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OU Student Named Goldwater Scholar

OU Student Named Goldwater Scholar

March 30, 2021

Aanahita Ervin, a junior at the University of Oklahoma majoring in chemical engineering, has been named a 2021 Goldwater Scholar in a prestigious national competition that recognizes outstanding achievements in science and mathematics.

Ervin is among 438 students nationwide to be selected this year out of more than 1,200 nominees representing 438 institutions.

Her selection brings OU’s total number of Goldwater Scholarship winners to 59 since the inception of the scholarship in 1986.

“We are incredibly proud of Aanahita Ervin for earning the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship,” said OU President Joseph Harroz Jr. “During her time at OU, Aanahita has taken full advantage of research opportunities at OU and beyond. We congratulate her on this impressive achievement, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for her.”

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.

Ervin, of Oklahoma City, plans to eventually obtain a doctorate in chemical engineering. She has conducted environmentally focused research to contribute to environmental policy change. While at OU, her mentors have been Sepideh Razavi, assistant professor of chemical, biological and materials engineering, and Elton Lima Correia, a graduate research assistant in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering.

Ervin has served as an EarthDNA Ambassador at MIT, as a Chevron Phillips Mentor, and as co-committee chair for the Halliburton Retreat and Women’s Welcome. She is a member of the OU Honors College and holds a 4.0 grade-point average. She is a recipient of the Rick Clawson Memorial Scholarship, the Douglas and Hilda Bourne Engineering Scholarship, and is an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program award winner.

Ervin attended Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City and is the daughter of Shegufa Adi Haubrich.

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