For Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists, Junior Scientist Days provide a chance to inspire a lifelong passion for learning in the next generation of scientists.
“Science requires brains and drive and critical thinking skills,” said OMRF President Dr. Stephen Prescott. “But enthusiasm is the lifeblood of research. That's something these students and scientists share — an excitement for learning something nobody has ever known before.”
The excitement has been fueled by funds raised through bake sales, talent shows, soccer tournaments and 5k runs. The generosity of Putnam City Schools has allowed the purchase of laboratory equipment and creation of the Putnam City Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research, held by OMRF scientist Linda Thompson.
OMRF is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human diseases.
Greg Elwell is public affairs specialist for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.