OCAST Grant Funds Science Research

Oklahoma Christian was one of two research universities approved for large grants from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology.

With the $60,000 OCAST grant, Assistant Professor of Biology Eric Phelps (99) will help develop new training resources for undergraduate educational programs. Charlesson LLC, the pharmaceutical company Phelps works for, will match the grant to help fund the research.

“This grant will provide the groundwork for me to take some of our best science majors to the company to work,” Phelps said. “I hope this will enable more students to experience research from the perspective of a private pharmaceutical company in addition to the academic research they have been exposed to.”

OCAST also awarded a $50,356 grant to NextThought, a technology company founded and run by Ken Parker (83), a member of OC’s Board of Trustees. RiskMetrics Group, co-founded by Parker, created 150 technology jobs in Oklahoma and sold for $1.55 billion in 2010.

Fall 2013

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