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President's Cup Award Winners

First Place team receiving the Traveling Trophy and $5,000 is Mandela Washington Fellowship Institutes: Business and Entrepreneurship, with team leader M. Craig Edwards, Professor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications & Leadership, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.

This project develops a comprehensive, integrated livestock monitoring system that will help ranchers and dairy farmers monitor important individual animal and field management parameters of their animals including all-around health and location of livestock. This will improve production efficiency, human quality of life, and animal wellbeing. A holistic approach is being followed for designing and developing an integrated animal monitoring system that uses the internet of things technologies, and state-of-the-art energy harvesting methods to overcome battery life challenges. The project also enhances collaboration among the multi-disciplinary research team members which include expertise from Electrical and  Computer Engineering, Animal Science, Agricultural Engineering, and Entrepreneurship to realize the best possible livestock monitoring and management system.


Second Place and $3,000 goes to Well-being Assessment Using a Social Robot for Elder Care with team leader Weihua Sheng, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology,

This project focuses on developing and testing a smart companion robot that conducts geriatric well-being assessments designed for old care recipients. This research is motivated by the urgent need of bridging the gap between the growing demand for healthcare among old adults who age alone and the shortage of qualified healthcare professionals across the nation, particularly in states like Oklahoma. This work is conducted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers with rich expertise in robotics and Al, gerontology, psychology as well as security and privacy. The project has resulted in a prototype of a smart companion robot capable of conducting well-being assessment through natural language conversations. The tests with seniors from the local community have produced promising results, which have been published in multiple conference papers. This project also allowed the PIs to reach out to the local senior residents by providing educational seminars on elder care technologies.


Third Place and $2,000 goes to Let's Take a Walk!, with team leader Jennifer Jones, Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science, College of Human Sciences.

Let's Take a Walk! is an innovative research study and interdisciplinary outreach program bringing OSU students and Stillwater community members with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) together for a healthier, more diverse campus. In spring 2018, we explored the feasibility and outcomes of Let's Take a Walk!. Undergraduate students were paired with community members with IDD to walk together on campus for 45 minutes twice per week for 12 weeks. Measures assessing physical and mental health, stress, and attitudes toward disability and inclusion were administered across three time points to student walkers, student controls, community walkers, and caregivers. Positive outcomes were noted across the semester-long program. Community walkers reported significant decreases in depression and anxiety symptoms while student walkers expressed positive changes in attitudes toward disability and inclusion. Findings suggest Let's Take a Walk! is an easily implemented, well-received program with long-term potential for enhancing health and diversity at OSU.