The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is offering scholarships for Oklahoma science teachers to participate in OMRF’s 2007 Foundation Scholar Program.
Since 1988, OMRF’s Foundation Scholar Program has helped Oklahoma science teachers build their classroom curriculum through hands-on laboratory work and interaction with scientists and other educators. Scholarships provide a $2,000 stipend plus housing (if needed) and $1,000 in laboratory and classroom supplies.
The program, Biology is a Village, provides selected teachers with methods for developing projects to use in their classrooms and laboratories. Based on the classical experiments of Nobel Prize winner Eduard Buchner, the course involves elements of chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, structural biology, bioinformatics and medical science and affords scholars considerable laboratory experience.
The program will run from July 5 to 31, and the application deadline is March 15. Oklahoma middle and high school teachers with at least three years classroom experience are eligible to apply.
In 2006, teachers from Adair, Liberty, Mid-Del and Miami schools were selected as Foundation Scholars. Since 1988, a total of 70 Oklahoma science teachers have participated in the program.
“We provide four weeks of laboratory work plus time for interaction and sharing of ideas among peers,“ said Tim Mather, Ph.D., course director. “They leave OMRF with a support network, as well as new ideas for enriching their classroom teaching experience. And the knowledge they gain here is passed on not only to their students but to their colleagues at their home schools as well.”
For more information and application forms, visit www.omrf.org/education or call 405-271-8537.
High-resolution photos of teachers in laboratories are available for download at www.omrf.org/newsgallery/foundationscholars.
Chartered in 1946, 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.