OMRF is accepting applications for its 2013 Fleming Scholar Program. Application deadline is Feb. 1.
The summer program allows selected students to enhance their research skills by working alongside world-class scientists for eight weeks in OMRF’s state-of-the-art laboratories. Projects will focus on key research areas like cancer, lupus or heart disease. Scholars are paid and also receive free housing, if eligible.
High school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors, are eligible to apply for the Fleming Scholar Program. Students must be Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation and at least 16 years of age to qualify.
“A Fleming Scholar summer can serve as a real turning point for a student at this age,” said OMRF Fleming Scholar Program manager Courtney Stevens. “This intensive program shows students what it’s like to work in a real laboratory and what it takes to have a career in research. It’s a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from senior-level scientists and experience the world of research firsthand.”
At the program’s end, students will present their research findings in seminars for OMRF’s scientific staff and write papers detailing their research results.
Named for Sir Alexander Fleming, the Nobel-prize winning scientist who dedicated OMRF, the Fleming Scholar Program has provided a summer research experience to more than 500 Oklahoma students since 1956. More than 200 Fleming Scholars 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.