Philip Cox named 07 Fleming Scholar

BETHANY, OK—Philip Cox, a sophomore Biology-Chemistry major, has been named as one of only twelve 2007 Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars. It has been 17 years since an SNU student has received this honor, when Debbie Lynn Keith was named a Fleming Scholar in 1990. Virginia Dawn Hendrix received the same honor in 1989.

According to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, since 1956, more than 430 gifted Oklahoma science students have experienced this one-of-a-kind opportunity to complete a medical research project in a real-world laboratory. For some, the program offers a first look at research outside a classroom and opens doors to a wide range of career options. Scholarships include housing during the program and a $3,000 stipend.

“Even a short span of eight weeks can literally change a life or, in this case, many lives,” said OMRF President Stephen M. Prescott, M.D. “Once mind-boggling topics become ordinary. Challenges are overcome. Friendships are forged. And, another class of fledgling scientists, physicians and thinkers leaves OMRF, brimming with confidence and ready to ask important questions.”

As published in the OKLAHOMAN, Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Twelve Oklahoma students have been named as Fleming Scholars and will spend the summer working with senior scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

As a 2007 Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar, Cox will spend eight weeks, beginning June 4, working in the laboratories of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City.

For more information about the Fleming Scholar program through the OMRF contact Shari Hawkins, 405-271-8537 or visit their website at www.omrf.org.