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OSU-CHS seeks Native American participants for Native Explorers summer studies in paleontology and medicine

TULSA, Okla. - Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has a unique summer program designed for Native Americans to study science and medicine. The Native Explorers program will begin on May 18 and end on May 28. Application deadline is April 22.

The Native Explorers program is designed to promote and increase the numbers of Native Americans in science and medicine. OSU-CHS will select students, undergraduate and graduate, to participate in this program. Students can earn three hours of college credit. All expenses are paid for the selected students through a grant from the Whitten-Newman Foundation.

Activities will begin on the OSU-CHS campus and include exploring anatomy, comparing diseased and normal organs, preparing fossil specimens, reading topographical maps, and learning how to use a compass and GPS units. Participants will be able to interact with physicians and medical students to learn more about healthy lifestyles and medicine. These activities will be followed by a paleontological dig in the Mojave Desert in southern California.

Participants will work side-by-side with research scientists from OSU-CHS and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to learn paleontological techniques. Biologists and archeologists from the Bureau of Land Management will introduce participants to possible career opportunities and internships.

"We are fortunate to be able to offer this program because of the generosity of the Whitten-Newman Foundation," says Dr. Kent Smith, program director. "It will serve as a stepping stone to recruit more talented Native American students in science and medicine as well as provide insight into related career opportunities."

Program Details

Contact for application or additional information:
Select the Native Explorers link
Kent Smith, PhD, associate professor of anatomy
OSU Center for Health Sciences

Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa offers programs in osteopathic medicine, biomedical sciences and forensic sciences. Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago, OSU-CHS has grown to offer eight graduate degrees. On-campus programs, distance learning and OSU partnerships train osteopathic physicians, research scientists and health care professionals with an emphasis on serving rural and under-served Oklahoma. OSU operates eight clinics, six in Tulsa, one in Enid and one in Muskogee. More information about OSU Center for Health Sciences is available at www.healthsciences.okstate.edu.