Sidhvi Reddy of Birmingham, Alabama, a University of Oklahoma dual-degree student in community health and microbiology, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Carl Albert Award, presented each year to the outstanding senior in the OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences.
In addition to graduating in May with two bachelor’s degrees, Reddy will also earn minors in chemistry and medical humanities. Reddy, who was born deaf and is the daughter of Indian immigrants, will be attending medical school in the fall and plans to serve the state as a doctor. Her goal is to practice medicine in an underserved area and work predominately with refugees and migrants. Ultimately, she would like to specialize in infectious diseases and work to not only diagnose and treat patients, but also to promote and implement strong public health measures in her community leading to a healthier future for our nation.
“I am incredibly grateful to be selected for this year’s Carl Albert Award,” said Reddy. “The principles of character and academic achievement this award stands for are standards that I have always striven to achieve, and I could not be more grateful to have been chosen as the recipient.”
“This award is a testament to not only my work, but also to that of my parents, professors and friends,” she added. “My parents have always been advocates for me in my education, not only as a deaf person, but also as an Indian American, teaching me to advocate for myself both within and outside of the classroom. My friends have been a constant source of support for me here, both emotionally and academically, and my professors have taught me immensely about the world and how my future plans can positively impact our nation's health care system.”
As a freshman, she was selected to participate in OU’s First Year Research Experience, where she was paired with professor Helen Zgurskaya’s lab in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since 2019, she has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the lab. In addition, she has been a coding intern for the Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis in the Center for Risk and Crisis Management.
While at OU, Reddy has received numerous scholarships, honors and awards, including the Don and Shirley Crew Leadership Scholarship, the Harrison L. Chance Scholarship, the George L. and Cleo S. Cross Endowed Scholarship and the Kenneth and Joye Harwell Endowed Scholarship. She won the 2021 University of Oklahoma Campus Life Award for her contributions to the campus community. She is also a member of OU’s PE-ET Honor Society and she was selected for the Letzeiser Honor List.
A student leader, Reddy is a Medical Humanities Scholar and is active in the Withrow Leadership Scholars, the OU Food Pantry and the Asian American Student Association. Additionally, she has planned events for the OU Honors College Mentorship Program and Sooners Helping Sooners. She is also a volunteer at Integris Southwest Medical Center and has also served as a resident advisor in OU’s residence halls.
The Carl Albert Award, the most prestigious honor given to a student by the OU Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, is based on academic performance, moral force of character and promise of future service to the state and nation. First presented in 1966, the award was established to honor Carl Albert, the late OU alumnus and U.S. Speaker of the House, for his distinguished undergraduate career and national service. Julian Rothbaum, former state regent and longtime friend of Albert, endowed the award in 1965.