Procter and Gamble, but decided that she wanted to contribute more to the market that remains so large. Anouk Robert and her sister Celine…

Exploring Oklahoma History: A Student’s Guide to Museums and Memory

As a soon-to-be university graduate, I have spent a surprisingly small amount of time working with librarians, archival experts, and materials in a physical space. Most of the research I have conducted for various courses has taken place almost exclusively on my laptop. Even a fair sum of the sources I collected for my studies…