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Our History

Diverse Student Scholars started in the fall of 2007 when in her first semester of teaching at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) Dr. Jeanetta D. Sims began making announcements in her undergraduate classes that she enjoyed working with students on research projects; she encouraged interested students to contact her after class for being a part of her research team. From that in-class announcement, one student enrolled in an independent study course to work on research during the fall semester.

Since 2007, the DSS program has grown, become more formalized, and expanded to be more nimble in accommodating research interests and schedules of more than 86 DSS students.


The growth has come from numerous UCO students working as research assistants through independent research studies, funded RCSA student grants, funded STLR student grants, funded faculty grants, and funded support from Dr. Sims’ university appointments.


Today, DSS is still the primary contribution of Dr. Sims as a single faculty member with additional faculty joining her in mentoring and working with DSS students when she collaborates with these faculty on research projects.

Fall 2007

Fall 2008

Fall 2008

Fall 2011

Spring 2011

Fall 2012

Spring 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Spring 2016

Spring 2016

Spring 2017

Diverse Student Scholars Work Begins

1st Funded RCSA Student Grant

DSS Student Involvement Tops 25 Students

100% Research Integration in Digital Media & Content Marketing Course

DSS Independent Research Studies Tops 20

DSS Achieves 10 Publications

100% Research Integration in PR & Marketing Campaigns Course

1st Funded STLR Student Grant

Top Paper Award at the North American Management Society Conference

Dr. Sims Elected a Councilor with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Spring 2018

Spring 2018

100% Research Integration in Business Leadership & Identity Course

Spring 2019

Spring 2019

Fall 2019

DSS Funded Research on behalf of UCO Alumni Association

DSS Independent Studies Tops 35 Students

DSS Achieves 100 Conference Presentations

Fall 2019

DSS Published "Inspired Learning"

Spring 2020

DSS Funded RCSA Grants Tops 30

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