The Edmond Sun

July 5, 2013

OSSM students put research skills to good use

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Twelve students from the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics recently conducted hands-on research with scientists and medical professionals in their laboratories during the OSSM Investigative Research Scholars Program.

IRSP was initiated in 2005 by the Kerr Foundation and Mrs. Lou Kerr, a board member of the OSSM Foundation. The research project is an extension of the OSSM Mentorship Program, which is designed to give seniors the opportunity to gain experience working alongside scientists, physicists, biologists, doctors, researchers and business professionals, as well as establish relationships with mentors.  

Dr. Brent Richards, a biology professor at OSSM and also a graduate of the school, coordinates matching students with mentors in their areas of interest. IRSP participants are selected by the school’s faculty.

Students in the program include: Joseph Gao, Norman; Dr. Frank Wang, president of OSSM; John Kreidler, Edmond; Richard Hwang, Tulsa; Dr. Brent Richards, biology professor at OSSM; Preeti Mohan, Broken Arrow; Yitong Chen, Tulsa; Amy Zou, Edmond; Divya Velury, Lawton; Husayn Ramji, Oklahoma City; Tasfia Azim, Lawton; Thuc-Nghi Truong, Oklahoma City; Alice Yang, Edmond and Casey Cai, Broken Arrow.   

Nationally ranked as a top public high school in the United States, OSSM provides an academically advanced curriculum in science and math to juniors and seniors across the state. Created through legislative action in 1983, the two-year residential public high school serves all Oklahoma schools and students through math contests, research, teacher training and outreach activities. For more information, visit the school’s website at