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Native Explorers


The Native Explorers College-Age Program is now accepting applications for college students interested in science, medicine and archeology.

If you are Native American and curious about vertebrate fossils (e.g., rhinos, horses, and bone crushing dogs) and medicine and enjoy being in the “great outdoors”, this scientific expedition is for you. You may be eligible to earn three hours of college credit.

Activities will begin on the OSU-CHS campus and include exploring anatomy, com- paring diseased and normal organs, preparing fossil specimens, reading topographical maps, and learning how to use a compass and GPS units. Participants will be able to interact with physicians and medical students to learn more about healthy lifestyles and medicine. These activities will be followed by a paleontological dig at Black Mesa, Oklahoma and either Utah, Wyoming or California . Native traditions and culture will also be a part of this experience.

Participants will work side-by-side with research scientists from OSU-CHS and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History to learn paleontological techniques. Archeologists and Biologists from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and participants may be introduced to protocols for the management of natural resources and the preservation and protection of historic sites as well as possible career opportunities and internships.

Successful applicants will be notified early April.


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Closing Date

March 15, 2016

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