Brigid DeCoursey

Brigid DeCoursey

Brigid DeCoursey

B.S. 2006, Biochemistry, Environmental Policy

“The Honors Program guided me through the nuances of classic books in philosophy, history, science, and literature. The best part was learning from other students in other disciplines, which I could never have done on my own.”

Brigid DeCoursey was named a Truman Scholar, Udall Scholar, and a British Marshall finalist. Her list of awards also includes being elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board and a long list of other recognitions.

While at TU, DeCoursey undertook a number of research projects, mentored by both Dr. Gordon Purser and Dr. Ken Roberts.

Perhaps her most memorable project involved the study of whether the substance estrogen, found in some chicken litter, would affect Tulsa's water supply when that litter is used as fertilizer. While the study was not conclusive, it demonstrated that good research requires not only asking the right questions, it sometimes requires researchers to labor when their arms are buried to the elbows in chicken manure.

After graduation, DeCoursey worked for three years as an environmental policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. Now, she is attending Stanford Law School focusing on environmental law.