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Programs and Resources

The Office of American Indians In Medicine and Science (AIMS) has developed unique pathway programs with Tribal partners, Indian Health Services, OSU-CHS Centers of Excellence (Rural Health, Health Systems Innovation, and Indigenous Health Research and Policy) and the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department to increase the number of American Indians and Alaskan Natives (First Americans) in the health professions and biomedical science careers.

AIMS Native Pathway (NP) Programs—follow a three-pronged approach to recruit, train and retain AI/AN in medicine and science: 1) increase awareness of health and science careers among high school students and introduce them to biomedical research; 2) train and prepare college students in biomedical sciences research and improve their competitiveness for professional and graduate programs; and 3) retain students engaged in these pathway programs through all admissions options including bridge, guaranteed admissions, and 3+1 program with partner institutions. 


Future Programs

  • Native American Pre-Admissions Workshop (Undergraduate)
  • Native Explorers STEMM Summer Internship (Undergraduate)
  • Southwest Oklahoma Tribal Health Internship (Undergraduate)
  • Native Operation Orange (High School)

Additional Resources


Medical and Graduate School Students

OSU Center for Health Sciences offers paths in osteopathic medicine and several graduate programs. 


Scholarship Resources

Scholarship selection and the student loan process can be quite daunting and competitive. Native students have unique opportunities for funding. Educational opportunities may include funding from your tribe as well as other native directed resources.

Scholarship opportunities, as well as student loan requests have varying deadlines for applying. Certain applications may also rely on FAFSA information for need-based awards.

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