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Symposium Information

3rd Annual Rural Renewal Symposium - October 5th, 2022

ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma


Symposium Agenda

Presentation Abstracts



The Rural Renewal Symposium and Prizes are designed to raise awareness, attract resources and stimulate research toward solving grand challenges facing rural communities. 


This symposium provides a unique opportunity for faculty, students and rural community members from across the U.S. and around the world to connect with others and learn about the latest discoveries, trends and approaches for rural renewal. Corporate partners, non-profit organizations, government and tribal leaders, and anyone with a passion for rural people and places are invited to participate. The symposium includes invited speakers, oral and poster presentations by researchers, round table discussions for community leaders, networking opportunities, and award presentations. The students from the Rural Scholars program describe their studies and present the findings of their research projects.


Rural Renewal Prizes 

A highlight of the symposium is awarding the Rural Renewal Research Prize and the Rural Renewal Citizenship Prize


The Rural Renewal Research Prize is awarded to a global leader in rural renewal research, education and engagement. The prize is open to individuals employed by colleges, universities or research institutions anywhere in the world, nominated by their colleagues. The prize includes a plaque and a cash award. Find nomination instructions for the Research Prize here. 


The Rural Renewal Citizenship Prize is awarded to a leader who has made an important contribution to the renewal of one or more rural communities in Oklahoma. This prize  recognizes a person who shows true leadership qualities, is an exceptional role model, promotes community welfare, and advocates for community needs. The prize includes a plaque and a cash award. Find nomination instructions for the Citizenship Prize here.


Rural Renewal Research Prize Winners

2022- Dr. Amy Price Azano

Associate Professor, Adolescent Literacy and Rural Education, Virginia Tech University

2021- Ben Winchester

Extension Educator, Community Economics, University of Minnesota Extension

2020- Dr. Steven Deller

Professor, Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison 


Rural Renewal Citizenship Prize Winners

2022- Glen Winters

Altus, Oklahoma

2021- JaNae Barnard

Fairview, Oklahoma

2020- Karen Wages

Poteau, Oklahoma


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