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Reggie Whitten and Whitten-Newman Foundation honored for Native Explorer scholarships endowment

Tulsa – Oklahoma City attorney and philanthropist Reggie Whitten and the Whitten-Newman Foundation were honored by Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences and the OSU Foundation at a campus luncheon June 3.

The Whitten-Newman foundation funds the Native Explorers program each year and Whitten, who supports science, geology and paleontology education, donated $50,000 to endow a scholarship fund for participants.  The donation will be matched 2:1 by oilman and OSU alumnus T. Boone Pickens.

The Native Explorers program at OSU-CHS is primarily a scientific expedition offering Native American college students an opportunity to learn about vertebrate fossils that lived during the Cenozoic (Age of Mammals) and the Cretaceous (Age of Dinosaurs).

Participants in the program work side-by-side with research scientists from OSU-CHS and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to learn paleontological techniques. Archeologists and biologists from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, Barstow Field Office may introduce them to protocols for management of natural resources and the preservation and protection of historic sites.  They also may learn more about possible career opportunities and internships.

The Native Explorers program also works to promote and increase the numbers of Native Americans in science and medicine. It helps recruit, train and educate them in the disciplines of anatomy and vertebrate paleontology as well as an introduction to Osteopathic Medicine. OSU-CHS selects students, undergraduate and graduate-level, to participate. Students can earn three hours of college credit. All expenses are paid for those students selected.



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.