Students win Goldwater, EU scholarships

Friday, March 21, 2014

Students recognized for academic achievements

The University of Tulsa is pleased to announce that students Devin Stranford and Mitchell Trafford have been selected to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, and J. Christopher Proctor will be awarded the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

The Goldwater Scholarship supports exceptional students who intend to pursue research careers in science, mathematics and engineering. Stranford, competing in her home state of New Mexico, is a junior at TU majoring in chemical engineering and biology. Trafford, representing the state of Missouri, is a junior studying chemical engineering and mathematics. Stranford and Trafford were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of more than 1,000 students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. A total of 59 TU students have won the Goldwater Scholarship since 1989.

Proctor is a senior majoring in economics, political science and history. As one of only eight Erasmus Mundus Scholarship recipients for 2014, he will use the award to pursue the two-year master’s program Economic Policies in the Age of Globalization. Proctor will spend the first year studying at Kingston University in London before attending the University of Paris 13. His final semester will involve interning in a research lab.

The Erasmus Mundus program enhances the quality of European higher education while promoting the European Union as a worldwide center of excellence. It supports intercultural understanding through cooperation with countries that are not members of the EU and encourages the development of higher education in these countries.

Funding for all scholarships will begin in the fall of the 2014-15 academic year.

Proctor, Stranford and Trafford are members of the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC), an innovative program that enables undergraduates to conduct research under the guidance of TU faculty.

Nona Charleston