April 10, 2014
OSU-CHS OKSTARS program offers research internships for high school students
High school juniors and seniors have the opportunity to work alongside biomedical, forensic, human sciences and clinical researchers at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences through the Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students summer intern program.
OKSTARS, which runs June 16 to July 25, enables students interested in research careers to participate in cutting-edge studies and investigations using modern equipment to contribute to publications and presentations.
“High school students have a unique opportunity to work with our university faculty and make important scientific contributions through the OKSTARS program,” said Dr. Nedra Wilson, OSU-CHS associate professor of anatomy and cell biology. “This type of research is usually reserved for graduate students, so participants are getting an early chance to work on innovative projects and expand their laboratory skills that will help them when they are applying for college.”
Participants are placed with a faculty researcher to work in their lab on projects ranging from the investigation of the effects of environmental residues of bacteria found in soil and water to the effects of estrogen on the central nervous system. Interns spend 20-25 hours per week at OSU-CHS during the program.
OKSTARS is open to high school juniors and seniors who have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher in a rigorous high school curriculum. A limited number of spots are open for the summer internship program. Students must complete an application, submit their high school transcript and complete several essay questions. A program approval form signed by a school counselor or principal is required. The deadline to apply is May 26.