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TU adds 9 to nationally competitive scholars list

At least seven University of Tulsa students and two recent alumni have received nationally competitive scholarships this spring.

Morgan Richardson, a senior majoring in Russian studies and political science, has received a Fulbright award to teach English in Russia. After she returns to the U.S., Richardson will begin working on a master’s degree in Russian studies at Indiana University where she was awarded a Director’s Fellowship.

This is the third year in a row that Kendall College of Arts & Sciences students have received Fulbrights.

The National Science Foundation announced that John Eason (BS ’13) and Thomas Linscott (BS ’14), TU graduate student Edward Lannon, and seniors Caleb Lareau and Mitchell Trafford will receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships in the amount of $138,000 each to pursue advanced degrees in science, technology, mathematics and engineering next fall. These individuals were selected from about 16,500 NSF applications.

Linscott earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from TU and is studying evolutionary biology at the University of Idaho. Eason is an alumnus of TU’s Russell School of Chemical Engineering and is pursuing a graduate degree in chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

After earning undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and mathematics from TU this spring, Lareau plans to attend Harvard University and pursue a doctorate in biostatistics. Trafford will graduate in May with bachelor’s degrees in chemical engineering and mathematics and will pursue a doctorate in chemical engineering or materials science this fall. Lannon is studying clinical psychology at TU after earning his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University.

TU also is home to three new Goldwater Scholars: juniors Austin Evans, Katy Riojas and Marissa Schmauch.

The Goldwater Scholarship supports exceptional students who intend to pursue research careers in science, mathematics and engineering. Evans is majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering, Riojas is studying mechanical engineering, and Schmauch is a chemistry and biochemistry major.

The trio was selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of more than 1,200 students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Funding for Goldwater scholarships, which are valued at up to $7,500 a year, begins this fall.

TU has more nationally competitive scholars than all other Oklahoma universities combined.