OMRF is now accepting applications for its 2011 Fleming Scholar Program. The application deadline is February 1.
Students selected as Fleming Scholars spend eight weeks working directly with OMRF scientists on individual research projects. Projects focus on a variety of research areas, such as cancer, lupus or heart disease. Scholars receive a $3,000 stipend and also receive free housing, if eligible.
High school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors, are eligible to apply for scholar positions. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation to qualify.
“For students with innate curiosity and aptitude in science, this program offers a truly life-changing experience,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “At OMRF, we are committed to identifying and training future scientists, physicians and thinkers. For over 50 years, the Fleming Scholar Program has enabled us to recognize bright young stars and give them a leg up on careers in science. And in the end, everybody wins.”
Named for Sir Alexander Fleming, the Nobel-prize winning scientist who dedicated OMRF, the scholarship program has provided summer research experiences to almost 500 Oklahoma science students since 1956. Approximately half of those have gone on to become successful researchers and physicians, including two current OMRF scientists: Rodger McEver, M.D., and Judith James, M.D., Ph.D.
For additional information and application forms, please visit www.omrf.org/fleming.