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Dean Doug Gaffin

Doug Gaffin, Dean of Honors

Dean's Welcome   

Please enjoy this latest edition of the Honors College Newsletter, where you can learn about some of the programs in my “word salad” and meet some of the amazing people whose lives have intersected with the OU Honors College.

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Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes

Featured Alumna:

Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes

Recently named one of Forbes' 30 under 30 for 2020, Ashley Zumwalt-Forbes is president and co-founder of Black Mountain Metals.

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John Kenney

Chairman of the Board and Renaissance Man:
John A. Kenney

John Kenney serves as Chair of the Honors College Board of Visitors, but it's only one of his many roles: litigator, inventor, songwriter, and more...

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Elise Hodges and Gautham

From Bugs, Thugs and Science to the Oklahoma Academy

Elise Hodges and Gautham met in Dr. Heather Ketchum's Honors Perspectives course. Their research has won them awards at Undergraduate Research Day and at the Oklahoma Academy of Science!

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Medical Humanities Scholars

Medical Humanities Class of 2023

This fall, the OU Medical Humanities Scholars Program enrolled six new incoming first-year Honors students to pursue a liberal arts education as they prepare for careers in medicine.

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Leann Ho

Student Spotlight - Leann Ho

Over the summer, Honors senior Leann Ho worked in the office of US Senator Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C. as a part of a Victory Congressional Internship. Leanne is now OU's 30th Rhodes Scholar.

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Dean Gaffin and Lauren Hale

Alumni Updates

Graduate degrees, Boeing, ExxonMobil, Department of Defense, and many more - recent Honors alumni write in to tell us about their post-graduation work and life experiences.

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UROP student

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers financial assistance for scholarly and creative projects under the mentorship of a faculty member. Dozens of research projects are funded each year in support of ambitious and exciting research endeavors.

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MHSP students

No Second-Year Slump for MH Scholars

“Sophomore- or Second-Year Slump” has been recognized since 1956, when psychologist Mervin Freedman wrote about it in the Journal of Social Issues. The Medical Humanities Scholars who entered the Honors College in Fall 2018 seem unfamiliar with this sophomore “syndrome,” however.

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Garret Eakers at URD 2019

Undergraduate Research Day 2020

This year’s Undergraduate Research Day (URD) will take place Saturday, April 4 in Wagner Hall. This may sound like long way off, but talk titles and abstracts are due Monday, February 24, 2020.

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Lisa Tucker

Lisa Tucker
Director of External
and Alumni Relations
(405) 325-9088

Honors Seniors and Alumni!

Stay connected with a growing community of intellectuals, scholars and leaders.

Honors College alumni represent an impressive aggregate of studies and professions with engineers, physicians, entrepreneurs, lawyers, educators, scientists, and others providing students and friends with valuable networking opportunities vital to professional development. In the spirit of loyalty and camaraderie, we invite you to be an important and valued member of this gifted multidisciplinary community. Sign up today! 

For more information, please contact the Honors College Office of External Relations.

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