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Program Details

Since 2004, Cherokee Nation and OU have partnered together to host the Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Student Development Program to support undergraduate students with hands-on research and mentorship. This nine-week summer research program offers Native American students mentorship and hands-on research experience as well as the opportunity to present their research at the conclusion of the program. The NARCH research project topic areas range from basic laboratory science to clinical and translational research to public and community health.


  • Must be a member of any federally recognized tribe.
  • Have completed 2 years of undergraduate study (by the program start date) at an institution in the United States and be currently enrolled in good standing.
  • Record of high academic achievement in science coursework and experience in laboratory research or health sciences is desired.
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty mentors or instructors are required and should highlight the applicant’s achievements in course work and laboratory experiences, and include an evaluation of his or her desire for a biomedical research or health science-related career.
  • A statement of career goals that includes a brief discussion of the applicant’s interests and future goals


The NARCH application can be found on the OUHSC SURP website. The program is 9 weeks of full time (40 hours per week) hands-on research experience with a mentor (May 22 - July 25, 2023).

Complete the online application form.  Within the form the following information will be included:

  • Personal Statement: Please include a one-page, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, personal statement via the online application. The statement should express your career goals and include a brief discussion of your interest in biomedical research and personal efforts to expand your knowledge and experience in this area. Please discuss how participation in this program will help meet that objective.
  • Two Recommendation Letters:   Information about the authors of your recommendation letters (ie: Names, e-mail addresses, etc) will be included as part of your application.  Once your application has been submitted the authors will receive an automated request that includes your name, the name of the program to which you are applying, and a link to the online submission for recommendation letters.  You will receive notification e-mails when each author submits their online recommendation letter.  
  • Submit Transcripts: Submit college transcripts to the application as a PDF. Unofficial transcripts are allowed.


All NARCH students will receive a summer stipend of $5,000. This stipend can cover all living expenses in the Oklahoma City Metro for your 9-weeks. Participants are responsible for housing. Please contact the SURP office for assistance.

Contact Info

Summer Undergraduate Research Programs
941 Stanton L. Young,  BSEB 123
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104
(405) 271-2406