During the next fifteen years, the CA met, either with the senior Academy or separately. The number of papers presented by undergraduates varied. Support from the senior Academy was financially minimal, but verbally and time-wise, enthusiastic. After Dr. Wolgamott resigned from the CA directorship, several academy members served as directors including Drs. Frank Wibur, John Korstad, Conrad Kleinholz and Jeff Black.
In 1988, OAS President Mary Carpenter established an ad-hoc Committee to revitalize the CA, partially due to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) providing funds for state CA winners to present their papers nationally at the AAAS meetings in a non-competitive format. This ad-hoc committee recommended: 1) creating a means of disseminating information about research opportunities to interested parties throughout the state; 2) establishing policies that ensure recognition and promotion of undergraduate research; and 3) obtaining funds to promote and encourage undergraduate research in Oklahoma colleges and universities.
During the next several years, the CA responded these recommendations. A "Collegiate Academy Representative" has been appointed at each college and university in the state. Undergraduate research in Oklahoma has been actively encouraged by the OAS. Finally, there has been an increase in the number of collegiate papers competing for awards at the OAS technical meetings. Most of these papers are presented in senior academy sections though occasionally a separate collegiate section is held at the technical meeting. Two outstanding directors, Drs. William Caire and Leo Finkenbinder, also contributed to the successes of the CA.
The Current CA Director, Dr. Nick Cheper, continues to build upon the work of his predecessors. The CA has come far since 1966, but it still has a long way to go.