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Two students represent Southeastern at OU-Health Sciences Center event

July 29, 2021

Two science majors from Southeastern Oklahoma State University represented the school recently at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Summer Undergraduate Research poster exhibition.

Mackenzie Powell (Chemistry-Medical Sciences track) from Bokchito and Cooper McKinney (Chemistry/Biology double major) from Calera were accepted into the Oklahoma IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (OK-INBRE) Summer 2021 Intern Program.  The students  worked full time for more than eight   weeks under the supervision of SE associate chemistry professor Dr. Nancy L. Paiva to carry out biochemical research in the Chemistry Department in Durant.

On July 20, all interns from OK-INBRE and three additional summer programs were required to present a research poster summarizing their work in Oklahoma City, and had the opportunity to be judged by graduate students from OU-Health Sciences Center.  Powell  and McKinney explained their work, and answered questions from the judges as well as other attendees.

In addition to valuable biomedical research experience which should help them get into Ph.D. or medical training programs after graduation, all OK-INBRE interns earn $5,000 in wages, plus supply funds for the host lab.  Any students interested in future summer internships, on or off campus, local or out-of-state, should begin looking for opportunities and applying in late Fall, since many application deadlines range from November to March.