If you hear the word “goggles” and think science instead of swimming, then a summer in a laboratory at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation might be just the ticket for you.
OMRF is now accepting applications for its 2018 Fleming Scholar Program. The deadline is Feb. 1.
The annual summer program is entering its 63rd year of bringing together the best and brightest science students from across the Sooner State for eight weeks at OMRF. This unique program provides students hands-on lab experience alongside some of the world’s top researchers.
Applicants must be Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation and at least 16 years old to qualify. High school seniors and college freshmen, sophomore and juniors are eligible to apply 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.
“This program has provided a springboard for many careers in science and medicine and simply shouldn’t be missed,” said OMRF Human Resources Specialist and Fleming Program Coordinator Heather Hebert. “This opportunity offers experience that cannot be emulated in a classroom setting.”
The program is named for Nobel 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.
To apply or for more information, visit omrf.org/fleming.