Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences

OSU Center for Health Sciences
Native OKstars Summer Research Program

2018 Program Dates coming soon!

The OSU-CHS Native Oklahoma Science Training and Research Students program introduces Native American high school juniors and seniors to medical school and the programs offered by OSU-CHS. This program is designed to encourage American Indian students to pursue a career in the medical field and contains a cultural component from the OSU-CHS Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science. Interns are matched with an American Indian faculty member and medical student and will learn about pathways to medical school and careers in science, technology, engineering and math. In addition to the faculty member, participants are paired with a Native American medical student who has completed their first year of medical school.

Benefits of Participation in Native OKStars

High school interns are immersed in a research atmosphere that is usually reserved for graduate students. Each intern works with a Native American faculty mentor and medical student mentor. Participating students have the opportunity to learn about the various paths to medical school, D.O. vs. M.D., careers in STEM, and visit with current graduate and medical students. The intern is invited to participate in Research Day at OSU Center for Health Sciences as well as the City of Tulsa Research Day.

Potential areas of focus during the summer:

Forensic Sciences

      • DNA/Biology
      • Toxicology/Chemistry
      • Psychology

Biomedical Sciences

      • Anatomy
      • Biochemistry
      • Cell Biology
      • Microbiology
      • Vertebrate Paleontology
      • Pharmacology
      • Physiology

Data Mining

      • Statistics
      • Data Analytics and innovation
      • Rural Health trends

Responsibilities of a native OKstars participant

The summer research experience is extensive and each scholar is expected to participate between 20-25 hours per week (Monday through Friday) during the program duration. Schedules can be flexible depending on the faculty and medical student mentor. Applicants should be aware of the requirements and time commitments. Participants are required to attend weekly lunches and discussions. These are currently scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon.

Requirements for Applicants

  • Applicants must have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA in a rigorous high school curriculum.
  • Other requirements are listed on the Application Form.

Program Details

  • Application Procedure. ¬†Applications must be received no later than 3 p.m. on April 3.¬† Please submit your application online.
  • Decisions on Applications. All applications will be reviewed by an OSU Center for Health Sciences’ faculty selection committee, and decisions will be based on merit, taking into account all information provided by applicants. Applicants will receive notice after April 17.
  • Cost. All program fees will be covered by OSU Center for Health Sciences at no cost to the student.
  • Housing and transportation are not provided.


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Application Deadline: April 3


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