Skip Navigation

Four OU Students Receive Boren Awards for International Study

OU Public Affairs WebsiteOU homepagePublic Affairs homepage
Skip Side Navigation

Four OU Students Receive Boren Awards for International Study



CONTACT:  OU Public Affairs, 325-1701

NORMAN – Four University of Oklahoma students – Siera Collins of Belton, S.C.; Matthew Davis of Harrah; Lindsay Hefton of Sherman, Texas; and Marjorie Tanner of Tulsa – have won the Boren Award for International Study, sponsored by the National Security Education Program.

Boren Scholarships, named for David L. Boren, OU’s 13th president and a former Oklahoma governor and U.S. senator, focus on geographic areas, languages and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. The awards provide up to $20,000 in funding to undergraduate students to study abroad.

Collins is pursuing dual degrees in international relations and Arabic languages and literature and is a member of the Arabic Flagship Program.  She plans to spend the next academic year at the University of Alexandria, Egypt, and study Arabic. Her career goal is to work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. Active in the International Affairs Society, Collins currently serves as executive chair, helped to found the Outreach Committee for the organization, and directs their mentorship program. In 2009, Collins was a congressional intern in the office of U.S. Congressman Tom Cole for the 4th District of Oklahoma. She also is one of 13 students selected for the College of International Studies’ International Leadership Program, a member of the Levantine Arabic dialect group, and a contributing author to Al-Oklahomi, a journal that showcases the work of students studying Arabic.

Davis is pursuing majors in international politics and environmental studies with a minor in Africa area studies. He plans to study Swahili for the fall 2013 semester at the State University of Zanzibar, Tanzania, and then at the School for International Training in Tanzania for the spring 2014 semester. There, in addition to studying Swahili, Davis will take courses in resource management and environmental studies. Before going to Africa, he will spend 10 weeks this summer at the University of Florida for an intensive language course. Upon graduation, Davis plans to enlist in the U.S. Army. A member of the OU Men’s Soccer Club, Davis also is active in the Sierra Club and, a national environmental organization.

An international relations major with an Arabic languages and literature minor, Hefton will study at the Jordan Institute of Diplomacy in Amman, Jordan, for the fall 2013 semester. Following graduation, she may pursue a master’s degree in Middle Eastern studies and Arabic, and then a career in the CIA or Foreign Service. A Sooner Heritage Scholarship recipient, Heftonalso  has won the Board of Visitors Scholarship for Study Abroad, a Presidential International Travel Fellowship and a Global Access Initiative Scholarship for study abroad. She has assisted with several Arab Student Association events and with Sooner Saturday on behalf of the College of International Studies.

Tanner is pursuing a double major in Chinese languages and literature and international relations. She will spend the 2013-2014 academic year at Beijing Normal University to study Mandarin, and then plans to attend law school with a concentration in international law. Her career plans include working with USAID to promote fair trade laws in China, and with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs. While in high school, Tanner studied for two semesters in Beijing, and in 2006 began working for the National Security Language Initiative program STARTALK.  Recently, she began teaching in after-school Chinese program for elementary school students, sponsored by the OU Confucius Institute.

Recent News

OU Norman Campus to Close For Maintenance March 19-20

NORMAN - Due to a request by OG&E to perform significant electrical maintenance work, the Norman campus of the University of Oklahoma will close on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Read more

OU to Host Fifth Annual Conference for First-Generation and Minority Students

NORMAN – The Office of University Community at the University of Oklahoma will host its fifth annual George McLaurin and Sylvia A. Lewis Leadership Conference, a program aimed at connecting OU with talented first-generation and minority students. Read more

OU Board of Regents Elects Bennett, Rainbolt-Forbes as Officers

NORMAN — Clayton I. Bennett of Oklahoma City has been re-elected as chairman of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents and Leslie Rainbolt-Forbes, M.D., has been re-elected as vice chairman of the board. Read more

James Pappas Admin Building Dedicated

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma today dedicated the James P. Pappas University Outreach Administration Building located at 1700 Asp Ave.  Read more

Dean Rick Luce Announces Plans to Retire

NORMAN – Following a long and distinguished career in libraries, Rick Luce, University of Oklahoma Libraries’ dean, professor and Peggy V. Helmerich chair, and associate vice president for research, is announcing his retirement, effective July 1, 2018. Read more

Drama School Alumna Earns Recognition

NORMAN — Paige Hathaway, 2011 graduate of the bachelor of fine arts scenic design program in the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama, earned the 2018 Rising Star Award, presentedby the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. The Rising Star Award, established by LDI and Live Design Magazine, recognizes excellence and artistic achievement in the areas of scenic, lighting, sound and projection design, or the convergence of these design disciplines. Read More

OU Residential Colleges Recognized As Outstanding Development Project

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma’s Residential Colleges recently won the “Large Scale Development” category in the Urban Land Institute Oklahoma’s fourth annual Impact Awards held at the Tower Theater in Oklahoma City.   Read More

OU Professor Elected as Fellow of Ecological Society of America

NORMAN —A University of Oklahoma professor, Jizhong Zhou, has been elected as a 2018 Fellow of the Ecological Society of America for outstanding accomplishments in environmental genomics and microbial ecology. Zhou and other ESA fellows will be recognized during the society’s annual meeting in New Orleans, Aug. 5-10. Read More

News Archives

2017  | 2016  | 2015  | 2014  |  2013  

For requests for past releases, please contact OU Public Affairs at (405) 325-1701 or