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Jenks Students Work in Research Program

Some 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 Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa.

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 of these students has expressed an interest in research, and this program provides them the opportunity to work with our world-class faculty and participate in the scientific discoveries that are happening right here in Tulsa,” says Nedra Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor of anatomy and cell biology. “We will challenge their science and critical thinking skills as they explore the cutting-edge research happening at OSU-CHS.”

Each student works 20-25 hours per week with a faculty mentor and research team in an area of biomedical or forensic sciences. The program offers experience that students 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 members will give presentations on research ethics, forensics, physiology of the brain and other topics.

Students will be able to contribute to the research projects through publications and presentations during the program. They will also be invited to participate next year in OSU-Tulsa’s annual Research Day.

Sophomore Elizabeth Hicks is participating with juniors Joanna George, Kendall Hughes, Octavio Serrano and Sophia Short. Recent Jenks graduate Athena Chatzigiannidis will attend the University of Oklahoma in the fall.

Updated 07-03-2013

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