Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
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2015 OSU Center for Health Sciences
OKstars Summer Research Program

The OSU-CHS Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students program provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research.  The program includes in-depth work with a research team, access to modern instrumentation and potential opportunities to participate in publications and presentations.

Benefits of Participation in OKStars

High school interns are immersed in a research atmosphere that is usually reserved for graduate students. Each intern works with a faculty research mentor and research team on a research project.  A range of modern equipment is available to support the research – such as facilities for materials fabrication, modern chemical and biological analysis facilities, and microscopy resources that are among the best in the southwest.  The intern is invited to participate in OSU in Tulsa Research Day as well as the City of Tulsa Research Day. 

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities available for students are available with the Departments of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biochemistry and Microbiology, Pharmacology and Physiology and the Department of Obstetrics. Previous participants in the OKstars program have pursued research in the following project areas:

  • Characterization of monoclonal antibodies against baboon cytomegalovirus
  • Genomic analysis of primate cytomegaloviruses
  • Characterization of virulence factors produced by Burkholderia multivorans
  • Investigation of the effects of environmental residues of triclosan on bacteria found in soil and water
  • Investigation of the effects of estrogen on central nervous system pathways that influence body fluid or body weight regulation
  • Investigation of the role of estrogen and estrogen receptors in regulation of immunity and inflammation during infectious disease or cancer development
  • Investigation of microorganisms found on items commonly used in mouths
  • Investigation of the assembly and function of cilia in the model organism Chlamydomonas and in neurogenesis
  • Investigation of the physiological regulation of blood pressure in female and male mice
  • Identification of trends in Trichomonas vaginalis infections in Tulsa clinic patients
  • Microscopic characterization of the vole small intestine
  • Identification of clinically significant anatomic variations in cadaveric specimens
  • Characterization of the effects of opioids and antidepressants in neuroinflammatory signaling


Responsibilities of an OKstars participant

The summer research experience is extensive and each scholar is expected to participate between 20-25 hours per week (Monday through Friday) during the program duration.  Applicants should be aware of the requirements and time commitments they apply. Schedules will be determined by the participant and their PI.

Requirements for Applicants

  • Applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in a rigorous high school curriculum.
  • Other requirements are listed on the Application Form.


Program Details

  • Application Procedure.  Applications must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday May 20, 2015.  Please submit your application online.
  • Decisions on Applications. All applications will be reviewed by an OSU Center for Health Sciences’ faculty selection committee, and decisions will be based on merit, taking into account all information provided by applicants.
  • Cost. All program fees will be covered by OSU Center for Health Sciences at no cost to the student.
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