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Rylan C. Fox

Rylan C. Fox
NAS Mellon Impact Fellow


BS, Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Oklahoma, In Progress

Personal Statement

As a Freshman at the University of Oklahoma in Norman currently attaining a Biochemistry and Chemistry Degree for a future Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science, my aspirations for my future are immense. However, one of the major factors that has continuously contributed to these goals is one simple thing, family. In the past, the major roles of my parents, my sister, and my tribe, have consistently been apparent within the person I have been raised to be. With this, my continued effort has always lied within creating a renowned positive effect for my brothers and sisters in impoverished reservations. To achieve this with the inclusion of my background within the physical sciences, I strive to make a continued Fellowship program for Native Students who aspire to continue a path within research-based science. While achievable, the effort must remain consistent which is also why my dedication and the importance of education are two qualities that I have focused on greatly. Therefore, with my future within the University of Oklahoma, I aspire to make continued accomplishments and breakthroughs that divert the path of Native and Indigenous students in hopes that this noticeable change may come sooner rather than later.

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Biochemical and Chemistry Research Studies Biochemistry and Chemistry Labwork Pharmaceutical Research and Development Clinical Studies and Trials Organic Chemistry Native American Education Under-funded Reservation Health Native American Research Cross-combination of Traditional Native Medication and Modern Pharmaceuticals

Honors and Recognition

NAS Mellon Impact Fellow, Department of Native American Studies, University of Oklahoma

SPARK Summer Program Certificate 

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Quest Bridge Finalist

Distinguished Scholar, University of Oklahoma

Merit scholarship, Dodge Family College of Arts & Sciences, University of Oklahoma

Creative Activity

Currently, I am undecided in my selected research however, I am applying to the Northwest NARCH Research Fellowship, (NASI) Undergraduate Research Internship, and the Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard University which all support minority or indigenous identityies within the STEM field. 

Administrative Work

Cancer Therapeutics Research Team

Oklahoma Blood Institute Assistant

Volunteer Assisting Tutor - Math, Chemistry, Psychology