Northwestern student taking part in medical research summer internship program

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Northwestern student taking part in medical research summer internship program

Twelve Oklahoma students, including one from Northwestern Oklahoma State University, have been hand-picked by the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) to attend the organization’s annual summer internship program currently underway in Oklahoma City.

David Gutierrez, Woodward classification, is a member of the 60th class of Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars taking part in a program that attracts about 100 applicants each March. The students spend their summers performing laboratory research at the foundation.

Each will work side-by-side with senior medical researchers on an in-depth, individual research project. At the end of the summer, the students will write scientific papers and present their research results in formal seminars for OMRF’s scientific staff.

“This program is intense by any standards, and it takes a lot of determination for young people at this age to give up an entire summer to be a part of it,” said OMRF President Dr. Stephen Prescott. “But when they’re finished, they all agree the payback is incredible.”

Since the Fleming Scholar Program began in 1956, more than 500 Oklahoma students have had their first taste of laboratory research under the guidance of OMRF scientists. Many have gone on to careers in medicine and research.

“As Fleming Scholars, these students get a close-up look at what it’s really like to do research,” said Carlisa Curry, program coordinator. “This experience can tell them early on if they enjoy it and have an aptitude for it.”

For more information on the Alexander Fleming Scholars e-mail or contact Carlisa Curry at (405) 271-7439. For more information on Northwestern’s scholarship program please contact Anne Haight, scholarship coordinator, at (580) 327-8541 or