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BioBroadcast: Jan. 24-31

Posted by Christina Hansen, President on January 30, 2014 at 2:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to everyone who came to today's meeting about medical school admissions! Our guest speaker Brent Ross, who is the Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, shared some helpful information about becoming a competitive applicant. Here's a quick recap of those tips:

- have a competitive GPA & MCAT score (underclassman, don't forget you'll be taking a new version of the MCAT starting in 2015!)

- get healthcare experience (shadow physicians so you can be confident about choosing a career in medicine)

 - apply early (complete your application by early August to be eligible for October interviews, and give your AMCAS up to 8 weeks to process) 

- get recommendations from faculty who are familiar with you as a person, both inside and out of the classroom

- be well-rounded by exploring athletics, music, volunteerism, leadership roles, etc. but not at the expense of your academics

- be well prepared for your interview (don't be late, expect questions about anything & everything on your application, be knowledgeable about the healthcare system in general and have opinions about current issues (Affordable Care Act, obesity epidemic, etc.)

Check out the Association of American Medical Colleges website and the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's website for more details about the admissions process and medical school in general.

General Announcements:

Good luck to everyone applying to summer undergraduate research programs! Most of the deadlines are in early February, so make sure you get those applications submitted ASAP. 

HUGE congratulations to several of our seniors who have been invited to interview for medical/graduate programs! Best of luck as you take this important and exciting step in your lives :)

Be sure to "like" the OCU SGA Senior King and Queen 2014 facebook page and support Tri-Beta's nominee, Josh Graham! 

Our next meeting will be February 13 with Dr. Dean Dawson, a Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology researcher from the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Click here to learn more about about him or here and here to read about his exciting research on cell division recently published in Science.

BioBroadcast: Jan.16-23

Posted by Christina Hansen, President on January 21, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Thank you to everyone who came to our meeting last week! Guest speaker Brandi Taylor from Kaplan shared some great advice about test taking strategies and preparation. If you missed it, be sure to check out for details about the MCAT, GRE, and other test prep information. UCO is hosting a free MCAT and GRE practice test on February 15 and OU is hosting one on February 22, so be sure to register online at ASAP to save your spot!

We had a great turn-out at the Biology Department BBQ on Friday! Thank you to Dr. Gaudin for hosting and to everyone else who played a role in making this wonderful event a reality! We were excited to officially install the 2014 BBB officers and induct new associate and regular members into Tri-Beta, in addition to just hanging out with our science-y friends and colleagues. Congratulations to Dr. Engebretson from OCU's Chemistry department for winning 1st prize in the best patriotic costume contest! 

Upcoming Events: If anyone is interested in study abroad opportunities for science majors, swing by LO 208 at 12:15 this Thursday, Jan. 23rd. This will be an informal study abroad information session that is open to everyone, not just Tri-Beta members, so spread the word! 

Annual Biology Department Party!

Posted by Christina Hansen, President on January 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings everyone!

As many of you are aware, Tri-Beta has a fun tradition of hosting an annual holiday party at OCU Biology Department Chair Dr. Helen Gaudin's house before the winter vacation. However, due to scheduling conflicts this school year, we decided to host our holiday party after we returned from break. The party will be January 17th (the first Friday of spring semester) at 6:30pm, and is themed "red, white, & blue BBQ." You can even win a prize for wearing the most patriotic outfit! It is open to ALL biology students at OCU and their guests, so invite your classmates!