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Sidney May

2021-2022 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Impact Fellow

Copeland Hall


BA, Political Science, In progress
BA, Economics, In progress

Personal Statement


My name is Sidney May, I am a junior studying Economics and Political Science on a Pre-Law track with minors in Native American Studies and Spanish. Here at OU, I serve as the Student Congress Vice-chair, the Director of Public Relations for Pre-Law Society, and the Coalition Outreach Chair for Oklahoma Votes, as well as participate in many other student organizations. 

I am a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation as well as an Oklahoma-born resident, so I have always been deeply curious and reverent of tribal culture and customs, especially those of my tribe, which is why I ultimately chose to pursue a minor in Native American Studies. Given my interest in politics, I have dedicated time to specifically learning about tribal politics and how our tribes interact with the Oklahoma Legislature. It is very important to me that our state recognizes the incredible work that tribes contribute towards bettering Oklahoma in many sectors, which is why I am beyond excited to receive the Andrew W. Mellon Impact Fellowship, as it is a perfect opportunity to continue my advocacy. It is a privilege to have the opportunity for personal development while working with something that I care about deeply. 

Honors and Recognition

National Award Scholar
Seal of Global Biliteracy Recipient 
National Education for Women in Leadership Program
Oklahoma Summer Leadership Program

Areas of Interest and Expertise

Tribal/state relations
Tribal governance and elections
Effects of partisanship on government
Role of women in legislatures

Current Projects

Upon return to campus, I am working with various tribes in Oklahoma in conjunction with the organization Oklahoma Votes to initiate a tribal voting registration drive for Indigenous students on campus; the goal is to provide them with information on their tribe's registration process as well as information they may need in order to vote and practice political engagement.