Biochemistry student awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship to pursue her MD

Monday, April 27, 2009

University of Tulsa senior Julie Kelkar has received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship that will help fund her medical school studies. Selection for the national honor society's $5,000 award was based on academic achievement, honors and awards, research experience and service on and off campus.

Kelkar, a biochemistry major and Spanish minor, will graduate from TU in May and will attend Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha where she plans to specialize in endocrinology.

A 2005 graduate of Jenks High School in Tulsa, she participated in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) and conducted research with Ken Roberts, professor of chemistry and biochemistry. She also attended the American Chemical Society’s annual research convention this spring in Salt Lake City.

Kelkar founded the International Service Learning program at TU and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain for her spring 2007 semester. She has been an active member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, TU Greek life and University Ambassadors.

She has earned many awards while at TU, including the Jess Choteau Top Ten Senior award, Mortar Board Woman of the Year and induction into Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

With her Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, Kelkar joins a growing list of TU students who have earned nationally competitive scholarships. Since 1995, TU students have received 44 Goldwater, 8 Truman, 4 Marshall, and 6 Udall scholarships; and 28 National Science Foundation, 7 Department of Defense, 7 Fulbright and 8 Phi Kappa Phi fellowships.

Amethyst Cavallaro