TU undergraduates win prestigious national scholarships

Friday, April 17, 2009

Energy, technology and undergraduate research a central theme among recipients

The University of Tulsa is proud to announce seven undergraduate students have won nationally competitive scholarships this spring, earning more than $100,000 in educational funding: 

TU's students have won more nationally competitive scholarships in the past decade than all other Oklahoma colleges and universities combined. Since 1995, TU students have received 44 Goldwater, 8 Truman, 4 Marshall, and 6 Udall scholarships; and 29 National Science Foundation, 7 Department of Defense, 7 Fulbright and 8 Phi Kappa Phi fellowships.

This year’s scholarship winners have drawn attention to undergraduate research, sustainable energy and study abroad programs at TU.

Six of the seven scholars participated in the university’s nationally renowned Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC). This groundbreaking program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to perform original research while working directly with faculty mentors. 

Three of the scholars participated in the TU-based student group Sustainable Energy for North Eastern Asia (SENEA). Since 2006, the group has conducted summer research and service projects on the northern border of China. SENEA students design and implement energy and building solutions that improve the community. Projects include wind turbines, biogas digesters, solar ovens, compressed earth block brick press and aquaponics systems.

Five students participated in study abroad programs, including the award-winning NanoJapan program, an undergraduate program coadministered by The University of Tulsa and Rice University that combines research in nanotechnology with study abroad in Japan. TU has more than six times the national average of science and engineering students who study abroad.

For more information about nationally competitive scholarships at TU, visit www.utulsa.edu/nationally-competitive-scholarships.

Amethyst Cavallaro