TU Alumnus awarded Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board fellowships
Thursday, April 29, 2010
University of Tulsa alumnus Micah Kordsmeier (BA ’07) has received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship and Mortar Board Fellowship for a combined $10,000 that will help fund his graduate school studies. Selection for the national honor societies’ awards was based on academic achievement, honors and awards, research experience and service on and off campus.
This fall, he will begin the Master of City & Regional Planning (MCRP) program at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill). His career goal is to work for an organization or firm that involves residents in planning processes that result in sustainable, socially interconnected communities. He’s particularly interested in mid-sized cities such as Tulsa and hopes to eventually return to this region to practice.
Kordsmeier studied political science and economics at TU and was a presidential scholar and a participant in the Honors Program. Since graduation, he has worked as a project coordinator of CareerAdvance and the Tulsa Initiative at the Community Action Project of Tulsa County.
While at TU, he served as president of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity, community service chair for Mortar Board honor society, president pro tempore of the Student Association Senate and a University Ambassador. He was TU Man of the Year, an Outstanding Senior and inducted into Phi Beta Kappa in 2006. He also did internships at the U.S. Department of State in 2005, and in 2006 at a New York City anti-homelessness organization called Common Ground.
Kordsmeier participated in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC) his sophomore year, studying Chicano (Mexican-American) social protest theater. His senior thesis was on reforms to municipal governance during the Progressive Movement.