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Maya Ferrell

Maya Ferrell Named Goldwater Scholar

by Prof. Brian Johnson

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Maya Ferrell, a junior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in biochemistry, has been named a 2022 Goldwater Scholar in a prestigious national competition that recognizes outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.

Ferrell is among 417 students nationwide to be selected this year out of more than 1,200 nominees representing 433 institutions.

Her selection brings OU’s total number of Goldwater Scholarship winners to 60 since the inception of the scholarship in 1986.

Named for former U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, the Goldwater Scholarships are awarded to college sophomores and juniors on the basis of potential and intent to pursue research careers in the fields of the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. The one- and two-year scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.

Ferrell, of Edmond, plans to eventually obtain an M.D. and a doctorate in biochemistry. She has conducted research on a polymer of branched polyethylenimine that restores antibiotic activity and on duodenal organoids. While at OU, her mentors have been Charles Rice, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at OU, and Cullen Taniguchi, associate professor at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Ferrell has served as co-president of the Scientific Undergraduate Research Association, and as a mentor for Miracle Mindset.  She is a member of the OU Honors College and holds a 3.86 grade-point average. She is a Withrow Leadership Scholar, a Presidents’ Community Scholar, and earned the President’s Award for Outstanding Sophomore.

Ferrell attended Edmond North High School and is the daughter of Sean and Kristy Ferrell.

Congratulations, Maya!