The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is offering scholarships for Oklahoma science teachers to participate in OMRF’s 2006 Foundation Scholar Program.
OMRF is accepting applications through March 15 for scholarships to the four-week summer course, which helps teachers build their classroom curriculum through hands-on laboratory work.
The program, Living Chemistry, provides middle and high school science teachers with strategies for developing an integrated series of projects to use in their classrooms. It is based on the classical experiments of Nobel Prize winner Eduard Buchner, and it taps on a diverse range of scientific disciplines: chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, structural biology, bioinformatics and medical science.
All Oklahoma middle and high school teachers with at least three years classroom experience are eligible to apply. Scholarships provide housing and a $1,500 stipend. The program will run from June 19 to July 14, 2006.
Now in its 19th year, OMRF’s Foundation Scholar Program brings together selected Oklahoma educators to participate in hands-on research and learn methods for enhancing their science curriculum. The teachers work together, side-by-side in a lab, sharing ideas and learning ways to enrich their classroom teaching experience. When they return to their home schools, they possess skills and information that benefit not only their students but their colleagues as well.
Last year, five teachers from across the state were selected as Foundation Scholars. Those teachers came from the Putnam City, Ketchum, Dibble and Wayne school districts. Since the program’s inception in 1988, a total of 66 Oklahoma science teachers have participated.
For more information and application forms, visit www.omrf.org/omrf/education or call 405-271-8537.
Celebrating its 60th birthday in 2006, OMRF (www.omrf.org) is a nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and curing human disease. Its scientists focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease. It is home to Oklahoma’s only member of the National Academy of Sciences.