The Wilhelm Lab research-integrated outreach and education plan is called:

BE4NANO – Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma

 

 

Objective

To inspire successful careers as scientists and engineers in underserved and underrepresented student populations through:

  1. Engagement of underserved and underrepresented minority high school junior students in bionanotechnology via classroom visits, campus visits, and summer camps.
  2. Creation of academic and social support networks for BE4NANO undergraduates within the institution to facilitate academic success and professional development.

 

Infrastructure and Environment

The BE4NANO initiative is supported by unique collaborations and partnerships with tribal, state, school, and institutional representatives, including Kiowa and Wichita tribes, Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center, and 14 partner high schools in rural southwest Oklahoma.

 

The BE4NANO initiative is supported by the NSF CAREER award (2048130).


Progress Updates

BE4NANO Summer Research Camp 2022

May 2022 – High school students from the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb participated in a week-long summer research camp.


BE4NANO Day 2022

April 2022 – High school students from the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb visited the OU Gallogly College of Engineering and the OU Samuel Roberts Nobel Microscopy Laboratory as part of the 3rd BE4NANO DAY. Thank you to everyone involved for making this day a success, in particular Benjamin “BJ” Lee, the OU AISES student chapter, the GCoE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program (Lisa Morales), and the SRNML team (Andy Madden, Preston Larson, Julian Sabisch, and Tingting Gu).


BE4NANO Day 2022

March 2022 – High school students from the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb visited our lab as part of the 2nd BE4NANO DAY to learn more about our bionanotechnology research, college admission, and the University of Oklahoma. Thank you to everyone involved for making this day a success!


BE4NANO Outreach

October 2021 – As part of the “Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma” (BE4NANO) outreach and education initiative, Wilhelm Lab visited the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb to engage high school juniors in classroom hands-on demonstrations around bionanotechnology. We thank SBME Prof. Rebecca Scott for joining us, and we are grateful for the support through the NSF CAREER award (2048130).

 


BE4NANO – Virtual Classroom Visit – Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb

December 2020 – As part of the “Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma” (BE4NANO) outreach and education initiative, Wilhelm Lab visited the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb virtually via Zoom due to COVID19 restrictions to engage high school juniors in classroom hands-on demonstrations around bionanotechnology.

YouTube video from the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center highlighting the BE4NANO outreach event:

 


BE4NANO DAY 2020

March 2020 – High School Junior students from the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb visited our lab as part of the 1st BE4NANO DAY to learn more about our bionanotechnology research, college admission, and the University of Oklahoma.

 


BE4NANO – Visit of Paoli High School

February 2020 – We visited Paoli High School as part of our “Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma” BE4NANO outreach and education initiative. Thank you for the invitation!

 


BE4NANO – Visit of Riverside Indian School in Anadarko

November 2019 – As part of the “Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma” (BE4NANO) outreach and education initiative, Wilhelm Lab visited Riverside Indian School in Anadarko to engage chemistry high school junior students in classroom hands-on demonstrations.

 


BE4NANO – Visit of Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb

October 2019 – As part of the “Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma” (BE4NANO) outreach and education initiative, Wilhelm Lab visited the Caddo-Kiowa Technology Center in Fort Cobb to engage biomedical sciences high school junior students in classroom hands-on demonstrations.

 


BE4NANO Presentation

August 2019 – Stefan Wilhelm introduced the proposed BE4NANO (Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma) outreach and education initiative during the Southwest Oklahoma STEM Alliance (SOSA) meeting in Anadarko, OK.

SOSA Meeting

 


BE4NANO Summer 2019 Activites

Summer 2019 –As part of the “Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma” (BE4NANO) outreach and education initiative, Wilhelm Lab participated in Student Summer STEM camps organized by Kiowa Tribe and Kaw Nation to engage students in hands-on demonstrations and hosted high school students and teachers from Norman North and Cache High School.

 


BE4NANO – Students Make Their Own Nanoparticles

April 2019 – As part of the “Bionanotechnology Engagement for Native Americans in Oklahoma” (BE4NANO) outreach and education initiative, Wilhelm Lab visited Gracemont Public Schools (Wichita Tribe) and Fort Cobb Public Schools (Kiowa Tribe) to help middle school and high school junior students make their own nanoparticles. The classroom visits were facilitated by tribal higher education officials as well as the OU Tribal Liaison Office.