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Four OU Philosophy Students Receive Departmental Honors 

NORMAN, OKLA. — Four University of Oklahoma philosophy undergraduates were recognized with honors in the spring 2021 semester. 

Natalie Elliot was recognized with a Clayton Feaver Scholarship, awarded to the outstanding senior in the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Philosophy.

Emory Otto and Ian Turpin each received a 2021 Wade Scholarship, given to the outstanding juniors in the department. 

Elizabeth Edling was selected to serve as the Banner Carrier at the 2021 College of Arts and Sciences Spring Convocation, recognizing her contributions to the department.

Elliot is from Norman, Oklahoma, and a 2006 graduate of Norman North High School. Her parents are Douglas and Amanda “Amy” Elliot. She is a single parent of two children, Ian, 10, and Aiden, 8, Satterlee, and she is a member of the Comanche Nation. She transferred to OU after receiving an associate of arts degree in liberal studies from Rose State College in 2014. Alongside with her philosophy major, she minors in history with a particular interest in classical cultures, such as ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. Her primary interests in philosophy are metaphysics and history of philosophy. After graduation she will attend the master’s program for library and information studies at OU, and beyond that she plans to pursue a doctorate in philosophy.

The Feaver Scholarship was established in 1988 by Audrey Maehl of Santa Fe, New Mexico, to honor longtime OU philosophy professor J. Clayton Feaver, one of the department’s most popular teachers as well as well-known speaker around the state. He held the department’s Kingfisher College Chair in the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics from 1951 until his retirement in 1981. 

Maehl received her master of arts degree in philosophy from OU in 1955 and was the first Kingfisher Fellow. The scholarship is supported by Feaver’s children, Katheryn Elaine Witten of Norman and John E. Lynn and M. Ellen Feaver Lynn of Arlington, Virginia.

Wade Award recipient Turpin is from Chickasha, Oklahoma, and a 2018 graduate of Chickasha High School. His primary interests are in ethics, theology and epistemology. He is also an infantryman in the Oklahoma National Guard. After graduating OU, he plans to study English literature at the graduate level. 

Otto, also a recipient of the Wade Award, comes from McKinney, Texas. She is double majoring in philosophy and acting. She enjoys traveling, camping and social activism. Her biggest goal is to one day open her own nonprofit, and to work to abolish the prison-industrial complex.

The Wade Scholarship was established in 2001 by Larry R. and Mary Jane Wade of Elk City, Oklahoma, in honor of their daughter, Mary Elizabeth Wade Perkinson, who was the recipient of the 2000 Feaver Scholarship and received her philosophy degree from OU in 2001. The Wade Scholarship, offered to the department’s outstanding junior, helps support students’ studies during their senior year. 

Edling, the Banner Carrier for 2021, is originally from Plano, Texas. She graduated from Plano Senior High School in 2017 before moving to Norman and majoring in philosophy with a minor in human relations. Academically, she is especially interested in metaphysics and ethics, as well as psychology. Outside of academics, she has been involved in various band ensembles on campus, including the Pride of Oklahoma and the Sound of the Sooners. She is an executive officer for the Delta chapter of the national honorary band fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi. Additionally, she is president of the OU Equestrian Team and has been heavily involved in horseback riding for most of her life. After graduating, she plans to get a master’s degree in mental health counseling, and ultimately become a Licensed Professional Counselor. She also plans to become a certified Animal Assisted Therapist during her career. Her ultimate life goal is to pet as many cats as humanly possible.

The Department of Philosophy’s banner carrier is the student chosen to lead the department’s graduates in the procession at the College of Arts and Sciences convocation.  This honor recognizes the student’s contributions to the life of the department, in classes, lectures and social events.

For more information on the awards, contact Neal Judisch in the Department of Philosophy at (405) 325-6324 or neal.judisch@ou.edu.

Every so often, philosophy departments from around the country send out requests for philosophy papers authored by students. Download information about these opportunities below.

If you are interested in presenting a paper at a conference, the Philosophy Department has up to $500 of funds available to help support your travel. For more information, come talk to us Dale Hall Tower floor 6, or email Dr. Burkhart at brian.burkhart-1@ou.edu.

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