Natural products inspired drug discovery
Presenters at the 2016 Oklahoma Council of Teachers of Mathematics/Oklahoma Science Teachers Association Conference in Tulsa Oklahoma
2nd year graduate student, Arianne Hunter, was invited to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to give a keynote presentation at the 2016 Ladies STEMulated to Learn Conference. The interactive presentation was strategically held during Women's History month and geared toward increasing minority women participation in the STEM fields
Provided a one-day course titled “Natural Products Inspired Drug Discovery” to older adults (50+) at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Oklahoma.
In partnership with Sharma Lab graduate student, Arianne C. Hunter, in her initiative titled “We Do Science Too!” whose mission is to enhance the participation of minority girls in the STEM fields, the Sharma Lab allows high school students involved in this program to shadow researchers and gain experience in chemistry that will further their educational growth.
Interactive presentation session focused on "Natural Products Inspired Drug Discovery" with Norman High School Teachers and talented students at the GET-FIT (Gaining Excellence in Teaching through Focused Instructional Tools) Conference.
Participated in summer STEM outreach program for high school students held at the University of Oklahoma which allowed three high school students who participated in the program to shadow researchers in the Sharma Lab.
The Sharma Lab believes it is important to have a direct integration of our research into our broader impact activities. Through this we have created a catalytic cycle that will spark change and increase STEM participation in underprivileged communities. Our catalytic cycle is composed of “4 E’s” and is as follows: E1-Equipping working and retired adults with STEM education as family outreach; E2-Engaging STEM Interest in Middle and High School Students in Oklahoma to promote hands-on research experiences; E3- Exposing undergraduate and graduate students into cutting edge research in the laboratory as well as in the classroom with the goal of preparing next-generation skilled chemists; E4- Encouraging students to apply for fellowships, grants, and for a career in science. Allowing others to see them as a role models which inspires others in similar communities and family members to participate in STEM.
In partnership with Osher Life Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Oklahoma The Sharma Lab hosted a 4 week course to 50+ adults titled "From Kitchen to Pharmacy: Chemistry in Everyday Life". The lecture topics centralized around the process of drug discovery and the what it actually takes togged a drug introduced to the public.
The Synergistic Catalytic Cycle for Educational Excellence Program
The Sharma Lab had the opportunity to host a chemistry academy entitled "Chemistry in Everyday Life". For the week of July 11th-July15th students in 8th and 9th grade spent 8 hours at Stephenson Life Sciences Research Center learning the basics of chemistry that will give them a jump start in STEM courses in high school. The students also conducted experiments in the Sharma Lab alongside graduate students that sparked their interest for chemistry. Check out the slide show from the week below!