Allen, an Honors student who majors in economics, environmental sustainability and Chinese, will spend this summer in Xi’An, China, through the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Languages Scholarship. Afterward, he will study for the 2015-2016 academic year at Peking University, Beijing, China, through the Boren Award. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from OU in 2017, he plans to begin a career working on multilateral environmental policy with the Environmental Protection Agency, where he interned last summer as a Cortez A.M. Ewing Fellow.
Allen is currently an interdisciplinary analyst for the OU Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and is president of the Honors Student Association. He has held active roles in the OU Student Government Association, where he has served in Student Congress and as Sooner Freshman Council Co-Chair. Named Outstanding Junior in the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, he was a Capitol Scholar in 2014, a U.S. Senate Youth Program Delegate in 2012 and was recently named “Big Man on Campus.”