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Dana Mohammad-Zadeh to Receive OU's Carl Albert Award



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NORMAN – Dana Mohammad-Zadeh, a University of Oklahoma student majoring in economics and international studies, is the recipient of the 2012 Carl Albert Award, presented each year to the outstanding senior in the OU College of Arts and Sciences.

Mohammad-Zadeh will be presented with the Carl Albert Award at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave.
Mohammad-Zadeh plans to enrich her knowledge of global political and economic challenges by working in Turkey before pursuing a master’s degree in international development and a juris doctor. She will graduate with a 3.94 grade-point average during OU’s Commencement ceremonies on May 11.

A National Merit Scholar, Mohammad-Zadeh has received numerous scholarships, honors and awards during her college career, including the Fern Holland Award and Rita H. Lottinville Scholarship, and being named to PE-ET, OU’s Top 10 Seniors Honor Society. She was a finalist for both the Rhodes and Truman Scholarships, and is a graduate of the National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute.

During her years at OU, Mohammad-Zadeh has been a Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College student and a member of the Crimson Club and Big Event operations staff. She also served as an intern and team leader on several projects at OU’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth.

With the goal of becoming a relevant member of her community and engaging others in her vision for proactive local impact,

Mohammad-Zadeh is the founder of The Oklahoma Group, a student organization that provides pro bono consulting services for nonprofits. In the essay she submitted in her application for the Carl Albert award, she says, “The experience of founding and leading a successful and thriving student organization has empowered me to pursue my future personal and professional goals.”

Mohammad-Zadeh plans to pursue her dreams both at home and abroad. “Growing up with a bicultural perspective, I learned how to see and think through different sides of controversial international issues,” she says, “especially issues in the Middle East.”

Mohammad-Zadeh says that her time in Oklahoma and at OU have been formative in shaping her vision for her future. “My contributions to addressing local issues in Oklahoma have galvanized my interest and passion for understanding global political and economic development issues,” she says. “I know that I genuinely enjoy working with people, delving deep into problems I am interested in and finding ways to translate my ideas into action. Attending the University of Oklahoma has shown me that I am capable of finding and creating meaningful experiences and interactions wherever I go. As I prepare for a career in economics and international relations, I will continue to do this after graduating, where my enthusiasm for people and learning drives me to seek sustainable solutions to local and global issues.”

The Carl Albert Award, the most prestigious given to a student by the OU College of Arts and Sciences, is based on academics, moral force of character, and promise of future service to the state and nation. First presented in 1966, the award was established to honor Carl Albert, OU alumnus and former U.S. Speaker of the House, for his distinguished undergraduate career and national service. Julian Rothbaum, former state regent and longtime friend of Albert, endowed the award in 1965.