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Jan. 22, 2015

Native Explorers accepting applications for summer research expedition

American Indian college students have the opportunity to learn more about anatomy, paleontology, medicine and Native culture during a scientific expedition this summer offered by the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. Native Explorers is part of an effort at OSU-CHS to increase the number of American Indians who work in science and medicine.

“The program exposes American Indian students to a variety of potential careers and allows them to network with Native professionals in anatomy, vertebrate paleontology, archaeology, biology and medicine,” said Kent Smith, Ph.D., associate dean for the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science at OSU-CHS and founder of Native Explorers. “Ultimately, participants will learn how Native cultures complement the natural world and medicine while creating lifelong, professional networks and friendships.”

During the May 18-29 expedition, participants will work with American Indian research scientists from OSU-CHS, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science to learn about vertebrate paleontology and natural history. Archeologists, geologists and biologists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management will introduce participants to natural resource management and the preservation of historic sites.

The expedition includes a trip to New Mexico to visit museums, archeological sites and pueblos to explore the history and culture of the people native to that region. In Oklahoma and Texas, participants will collect vertebrate fossil remains at paleontological sites and will learn about the region’s modern plants and animals.

Native Explorers is open to American Indians age 18 and older who are enrolled members of a federally recognized tribe. A limited number of spots are open for the scientific expedition.

Students must complete an application and submit a letter of reference from an instructor. The deadline to apply is March 15.

The program is funded by OSU-CHS, the Chickasaw Nation, the Whitten-Burrage Law Firm and the Native Explorers Foundation. For more information or to complete an application, visit the native explorers website.


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