TU undergraduates awarded prestigious national scholarships

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

This year’s scholarship winners have drawn attention to undergraduate research and service learning opportunities at TU

The University of Tulsa announces five undergraduate students have won nationally competitive scholarships this spring, earning more than $250,000 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 46 Goldwater, 9 Truman, 4 Marshall, and 6 Udall scholarships; and 31 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 programs and service learning opportunities at TU.

Both Hoffmann and Winkler 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. The scholars also have presented their original research at professional meetings, interned at prestigious national laboratories and published their work in academic journals.

Service to their community was another important element for all five scholars:

  • Rachel Hoffmann mentors elementary students through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma.
  • Kyle Klavetter has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Sally Meyers spent a year working for AmeriCorps and the Salvation Army.
  • Erin Stranford reaches out to high schools through the Physics Journal Club.
  • Zach Winkler volunteers at a free health clinic for families.

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

David Hamby