Thank you for your interest in the Life Science Freshman Research Scholars program here at Oklahoma State University!

Applications for the 2018-2019 LSFRS program are now open! 

 Priority Deadline: Monday, July 9th
Final Deadline: Monday, July 23rd

The Life Sciences Freshman Research (LSFRS) Program is part of an effort to involve students in authentic research during their introductory science experiences. It is supported in part by a grant to Oklahoma State University from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program. Students accepted into this program will participate in a one-credit, twelve-week course during the first semester of their freshman year, during which a “research guide” will help them identify a faculty mentor, select a research project (usually a part of a larger one), and write a research proposal. During the second semester, the students will conduct their research under the mentor’s guidance and report their results. Students fulfilling the program requirements will receive a $1000 scholarship.

Life Science Freshman Researchers have conducted a wide variety of innovative research projects and even published in scientific journals!

  • A Physiology major studied and made groundbreaking discoveries with acoustic kin recognition in bottlenose dolphins.

  • A Microbiology major isolated Staphylococcus aureus—a major bacterial pathogen--from cystic fibrosis patients and grew them in artificial environments to see if their phenotypes were altered.

  • A group of Zoology majors studied the sexual maturity in Crotaphytus collari lizards from hatchlings in accordance of their body size.

  • A Biology major studied growth rings in local perennial plants—research that had rarely been done in this climate!

  • A Biochemistry major tested two types of Actinobacillus equillis vaccines for horses that suffer from sleepy foal disease.

  • A Botany major studied the role of seed predators and their wasp parasitoids in shaping the evolution of plant reproduction. 

In order to be considered for the LSFRS program, you must be accepted to Oklahoma State University as a freshman and intend to begin classes in the Fall 2018 semester. Upon your acceptance, please submit your application here before July 23rd, 2018. Inductees for the program will be notified no later than August 10th.

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