If you hear the word goggles and think “science” instead of “swimming,” then a summer at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation might be just the ticket.
OMRF is now accepting applications for its 2018 Fleming Scholar Program. The deadline is Feb. 1.
The annual program is heading into its 63rd year of allowing the best and brightest science students from across the Sooner State a unique opportunity to get hands-on lab experience alongside some of the top researchers in the world.
Applicants must be Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation or at least 16 years old to qualify. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomore and juniors are eligible for this award-winning program.
Fleming scholars are paid and may be eligible for housing.
The application includes submission of academic transcripts, a long-form essay and letters of recommendation. To apply, head to omrf.org/fleming.
“This program has provided a springboard for many careers in science and medicine, and simply cannot be missed,” said OMRF human resources specialist Heather Hebert. “This is an opportunity to get experience that cannot be emulated in a classroom setting.”
The program is named for Novel Prize-winning scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and also traveled to the U.S. to dedicate OMRF’s first building in 1949.
Since the program debuted in 1956, nearly 600 Oklahoma students have spent their summers in state-of-the-art labs working on meaningful science. Two current OMRF vice presidents, Rodger McEver, M.D., and Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., launched their careers as Fleming scholars.