Does a summer full of scientific experiments and hands-on lab work sound right up your alley? If so, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s Fleming Scholar Program might be right for you or someone you know.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Fleming Scholar Program. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1.
Applicants must be Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation and at least 16 years old to qualify for this award-winning program. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply. The application process is completed online at www.omrf.org/fleming and includes submission of a long-form essay, letters of recommendation and transcripts.
Students selected as Fleming Scholars are paid and may be eligible for housing.
Those selected will have the opportunity to work for eight weeks under the guidance of senior-level scientists and physicians and hone their research skills while working with state-of-the-art equipment and technologies.
“This program has provided a springboard for many successful careers in science and medicine,” said Fleming Scholar Program Director Carlisa Curry. “We feel that students benefit tremendously from this experience. Our scientists also see meaningful contributions from their work, so it is a win-win that has continued to improve every year. This is a unique opportunity that should not be missed.”
The program is named for Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and dedicated OMRF’s first building in 1949. Since the inception of the program in 1956, more than 500 Oklahoma students have spent their summers at OMRF. Two current OMRF program chairs, Rodger McEver, M.D., and Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., started their research careers as Fleming scholars.