Mustang High School Graduate Named 2022 OMRF Fleming Scholar

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(Mustang, Oklahoma – July 20, 2022) – The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation selected 12 Oklahoma students this spring as its Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars for 2022, and MHS graduate Betsy Varughese was one of the honorees.  

Members of OMRF’s 66th Fleming class work with the foundation’s scientists on research projects in areas including autoimmune disease, cancer and cardiovascular disease. At the end of the summer program, they author scientific papers and deliver presentations to the foundation’s research staff.

“Spending a summer at OMRF gives these students a rare chance to obtain real-world biomedical research experience,” said Autumn Huffman, an OMRF Fleming Scholar Program coordinator. “It’s an exciting and challenging time for them, and in turn, they inject an exuberance and curiosity into our workplace.”

Founded in 1956, the program gives Oklahoma high school and college students hands-on biomedical research experience. The program is named for Sir Alexander Fleming, the British scientist who discovered penicillin and in 1949 came to Oklahoma City to dedicate OMRF’s first building.


About OMRF
OMRF’s Fleming Scholars are paid to work in state-of-the-art biomedical research laboratories on individual projects and are supervised by senior members of OMRF’s scientific staff.  Scholars get innovative for 8 weeks in the summer by working on real-life scientific mysteries. The work done during this program makes a lifelong impact – not only in shaping the scholars’ future but also in the contribution made toward fighting human diseases. Throughout the summer, Scholars also attend weekly seminars largely led by scientific staff covering various topics and participate in several social activities. On the final day of the program, scholars give formal scientific seminars outlining the findings of their projects followed by a luncheon with lab and family members. Each scholar also writes a scientific paper summarizing their summer project.  More information available at: https://omrf.org/about-omrf/education-outreach/program-overview/ 

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