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OSU Center for Health Sciences News

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Students share their excitement about medicine at Operation Orange

Operation Orange on OState.TV

More than 300 high school students from across Oklahoma had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of an OSU medical student this month as part of Operation Orange summer camps.

OStateTV, OSU’s web-based video network, joined OSU-CHS President Kayse Shrum, D.O. and OSU-COM students for the Operation Orange camp at the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center in Stillwater on June 12. In the first video, Shrum, third-year medical student Nicole Warren and Operation Orange participant Christian Keenan talk about how the program is getting students excited about medicine. In the second video, first-year medical student Darren Vargas talks about what participants experience as part of the camp.

In addition to OSU-Stillwater, the traveling summer camp visited Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Technology and Education Center in Tahlequah and the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. View photos and social media posts from each of the camps on the OSU-CHS Storify page.

High school students begin summer intern research programs

Forensic sciences graduate student Kate Weinbrecht, left, teaches OKSTARS intern Kendall Hughes how to use a pipette.
Forensic sciences graduate student Kate Weinbrecht, left, teaches OKSTARS intern Kendall Hughes how to use a pipette.

A group of 17 high school students is  spending their summer with OSU-CHS researchers as part of the Oklahoma Science and Training Research Students and Native Science and Training Research Students programs. The five-week internship programs, which introduce students to the biomedical, forensic and clinical research happening at OSU-CHS, kicked off Monday with a special welcome and orientation session.

The students are from Jenks High School, Union High School, Mulhall-Orlando High School and Summit Christian Academy. As part of the orientation, students completed and received an introduction about on-going research projects at OSU-CHS.

Interns will spend 20-25 hours per week working with OSU-CHS faculty and undergraduate, graduate and medical students on research projects. They will have the opportunity to present their findings at the Tulsa Research Partners' City Wide Research Day in November and OSU in Tulsa’s Research Day in 2015.

Class of 2018 to visit campus for Admitted Student Day


OSU-COM will welcome 40 students from the Class of 2018 and their families to OSU-CHS during Admitted Student Day on Saturday at 9 a.m.

The event offers incoming students an opportunity to tour campus, meet classmates and learn about the OSU medical school from current students. Spouses and family members of students will receive medical school survival tips and learn what to expect as the physician training process begins.

Brunch will be provided. OSU-COM hosted a similar event for the Class of 2018 earlier this year.