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June 14, 2013

Jenks High School students participate in OSU-CHS summer research program

Sri Lankan forensic scientists Piyanka De Silva (right), Rasika Perera and Samara Jeewa Bandara, test samples from mock cases. Carley Booher, MS-II, leads OK STARS participants on a tour of OSU-CHS.

A group of Jenks High School students are spending their summer vacation conducting research in biomedical and forensic sciences as part of a unique internship program at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

The six high school juniors and seniors are participating in the Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students program at OSU-CHS, which runs through July 26. The program pairs the students with OSU-CHS faculty to assist with research projects in their labs.

"Each of these students has expressed an interest in research and this program provides them the opportunity to work with our world-class faculty and participate in the scientific discoveries that are happening right here in Tulsa," said Nedra Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and cell biology. "We will challenge their science and critical thinking skills as they explore the cutting-edge research happening at OSU-CHS."

Each student works 20-25 hours per week with their faculty mentor and research team in an area of biomedical or forensic sciences. The program offers the high school students experience that they would not normally receive until they were graduate students in college.

In addition to working in the labs, each week OSU-CHS faculty and staff will give presentations on topics including research ethics, forensics and the physiology of the brain.

Jenks High School students Elizabeth Hicks, Joanna George, Kendall Hughes, Octavio Serrano, Sophia Short and Athena Chatzigiannidis will participate in the program. 

The students will be able to contribute to the research projects through publications and presentations during the program. They will also be invited to participate in OSU in Tulsa's Research Day in 2014.

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