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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.

Funded by the National Institute of Health (PI: Sara Vesely, S06GM146122, PI: Sohail Khan, S06GM127983)


  • 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.
  • 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 20 - July 23, 2024).

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

  • Personal Statement: Please include a one to two page, Times New Roman, 12-point font, double-spaced, personal statement via the online application. The personal statement should include the applicant's reasoning for wanting to participate in NARCH, highlights any research experiences, and highlights of the applicant's strengths and career goals. Please discuss how participation in this program will help meet that objective. You can also include information that describes any challenges you have faced and ways you worked to overcome these challenges. Your personal statement helps set you apart from the other applicants.
  • Submit Transcripts: Submit college transcripts to the application as a PDF. Unofficial transcripts are allowed.


All NARCH students will be compensated $5,000. You can use this compensation to cover living expenses in Oklahoma City Metro for our 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