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  • Bryan P. Glass Student Scholarship/Fellowship in Zoology Fund
    The Bryan P. Glass Student Scholarship/Fellowship in Zoology Fund was established in 2012 through generous donations from Dr. Glass’s former students. The Glass Fund is used to provide one or more scholarships/fellowships for students enrolled in the Department of Integrative Biology and conducting research in the Collection of Vertebrates, contributing specimens to the Collections as part of their research, or otherwise incorporating the OSU Collection of Vertebrates as part of their academic experience while at OSU. The Glass Fund will be used to support both undergraduate and graduate student researchers.
  • Delta Dental of Oklahoma Pre-Dentistry Endowed Scholarship
    The Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation has established an endowed scholarship for pre-dentistry students beginning with the first award given in 2018. This annual award is for full-time students in the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Integrative Biology. Recipients must be sophomores or juniors with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have documented financial need. Evidence of campus leadership and community activities may be taken into consideration in the selection process

    The mission of the Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation is to improve the oral health of all Oklahomans by funding and facilitating dental health and education programs. They fulfill their mission in a variety of ways including awarding scholarships to Oklahoma dental students who intend to practice in Oklahoma upon graduation.
  • Dr. G. Michael Steelman Scholarship in Integrative Biology
    This endowment was established in 2008 by Dr. G. Michael Steelman for the purpose of supporting an undergraduate scholarship in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University. It was the first donor named scholarship in the department. The scholarship is awarded annually. Junior and senior students majoring in either Zoology or Physiology in the Department of Integrative Biology will be eligible for the scholarship. Students must have a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale to be considered for the scholarship.

    Dr. G. Michael Steelman received a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University in 1969 and is leading a long distinguished career in medicine. He is a second generation OSU graduate; his father was also an OSU Zoology graduate and a physician. Dr. Steelman is a past President of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and was named Bariatrician of the year twice by that society. He is the only individual to have received that honor twice (1993, 2006) and has an award named in his honor in that professional society. Moreover, Dr. Steelman continues to conduct cutting edge research relative to health and nutrition, as well as maintaining an extremely active practice and is currently the editor of the American Journal of Bariatric Medicine.
  • Dr. Ray Dixon Scholarship in Rural Health
    Dr. Raymond W. Dixon established two scholarships for students majoring in Biological Science, Physiology, or Zoology in the Department of Integrative Biology at OSU. For the Dr. Ray Dixon Scholarship in Rural Health, students must have a 3.2 GPA minimum and come from a rural background. The scholarship is will be presented at the departmental spring banquet.

    Dr. Dixon received his B.S. in Physiology in 1967 from OSU and his MD at the University of Tennessee in 1971. After his residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee he completed three years of military service at Fort Riley, KS. He then opened a private practice (general and vascular surgery) in Coffeyville, KS and remained there for 13 years. Next, he joined the McAlester Clinic and Cancer Care Associates. He retired in 2000. Among his many prestigious staff appointments, he was Clinical Instructor at the Medical College in Wisconsin, Staff Surgeon at Irwin Army Hospital, Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Coffeyville Memorial Hospital, and a Field Liaison Physician with the Commission of Cancer – American College of Surgeons. Dr. Dixon and his wife Janice have five children (Ray, Cynthia, Randy, Patricia, and Curt) and 15 grandchildren.
  • Dr. Ron and Sharion Austin Scholarship in Rural Dentistry Fund
    This Fund will be used to support the Dr. Ron and Sharion Austin Scholarship in Rural Dentistry (the “Scholarship”) as described below. Recipients of the Scholarship will be selected by a committee appointed for such purpose by the Head of the Department of Integrative Biology, or his/her designee. The recipient must be enrolled as a full-time student at the University in the College of Arts and Sciences. The recipient must be majoring in Integrative Biology (i.e., Biological Science, Physiology, or Zoology) and must have graduated from a high school located in a rural area of the country. Eligible candidates should have a 3.2 or higher GPA, demonstrated financial need, and have career aspirations in the dentistry.
  • Edwin Chappabitty, M.D. Scholarship
    The Chappabitty scholarship is an annual award and more than one may be given in any year. Students must be enrolled in one of the three majors in the Department of Integrative Biology, have a 3.0 GPA, have at least ¼ Native American blood (documented from one or more tribes), and have primary interests in a health profession. Transfer students and incoming freshmen, with a 3.2 GPA, who meet all the above requirements, may also apply for the scholarship.

    Edwin Chappabitty, Jr., M.D., graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1967 with a B.S. in Zoology. He spent the next five years in the Army as a Field Artillery Officer. He served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970, where he received numerous awards for valor. Chappabitty left the Army in 1972 to attend Dartmouth College for post-graduate studies. In 1980, he received his medical degree from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed an internship and residency in Family Practice at the University of New Mexico Hospital. In 1983, Dr. Chappabitty was commissioned in the U.S. Public Health Service, as an Indian Health Service physician, and was assigned to the Lawton Indian Hospital where he was born. For the next twenty five years he served as a Family Practice physician in Lawton, and at the Physicians’ Hospital in Anadarko. During his tenure, he served multiple times as the, Department Chairman. Chief of Staff, and Clinical Director. Dr. Chappabitty also served on the Executive Committee of the National Council of Clinical Directors. He retired from the Indian Health Service in 2008 and began a second career as the first medical director to the Comanche Nation in Lawton.

    Dr. Chappabitty appeared in the award winning KFOR TV (OKC) documentary “Strangers in Their Own Land” in 1993. In 1996, he was honored by the Association of American Indian Physicians as “Physician of the Year.” He received the “Hero Award” of the Journal of Minority Medical Students in 1997. He appeared in the Oklahoma Today article of May/June 1999 titled “The New Medicine Men.” In 2002, he was selected as the “OSU Distinguished Alumnus.” He was mentioned in the book Indian Tribes of Oklahoma, A Guide in 2009. In 2015, Dr. Chappabitty was honored as a Distinguished Alumni and inducted into the inaugural College of Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame. Dr. Chappabitty has long advocated for Native American students to receive educations and to pursue health careers.
  • Hepner Family Scholarship
    Dr. Tim Hepner and his wife Patricia (Patsy) established the HEPNER FAMILY SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT in 2014. With this in mind that Dr. Hepner wanted to give back to his university and especially the students who are interested in pursuing the profession of medicine in one of the three majors in the Department of Integrative Biology. The Hepner Family scholarship is intended for those students dedicated to attending medical school and who qualify based on performance and financial need. Dr. Hepner and Patsy hope that the burden of educational costs for a qualified OSU student will not create an insurmountable barrier to pursuing their dream.

    Tim Hepner, M.D. was born in Woodward, Oklahoma and raised in the Oklahoma panhandle, living in Guymon, Oklahoma and graduating from Guymon High School Oklahoma in 1981. He became a 3rd generation OSU Cowboy in 1981 and received his bachelor’s degree in physiology/pharmacology from OSU in 1985. From there he went to the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine and received his M.D. degree in 1989. He then started his post-graduate training as a resident in general surgery at the OU Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City from 1989-1994. He has been in private practice as a general surgeon at St. John Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1994 and has had a successful practice there for 20 years. He and Patsy have been married for nearly 25 years. They have 3 children: Maggie Cates (currently living in Midland, TX), Eliza (currently a sophomore at OSU), and Lane (a fifth grader in Tulsa).
  • Integrative Biology Undergraduate Scholarship
    Established in 1986 to fund an Integrative Biology scholarship. Recipient will have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Consideration will be given to leadership as demonstrated in worthwhile out-of-class activities. Financial need also may be considered a factor.
  • Karen L. Smith Memorial Undergraduate Research Symposium Endowment
    The Karen L. Smith Memorial Undergraduate Research Symposium Endowment was established in November 2013 in recognition of Karen’s exceptional service to undergraduates at Oklahoma State University. The Fund supports the Karen L. Smith Undergraduate Research Symposium, which is held near the end of every Fall and Spring semester and includes the Karen L. Smith Research Excellence Award for the best student presentation. Karen graduated from OSU with her Bachelor of Science in Physiology and her Master of Science in Psychology, and she later returned to OSU as a senior academic counselor in the College of Arts and Sciences. Karen worked tirelessly to enhance the undergraduate experience for students and strongly encouraged students to participate in professional development opportunities. She was instrumental in designing this opportunity for students to present the results of their research in a professional setting.
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