Madilyn Scott, a high school student participating in OSU-CHS’ Native OKstars program, was selected to meet President Barack Obama as he visited Durant on Wednesday.
Scott is one of several American Indian high school students working with OSU-CHS faculty on research projects during a six-week intensive internship. The Native OKstars and OKstars programs are designed to encourage students to pursue a career in medicine or science. Scott has been working in Associate Dean for the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science Kent Smith’s lab this summer and has expressed interest in pursuing a medical degree in the future. Smith also is a professor of anatomy.
The president visited Durant, the home of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, during his visit to announce a pilot high-speed internet program that would make internet access available to more families. ConnectHome will begin in 27 cities and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, which stretches across much of southeastern Oklahoma.