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Oklahoma State University student spends summer as a scientist

Nick Elroy is one of 10 Oklahoma students who are participating in the Fleming Scholar Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. The program is for Oklahoma students who are residents and are interested in scientific research.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: July 11, 2013

Nick Elroy expected busy work.

But when Elroy arrived at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City to participate in the Fleming Scholar Program, he found otherwise.

Elroy has spent the past few weeks studying alongside OMRF scientists, looking at whether eating red meat promotes the development of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.

“So many people end up with cardiovascular disease or know someone who has it,” he said. “It makes my research really relevant and helpful, and that's one of the reasons I enjoy doing this as much as I do.”

OMRF was founded in 1946 and is one of the oldest nonprofit biomedical research institutes in the country.

Elroy is one of 10 Oklahoma students who are participating in OMRF's Fleming Scholar Program. The program started in 1956 and is named for Sir Alexander Fleming, who discovered penicillin and came to visit OMRF to dedicate the organization's first building.

Elroy grew up in Marlow, a town of about 5,000 people that sits about 70 miles southwest of Oklahoma City.

He said he has always loved science. While in high school, Elroy started taking more advanced science classes at the Biomedical Science Academy at Red River Technology Center in Duncan.

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by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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