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Welcome from the Honors College Faculty

We welcome all our Honors College students; it is our good fortune to teach and learn from all of our students at the University of Oklahoma. We look forward to getting to know you individually and supporting you during your journey through college. We believe the most fruitful and illuminating conversations come when we invite and encourage multiple perspectives in our learning environments.  We value students of all colors, all genders, all ages, all abilities, and all positions of faith and unbelief.  We value our LGBTQ+ students and their allies.  We value the perspectives of those whose ancestors have long been here as First Peoples, as well as those who have arrived from many parts of the world.  We encourage all our students to maintain the respectful rapport that is a hallmark of the Honors College, and to use your creativity, passion, and intelligence to meet the challenges of our day.

Lacey Lewis Named Pickering Finalist


University of Oklahoma student Lacey Lewis has been named a 2023 finalist for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Named after Ambassador Pickering and funded by the U.S Department of State, the prize covers graduate tuition for students who plan on careers in U.S. foreign service.

 

A senior from San Antonio Texas, Lewis is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Pre Law with minors in International and Constitutional Studies. She currently serves as the Undergraduate Student Congress Chair and is the Civic Engagement Fellow for Oklahoma Votes, a non-profit student-led organization.

Lewis has interned for the United States Senate and worked in the Oklahoma House of Representative last session.

Great work, Lacey!

Taylor Broadbent named Rhodes Scholarship Finalist


University of Oklahoma student Taylor Broadbent was recently named a finalist from the 2023 Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes funds graduate work at the University of Oxford. Last year, Broadbent won the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship.

Broadbent is a Letters and Pre-Law double major hailing from Moore, Oklahoma. She is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Broadbent is a recipient of the Cortez A.M. Ewing Public Service Fellowship, the Civic Engagement Fellowship, and the Distinguished Scholars Award. Broadbent's research includes analyzing the ways tribes of the Southern Great Plains address climate change.

Broadbent serves as the Chair of External Affairs for OU's Student Government Association, Legislative Director for the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, Social Affairs Chair for the American Indian Student Association, and President of the Constitutional Studies Student Association. Broadbent participates in The Big Event, serves as the Affirmative Action Officer for the Cleveland County Democratic Party, and was the Organizer for the Norman City Council Debate in 2021.After graduating in Spring 2023, she plans to earn a law degree before embarking on a career in Federal Indian and Constitutional Law. She aspires to one day serve as a judge. 

The national scholarship competition is conducted by the Rhodes Trust, which was founded in 1902 to fund US citizens while pursuing degrees at Oxford University in Oxford, England.

From Moore, Oklahoma, Broadbent is the daughter of Jerry & Shahnna Broadbent. 

Congratulations, Taylor!

2022 Outstanding Seniors


On Friday, November 4, 2022 sixteen undergraduate students were recognized by the University of Oklahoma with the Outstanding Senior awards, which recognizes their acheivements in scholarship, leadership, and service. Among those awarded were Honors College students Rachel Penner, Megan Szymanski. Angelora Castellano, and Aaron Reid.

Congratulations to these OU students, and special congratulations to our group of Honors College students for earning this prestiougious award!

Outstanding senior posing with OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. and Honors College Associate Dean Marie Dallam

Senior Rachel Penner claimed the Outstanding Senior title for the Honors College. The Albuquerque native will be graduationg this December with a degree in Engineering Physics with a focus on Aerosoace Engineering. She has been an active member of the Honors College, participating in the Honors Mentorhip Program, FYRE, and the Informal Reading groups. She says her favorite Honors College memory is: "All the friends I made in the reading groups, particularly in The Thousand Doors of January group, and then being lucky enough to join my best friend in co-moderating my favorite book of all time, Lonesome Dove."

After graduation Ms. Penner plans to travel in Southeast Asia before starting a full-time position as an aerospace engineer at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

Outstandingg Senior Megan Szymanski poses with OU president Joseph Harroz Jr and Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences dean

Megan Szymanski was awarded Outstanding Senior for the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences.She is graduating this spring with a dual degree in Biochemical Determinants of Health & Medicine and Letters, and a Business minor. The Oklahoma City native plans to attend medical school after graduation.

Outstanding Senior Angelora Castellano accepts the award for Outstanding Senior

Angelora Castellano accepted the Outstanding Senior award in the David L. Boren College of International Studies. She hails from Atlanta, Georgia and will be graduating with a dual degree in International Studies and Classical Studies with a minor in Economics. After graduation she plans to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree in International Relations with an Economic Policy focus.

Outstanding senior Aaron Reid poses with his overall Outstanding senior award

Aaron Reid received the prestigious title of overall Outstanding Senior for 2022. A native of Claremore, Oklahoma, Reid will graduate with a dual degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering and Letters. After graduation he plans to attend law school.

Honors Alum to serve as FEMA's National Tribal Affairs Advocate

photo of Kelbie Kennedy

On October 12th, 2022 FEMA announced that Kelbie Kennedy has been appointed as the agency's National Tribal Affairs Advocate. This marks the first ever Tribal appointee in the agency's history. Kennedy's role will be to advise FEMA and its Administrator on tribal affairs, while working to ensure that the agency lives up to its treaty and responsibilities to the tribal nation. She is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Ms. Kennedy was a part of the Honors College throughout her time at OU. She completed her undergraduate and graduate education at the University of Oklahoma, earning a bachelor's degree in Communication and Native American Studies in 2012, and her J.D in American Indian Law in 2015.

Visit the Honors College

Honors students

 

With about a week or more of notice, we can plan a personalized campus visit for you and your family. You'll meet with an official from the Honors College, see different housing options, eat lunch with us in the cafeteria (during the school year), and learn more about our program and scholarships for honors students.

Schedule a Visit