The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and Course Hero have named an Oklahoma State University professor as one of eight emerging leaders in their field who are on a trajectory to help students grow into thought leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

Jason Bruck, an animal behaviorist specializing in marine mammal communication and cognition, is a teaching assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology. As a Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching honoree, he is receiving a $20,000 grant supporting teaching, research and conference participation.

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Jason Bruck, an animal behaviorist in the Department of Integrative Biology, believes a quality marine science education should be available to students in Oklahoma. And though he works with dolphins, he isn't ready to declare them the smartest animals without caveats.


The Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Oklahoma State University initiated 31 new student members and alumnus Christopher Lehman during its seventh annual induction ceremony recently in the Student Union Ballroom. The honor society's Gamma of Oklahoma chapter was founded in 2013.

OSU chapter members vote on whether to offer membership to each student who fulfills the rigorous criteria for induction. That includes at least 90 hours of liberal arts courses with a minimum GPA of 3.7 while majoring in the liberal arts or sciences. Honorees must also have at least 15 hours in a foreign language and demonstrated proficiency in mathematics. A faculty committee also reviews potential inductees’ transcripts for both breadth and depth of study.

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Michael Larson’s interest in geography began when he was an engineering major enrolled in a general education summer class.

“World Regional Geography really opened up the world for me,” Larson said. “It was the first textbook I ever read cover to cover. It was fascinating, and it showed me a different direction that I could go. I had taken drafting courses for engineering. I found that drafting work also fit well with a geography degree. And that was pretty much it.”

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As an aspiring film director, Amairani Perez Chamu made a deliberate choice to enroll in the American studies program at Oklahoma State University — Tulsa.

“It is really about society, culture, politics; the backbone of America,” said Perez, an immigrant from Mexico who was recently named one of 15 Outstanding Seniors by the OSU Alumni Association. “I thought it would be a good degree option in learning about what makes America, America.”

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Kylie Hagerdon is a chemisty and physics pre-med student who was just accepted to University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center along with a large scholarship. In this interview with Lonna Freshley, Kylie talks about the challenges and rewards of being a pre-med student, the rigors of the medical school application process and her future plans.


Two College of Arts and Sciences students have been awarded the 2019 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, one of the most prestigious national honors recognizing outstanding undergraduates who seek research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.

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