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THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2012

Native Explorers summer program accepting applications

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Native Explorer participants and mentors at a late Miocene fossil locality in Beaver County, Okla., last year  include  Joe Thomas (Chickasaw); Brent McCullough (Choctaw); Dr. Kent Smith (Comanche); Dr. Nick Czaplewski, mentor and OU paleontologist; Dustin Little, OSU-CHS medical student and mentor (Seminole); Doug Dunn (Chickasaw); and Rachel Wheeler (Cherokee). Miocene is a geologic epic that spanned from 23 million to 5 million years ago.)

OSU-CHS is accepting applicants for Native Explorers, a program designed to recruit, train and educate American Indian college students in anatomy, vertebrate paleontology and osteopathic medicine.

“This unique opportunity allows OSU-CHS to integrate anatomy, paleontology and medicine with lab and field activities,” said Dr. Kent Smith, OSU-CHS associate professor of anatomy and program leader. “Native Explorers serves as a stepping stone to recruit more American Indian students into the science fields and provides insight into related career opportunities.”

The program, a partnership between OSU-CHS, Chickasaw Nation and Whitten-Burrage law firm, runs from June 19 to July 1. Participants will gain hands on experience during a scientific expedition to the Oklahoma panhandle, southwest Colorado and south-central Utah. Students will learn about Ice-age vertebrate fossils, as well as modern plants and animals.

Participants will join research scientists from OSU-CHS and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at archeological sites to locate dinosaur track ways and fossil localities, study cliff dwellings, collect Ice-age vertebrate fossils and learn about modern plants and animals. Native traditions and culture are included in the expedition study.

USDA Forest Service biologists, geologists and archeologists will demonstrate the preservation and management of natural resources.

At OSU-CHS, participants will explore anatomy, learn how to identify fossil remains and examine tools used by vertebrate paleontologist. Physicians and medical students will work with the participants to teach them about healthful lifestyles and medicine.

The program will only accept 10 participants age 18 or older. All expenses are paid for those selected. Students may be eligible to earn three hours of college credit.

The deadline for applying is May 1. Students must complete an application and submit a letter of reference from an instructor. Forms are available at www.chickasaweducationservices.com/index_246.htm. For more information, visit www.healthsciences.okstate.edu/college/native_explorers/index.cfm, call (918) 561-8246 or email kent.smith@okstate.edu.


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