By Sara Douglas
The University of Tulsa is chock-full of winners, both of awards and life—that means you, awesome person! Our student body accomplishes a lot academically, athletically, artistically, and otherwise, especially for being a small school.
Recently, achievements have been highlighted by the 17th Annual Research Colloquium, awarding of nationally competitive scholarships, and conferences to which student organizations have been invited.
The Research Colloquium was a weeklong event during which 205 TU students gave 20-minute oral presentations over their research projects, or created a poster for their work to be displayed in a poster session.
Photo courtesy Caitlin Pegg. Caitlin Pegg was an NSF winner.
Photo courtesy James Johnston. James Johnston won a Fulbright grant.
Photo courtesy Jo Bunselmeyer. Weston Kightlinger, NSF and Tau Beta Pi scholarship winner, holds a shark he found on the TU Treks spring break trek to Texas last year.
Photo courtesy Michael Nguyen. Goldwater winner and biology and chemical engineering major Devin Stranford (right) sits alongside fellow chemical engineering major Alex Chong.
A total of 24 special topic sessions, plus one for community service, were each comprised of typically six presentations and had three to four judges present to determine the best presenter in each session, along with the overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the Colloquium.
First place at the Colloquium was won by Samuel Marzouk, who presented his research, “Correlates of Drug Use Among Women During Treatment: A Prospective Study”, in the Psychology session. Second place was taken by Joanne Ishak, a Mechanical Engineering student whose research was entitled “Fatigue Life Improvement via Autofrettage: Overview and Numerical Simulation”.
Third place was a four-way tie between Sara Douglas, Melissa Miller, Yalin Yang, and Alec Wright, who presented in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, Anthropology, Contemporary Issues in Education Policy and Practice, and Rainforest Ecology, respectively.
Other students who were honored at the Research Colloquium’s Award Banquet included all of the Best in Session winners, those who scored highest in their particular session.
The following students were given this award: Kalli Hannam, Sarah Pook, Justin Rankin, Kaylen Wood, Mitchell Trafford, Kelly Lacey, McKenna Leclear, Kenan Tawaklna, Connor McGariety, Abdulah Mahayni, J. Christopher Proctor, Christopher Burnworth, Laura Bryant, Matthew Whittaker, Scott Gove, Babak Akbari, Maria Puhl, and Jill Sandberg. Also, the Community Service Symposium’s best presentation, M.A.D.E. at TU, was by Katy Riojas and Megan Shewey, while Thomas Gaus and Maria Castaneda were awarded Best Presentation and Honorable Mention, respectively, in the Poster Session.
We’ve also had more than a few students here at TU win highly competitive scholarships and grants recently; the amount of scholarships won this year is impressive considering the size of our student body.
We have two Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship winners on campus, both juniors, out of 283 science, math, and engineering Goldwater Scholars in the nation: Devin Stranford, a Chemical Engineering and Biology major, and Mitchell Trafford, a Mathematics and Chemical Engineering student.