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OSU names Life Science Freshman Research Scholars

Fri, September 23, 2016

Thirty-one students from eight different states have been selected to participate in the Oklahoma State University Life Science Freshman Research Scholars (LSFRS) program for 2016-17.

The OSU freshmen are spending the first part of their school year participating in an eight-week course, with a research guide who will help them identify a faculty mentor, select a research project and write a research proposal. During the second semester, the students will conduct research under the mentor’s guidance and present their work in the form of a poster by the end of the school year. Students fulfilling the program requirements will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

The LSFRS program is made possible by a grant to OSU from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program. Funding from the grant allows life science departments to design and create new ways of integrating authentic research experiences for undergraduates. The program is overseen by faculty from the departments of biochemistry and molecular biology, botany, chemistry, microbiology and molecular genetics, and zoology.

The following students were selected to participate in this year’s program, based on their personal applications. 

OKLAHOMA  
Ardmore
Cheyenne Smith, Zoology

Blanchard
Mackenzie Smith, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Broken Arrow
Jasmin Garcia, Biochemistry

Choctaw
Abigail Grathwohl, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Collinsville
Kahlie Hill, Biochemistry

Duncan
Haley Riley, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Durant
Reagan Brooks, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Edmond
Caroline Sanders, Biological Science
Rachel Terry, Biological Science 
Hannah Villines, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Guthrie
Austin Temple, Physiology

Healdton
John Sand, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Jay
Branson Newman, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Muksogee
Samantha Shafer, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Oklahoma City
Ashanti Baker, Biochemistry 

Owasso
Caleb Smith, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Stillwater
Zach Lewis, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics 
Eleanor Shore, Zoology

Tulsa
Rebecca Atherton, Biological Science 
Casey Johnson, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics 
Taliah Williams, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Arkansas
Bella Vista
Carly Engle, Zoology

California
Bakersfield
Maci Petrini, Physiology

Colorado
Parker
Avery Dutcher, Biological Science

Kansas
Bel Aire
Brittan Richey, Physiology

Kentucky
Versailles
Natalie Heigle, Biochemistry

Minnesota
Stillwater
Kyle Alvarez, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Missouri
Gladstone
Emily Glotfelty, Zoology

Willard
Ben White, Zoology

Texas
Argyle
Brandon Couch, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

The Woodlands

Shelby Stavins, Biological Science

For more about the LSFRS Program, as well as the OSU-HHMI Project go to http://osu-hhmi.okstate.edu.