Foundation Names Fleming and Foundation Scholars for Summer of 2001

Oklahoma City, OK – Twelve students have been named Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Additionally, four teachers have named as Foundation scholars.

Since 1959, seven to ten students a year are named Fleming Scholars in honor of Sir Alexander Fleming, the scientist who discovered penicillin and, in 1949, dedicated OMRF. Fleming Scholars are Oklahoma students ranging from rising high school seniors to college juniors.

Fleming Scholars work in OMRF laboratories during June and July and will receive a total salary of $2500. Students will work under supervision of OMRF scientists and each scholar will attend seminars and conferences and will present a paper on his/her research project. Papers or abstracts are then published.

A more recent innovation is the Oklahoma TeleScience Project. The Project is designed to provide selected public high school science teachers, designated as Foundation Scholars, with laboratory training and experience at OMRF and ongoing mentoring and encouragement when they return to their classrooms.

Foundation Scholars spend eight weeks in June and July working in a research laboratory with senior members of OMRF’s scientific staff. When they return to their schools, their classrooms will be equipped with a computer and access to the OMRF and the World Wide Web. Scholars will receive $5,000 fellowships for the summer.

2001 Fleming Scholars

Dylan James Armes
Hometown/High School: Mustang OK, Mustang High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Freshman, University of Oklahoma
Mentor: Dr. Robert Floyd
Research Program: Free Radical Biology and Aging Research Program

Bryan Edward Buster
Hometown/High School: Yukon, OK, Yukon High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Sophomore, University of Oklahoma
Mentor: Dr. Rodger McEver
Research Program: Cardiovascular Biology Research Program

Chan Trong Duong
Hometown/High School: Oklahoma City, OK, Northeast Academy for Health Sciences
School/Rank Next Fall: Freshman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mentor: Dr. Chris Aston
Research Program: Arthritis and Immunology Research Program

Alison Ann Galatian
Hometown/High School: Bristow, OK, Bristow High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Freshman, Oklahoma State University
Mentor: Dr. Darise Farris
Research Program: Arthritis and Immunology Research Program

Claire Lee Gordy
Hometown/High School: Edmond, OK, Edmond North High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Sophomore, University of Oklahoma
Mentor: Dr. Bill Rodgers
Research Program: Molecular Immunobiology Research Program

Emily Vanessa Leary
Hometown/High School: Norman, OK, Norman North High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Freshman, University of Oklahoma
Mentor: Dr. Carl Manion
Research Program: Clinical Pharmacology Research Program

Lisa Nguyen
Hometown/High School: Moore, OK, Westmoore High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Freshman, University of Oklahoma
Mentor: Dr. Mike Centola
Research Program: Arthritis and Immunology Research Program

Oanh K. Pham
Hometown/High School: Oklahoma City, OK, Northwest Classen High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Junior, University of Oklahoma
Mentor: Dr. Yashige Kotake
Research Program: Free Radical Biology and Aging Research Program

Paul Clifton Provence
Hometown/High School: Ft. Towson, OK, Ft. Towson High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Freshman, University of Oklahoma
Mentor: Dr. Allen Edmundson
Research Program: Crystallography Research Program

Stuart Clifford Robinson
Hometown/High School: Shawnee, OK
School/Rank Next Fall: Senior, Oklahoma School of Science & Mathematics
Mentor: Dr. Xiao-Hong Sun
Research Program: Immunobiology and Cancer Research Program

Jennifer Wong-Sick-Hong
Hometown/High School: Muskogee, OK, Muskogee High School
School/Rank Next Fall: Freshman, University of Michigan
Mentor: Dr. Mark Coggeshall
Research Program: Immunobiology and Cancer Research Program

2001 Foundation Scholars

Project Title for Foundation Scholars: Isolation, Characterization and DNA Sequence Analysis of Antibiotic Resistance Plasmids

Jennie Louise Croslin
Hometown: Bethany
School: Putnam City West High School

Andrea Sue Gaines
Hometown: Tulsa
School: Union Intermediate High School

Debra L. Hart
Hometown: Edmond
School: Cimarron Middle School (Edmond)

Kim Renee Hinds
Hometown: Cordell
School: Cordell Junior/Senior High School