TU Sophomore from Bristow Wins Udall Scholarship

Friday, May 09, 2003

Alison Galatian, a sophomore at The University of Tulsa who wants to earn a doctorate and study the use of microbacterial organisms to clean up pollutants in groundwater, has won a 2003 Moris K. Udall Scholarship.

Galatian, a geosciences major from Bristow, is the only Oklahoma student to receive a Udall scholarship this year. Only 80 scholarships were awarded nationally.

The scholarships are worth up to $5,000 for use by students in their junior and senior years in fields related to the environment and by Native American and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care or tribal policy.

Galatian conducted research this past year on groundwater contamination in Seminole County, where she collected samples from streams, testing the water for the presence of brine, a by-product of oil production. She entered her results into a computer mapping program that can pinpoint the oil wells causing the contamination. The research was conducted through a grant from the federal Department of Energy and the Bureau of Land Management.

She also has worked with the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation’s immunology department. The foundation named her a Sir Alexander Fleming Scholar in 2001.

At TU, where she received the 2002 Top Ten Outstanding Freshman Award, Galatian plays trombone in the Marching Band and in the Symphonic Winds Concert Band. She is treasurer for the Lantern honor society and a member of the Geosciences Club and of Tri-Beta, the biology honor society.

She is a 2001 graduate of Bristow High School and the Oklahoma Science and Math Regional Center in Drumright. She is the daughter of Richard and Elaine Galatian of Bristow.