One Duncanite will appear among the 15 individuals named as Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars for 2019.

Jared Gregston, an Aim Academy Red River grad who attends the University of Oklahoma, made the cut through The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) to be named as a scholar.

A total of 70 applicants from across the state entered for the 64th Fleming Class. According to OMRF, a panel of scientists helped choose from the applicants based on “their scientific achievements and demonstrated interest in a career in medical research.”

OMRF Fleming Scholar Program Coordinator Heather Hebert says Gregston and the other 14 students will spend about eight weeks working with OMRF scientists on specific research covering autoimmune disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

“These students inject a sense of excitement and curiosity into our summers as they seize this unique opportunity,” Hebert said. “A summer at OMRF is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for students at this point in their educational journey. It’s both challenging and rewarding, and it can be a game changer.”

At the end of the eight weeks, Fleming Scholars will author scientific papers and deliver a presentation to the foundation’s research staff on what they learned in the lab.

The Fleming Scholar program began in 1956 “as a way to give Oklahoma high school and college students hands-on biomedical research experience.”

The program is named after Sir Alexander Fleming, a famed British scientist responsible for the discovery of penicillin.

For more information on the Fleming Scholar Program, visit https://omrf.org/about-omrf/education-outreach/fleming-scholar-program/.