Logo_URM_RGBPreparing Biologists for Research is a National Science Foundation URM Program at Oklahoma State University to increase the number of Native Americans who pursue graduate degrees in the biological sciences. The program is a collaborative project with Comanche Nation College (CNC), and also includes activities for students participating in the CNC-URM program. The OSU-URM program provides research experiences, as well as financial, academic, and professional development support, to Native Americans who transfer to OSU from a two-year school and pursue a bachelor’s degree in biological science, zoology, or physiology.

Scholarships and paid research experiences up to $15,000 per year will be awarded based on academic potential and interest in research, with priority given to Native American students who transfer to OSU from a two-year school. Scholarships and paid research experiences are renewable for two additional years when retention criteria are met. Five students will be accepted into the program each year, beginning in Summer 2012.

The URM program will pair students with faculty mentors, who will work together to develop, implement, and complete a research project. Student research projects will focus on topics in the area of ecology and environmental stress, such as the effects of biological and environmental stressors (e.g., chemicals, climatic extremes, landscape modifications, management strategies, etc.) on organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems. Academic support will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to complete their degree at OSU. Professional development activities will expose students to career options in the biological sciences, help students develop effective communication skills, and encourage students to develop a network of colleagues in the scientific community. A series of workshops will assist students with the graduate school application process. A capstone course will provide strategies for success in graduate school and beyond.

For more information, please visit the URM website.