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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jenks High School students participate in summer research program

Carley Booher, MS-II, gives a tour of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences to students in the  Oklahoma Science Training and Research summer program on June 10.
Carley Booher, MS-II, leads OK STAR participants on a tour of OSU-CHS.

A group of Jenks High School students are spending their summer vacation conducting research in biomedical and forensic sciences as part of a unique internship program at the OSU Center for Health Sciences.

The six high school juniors and seniors are participating in the Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students program at OSU-CHS, which runs through July 26. The program pairs the students with OSU-CHS faculty to assist with research projects in their labs.

Each student works 20-25 hours per week with their faculty mentor and research team in an area of biomedical or forensic sciences. The program offers the high school students experience that they would not normally receive until they were graduate students in college.

In addition to working in the labs, each week OSU-CHS faculty and staff will give presentations on topics including research ethics, forensics and the physiology of the brain. The students will be able to contribute to the research projects through publications and presentations during the program. They will also be invited to participate in OSU in Tulsa’s Research Day in 2014. 

I-244 bridge construction begins

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation began a project to replace the eastbound Interstate 244 bridge over the Arkansas River, impacting traffic around OSU Center for Health Sciences, OSU Medical Center and OSU Physicians Health Care Center. Students, faculty and staff should plan for lane and ramp closures at the southwest corner of the Inner Dispersal Loop during this project.

During the next month, crews will construct cross-over detours in this area and make repairs to the south leg of the IDL. Westbound I-244 will be narrowed to one open lane between Second Street and 21st Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. This corridor will open to two lanes during all other times.

Ramp closures include:

  • The southbound US-75/westbound US-64/SH-51 off-ramp to westbound I-244/southbound US-75 (south leg IDL to Arkansas River). Drivers will detour to the east/north and west legs of the IDL to access westbound I-244/southbound US-75.
  • The southbound US-75/westbound US-64/SH-51 on-ramp from Denver Avenue.
  • The westbound I-244 off-ramp to eastbound US-64/SH-51 (west leg to south leg IDL). Drivers will detour to the north and east legs of the IDL to access eastbound US-64/SH-51.