Time is running out to apply for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s 2017 Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar Program. The final day for applications is Feb. 1, according to a media release.
High school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors, are eligible to apply for the program. Applicants must be Oklahoma residents at the time of high school graduation and at least 16 years old to qualify. Students selected as Fleming Scholars are paid and, if eligible, also receive free housing.
This eight-week experience features laboratory training under the guidance of internationally recognized scientists and physicians, as well as lectures. Students will also have the opportunity to use sophisticated equipment and work with the latest technologies available. They will complete individual research projects on topics such as cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases.
The program is named for Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and also dedicated OMRF’s first building in 1949.
Since the program’s inception in 1956, more than 500 Oklahoma students have spent their summers at OMRF. Two current OMRF scientists, Rodger McEver, M.D., and Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., began their research careers in the program.