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OMRF scientist Bob Axtell, Ph.D., in his lab along with David Stefanoff, a 2021 Fleming Scholar.

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation is accepting applications for its 2022 Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar Program. The application deadline is Feb. 1.

The paid, eight-week summer program allows the state’s top science students to enhance their research skills by participating in a lab setting alongside world-class scientists.

High school seniors, as well as college freshmen, sophomores and juniors, are eligible to apply. Students must be 16 or older to qualify and an Oklahoma resident at the time of high school graduation to be eligible.

The application process includes submission of an essay, letters of recommendation and academic transcripts. Selected scholars may also be eligible for housing.

“Our Fleming Scholar experience provides students with invaluable hands-on experience that isn’t possible in a classroom,” said program coordinator Heather Rodriguez. “It’s a unique opportunity for these students to build connections and discover possibilities for a career in biomedical research or medicine.”

Founded in 1956 and named for Sir Alexander Fleming, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who discovered penicillin and in 1949 dedicated OMRF’s first building, the program offers students a summer packed with hands-on biomedical research.

Since its inception, more than 600 Oklahoma students have had the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art labs at OMRF. Two current OMRF vice presidents, Rodger McEver, M.D., and Judith James, M.D., Ph.D., started their research careers as Fleming Scholars.

For more information or to apply, visit omrf.org/fleming.

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