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Steven Oppenheimer brings 35 years of commitment to student research and mentoring. He has developed an open door model for his laboratory to encourage students of all economic strata and ethnic groups to participate in research. Dr. Oppenheimer believes that laboratory research experiences should be available to all interested students. He has been known to take as many as 40 students per semester in his lab. His dedication to mentoring undergraduates has resulted in 100 undergraduate students having two-year experiences in his laboratory. Of these, 66 were female students and 33 were minorities. His expectation is that any interested student can succeed in scientific research and can go far into the professional career ranks of science, including the Ph.D. and M.D.