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Oklahoma City Community College

Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) is located in South Oklahoma City and has an annual enrollment of more than 28,000 students. The College offers a full range of associate degree programs that prepare students to transfer to baccalaureate institutions. Other degree and certificate programs are designed to prepare students for immediate employment in a variety of fields. Additionally, Oklahoma City Community College offers a wide range of community and continuing education courses, workshops, conferences, and seminars.

Since participating in the CCURI workshop in April of 2012, OCCC has been working on incorporating research experiences into individual classes, including classes in the following disciplines: biotechnology, biology, engineering, ecology, and geology.

Biotechnology program students participate in a biotechnology industry internship after completing all their biotechnology classes. Internships, which last eight weeks, take place at area biotechnology industry or research laboratory locations. During the internship students are also working closely with a site mentor to work on a small research project, the topic of which depends on their internship site

Research Opportunities

For more information please contact:

Dr. Fabiola Janiak-Spens, Director of Biotechnology, phone: 405-682-1611 ext 7414

Annually, students from OCCC have been selected to participate in summer research experiences through OKINBRE.

The scientific themes of OK-INBRE are multi-disciplinary, targeting the fields of Microbiology & Immunology, Cancer, and Developmental Biology. This thematic focus is closely linked with the strategic research plans of the two lead biomedical research-intensive institutions. Support for students is provided by summer internships, participation in the faculty research projects and enrollment in new educational programs in bioinformatics and genomics.

For more information please visit:

Students from the OCCC have been performing research during the past summers at the University of Oklahoma, Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology

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