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OUHSC Students Earn Thousands in Travel Awards

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - Campus News -

OUHSC Graduate College Presents
$24,750 in Research Awards
Students, Post-doctoral Fellows Present Research in Competition

Oklahoma City (May 9, 2018) – To prepare for careers in research, students must not only learn the science of their specialty, but they must practice presenting their work, both orally and in posters.

For 43 years, the Graduate College at the OU Health Sciences Center has provided a forum for students to gain that experience. The GREAT (Graduate Research Education and Technology) Symposium showcases the original research of students and post-doctoral fellows, who also compete for travel awards to present their research at national and international scientific meetings.

This year, the Graduate College presented $24,750 in awards to students and fellows for their research. The travel awards are important because they allow students to present their research again at larger meetings out of state, where connections are often made that will further their careers.
“We are proud of this year’s GREAT participants and the significant quality of research projects that they presented,” said Anne Pereira, Ph.D., dean of the Graduate College. “We have very bright students who are dedicated to discovering new answers for the health problems that people face.”
The Graduate College is one of seven colleges at the OU Health Sciences Center. It is the college that educates future health care scientists from a variety of research disciplines in the Colleges of Allied Health, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health. Students come from around the world and have many different aspirations and dreams. Some want to establish research careers in academia, industry, health care or government. Some are developing skills to teach the next generation of health scientists, while others aim to communicate science to non-specialists. A growing number of Ph.D. and M.S. candidates want to become entrepreneurs or consultants in new technologies or patent law. Some choose to develop careers in regulatory and policy matters.

This year’s GREAT keynote speaker was Scott Rollins, Ph.D., who earned his doctorate in immunology at OUHSC. Rollins is CEO and chairman at Tetherex Pharmaceuticals, an Oklahoma City biotech company. He was previously president and CEO of Selexys Pharmaceuticals from 2008 to 2016 and was instrumental in the acquisition of Selexys by Novartis in 2016 for $665 million. Selexys developed a monoclonal antibody targeting P-Selectin that will be the first approved drug for sickle cell disease in 25 years. Rollins encouraged students to remain true to the ethics of research and to consider the various ways their research could one day improve the lives of people around the world.
“Our students in the Graduate College receive a well-rounded education that prepares them to enter a number of fields and make a difference with their knowledge and desire to help solve the important medical and public health issues of today,” Pereira said.

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