Natural and Health Sciences

The OC Honors Program boasts large numbers of MD's, Ph.D.'s, lawyers, teachers, preachers, business executives, and a number of other prestigious positions. Here's a "Who's Who" of our distinguished alumni and recent graduates.


Distinguished Honors Fellows

Sara Alcon (2007) Biochemistry major; working on Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of New Mexico.

Bryce Baird (2015) Biology major; accepted to OU Health Sciences Center MD program as a junior and attended the Summer Medical/Dental Education Program at the University of Louisville.

Andrew Barker (2005) Biology major; currently working on residency at Scott White Hospital in Temple, Texas; graduated from University of Kansas Medical program.

Cody Bryant (2013) Biology major; attends University of California Irvine MD program, 2013-17.

Courtney Copeland Corman (2002) Biology major; conducting highly specialized research; Ph.D. from Washington University, St. Louis, MO.

Lincoln Dutcher (2015) accepted into OU Health Sciences MD program fall 2015.

Amelia Fitzsimmons (2009) Chemistry major; teaches at University of British Columbia Okanagan; Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

Cory Giles (2010) Biology major; Works at OK Medical Research Foundation and studies Bioinformatics, GPiBs at the University of Oklahoma Graduate School.

Corrie Hays (2015) Biology major; attends University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center MD program, 2015-19.

Adam Hoffhines (2002) Biochemistry major; Pathologist at Pathology Laboratory Associates in Tulsa, OK; selected 2015 Honors Alumni of the Year; Fellowship in Pathology at John Hopkins; residency in Pathology at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Hospital in Dallas; completed M.D./Ph.D. (Cell Bio) program at University of Oklahoma; published 6 scientific papers and won a $20,000 Pre-doctoral Scholarship in 2005 for superior research project design.  

Helen Homlund (2015) Biology major; finalist for Fulbright Scholarship 2015; presented at the national Ecological Society of America 100th Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland in August 2015 for her research and received the prestigious Billings Award for the Best Graduate Student Oral Presentation in physiological ecology; presented at the national Ecological Society of America conference in Sacramento summer 2014 for “Dehydration Tolerance of California Ferns in Relation to Stem Hydraulics and Mechanical Strength present” for a poster of her research; interned at Pepperdine University, Summer 2013 & 14 in Summer Undergraduate Research in Biology, SURB.

Travis Hughes (2007) Biochemistry major; Harvard Medical School, Division of Health Science and Technology joint degree program between Harvard and MIT and MPH in Epidemiology-International Health 2014-18; University of Michigan with full tuition, fall 2011.

Ryan Major (2014) Biology major; working on M.D. at Texas Tech School of Medicine; participated in the Summer Christian Pre-Healthcare Provider Internship summer 2013 where he worked at three different charitable clinics and attended the INMED medical missions conference and was accepted into the Peggy and Charles Stephenson Cancer Center 2012 Summer Research Scholarship Program.

Alyssa Casteel Nix (2013) Biology major; selected for the prestigious 2013 “Teach for America” program .

Sarah Philbin (2015) Nursing major; nurse on the Orthopedic Neurosurgery Floor at OU Medical Center.

Mark Street (2015) Biology major; attends OU Health Sciences MD program; won second place at the University Research competition in March 2015 for his ovarian cancer research and selected to go to Washington DC fall 2015; chosen as one of eight summer 2014 researchers at the Stephenson Cancer Center, OU Health Sciences Center and was a 2013 Nigh Academy Scholar.

Joseph Thurman (2007) Biology major; surgeon in Charlotte, NC; MD from Oklahoma University Health Science Center.

Lisa Warren (2010) Biochemistry major; MD in Pediatrics from OU Health Sciences Center