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Feb. 9, 2017

Native Explorers accepting applicants for summer research expedition

Ian Browne, Ph.D., OSU-CHS post-doctoral fellow, front row from left, Kent Smith, Ph.D., associate dean of the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine, and medical student Keithen Cast. Nahinli Billy, Murray State undergraduate, back row from left, and OSU students Katie Bynum, Lana Duke and Masheli Billy collect rock at the Great Basin in west-central Nevada.
Ian Browne, Ph.D., OSU-CHS post-doctoral fellow, front row from left, Kent Smith, Ph.D., associate dean of the Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine, and medical student Keithen Cast. Nahinli Billy, Murray State undergraduate, back row from left, and OSU students Katie Bynum, Lana Duke and Masheli Billy collect rock at the Great Basin in west-central Nevada.

American Indian college students interested in paleontology, natural history, medicine and science are invited to submit an application to participate in the Native Explorers summer expedition program. Native Explorers is an OSU-CHS initiative to expose American Indians to potential careers in science and medicine as well as Native traditions and culture. The program will run from May 15-26.

The program will begin at the OSU-CHS campus where participants learn about anatomy and interact with physicians and medical students. Later, participants visit famous sites in Oklahoma to collect dinosaur fossils and work side-by-side with Native research scientists from OSU-CHS, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and other natural history museums to learn about vertebrate paleontology and natural history.

In addition, 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 protection of historic sites.

Application materials and a letter of support must be received by March 15. Students selected to participate in the program will be notified via email by April 15. For more information or to complete an application, visit the Native Explorers website.

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