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Students in the Fabrication Lab

Taking an Innovative Approach

When looking for people who have impacted Oklahoma during the COVID-19 pandemic, look no further than students who work in the Fabrication Lab at the OU Tom Love Innovation Hub. In March, Brandt Smith, director of the Fabrication Lab, and other OU employees joined a call with OU... Continue reading "Taking an Innovative Approach"

The Little Event

The Little Event Makes a Big Impact

Each spring, more than 6,000 University of Oklahoma students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather to volunteer through The Big Event. After the day of community service was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event’s committee pivoted to organize a smaller, socially... Continue reading "The Little Event Makes a Big Impact"

Doug Gaffin and students from his research lab

Why Students Are Researching Scorpions

Much like bees and ants find their way home after traveling long distances, scorpions possess a homing ability. Dr. Doug Gaffin is intrigued by one question: How do these animals find their way home? Gaffin first interacted with scorpions in about 1986, studying the animal while in... Continue reading "Why Students Are Researching Scorpions"

Miguel Chavez

Blazing a Trail

Students at the University of Oklahoma are empowered to pursue their passions, make a lasting difference, and create a legacy larger than themselves. Whether you engage in groundbreaking research, impactful internships, community service, global engagement, or any number of OU's other student life... Continue reading "Blazing a Trail"

Meredith Rasnic

Set Up for Success

At internships both locally and in the nation’s capital, Meredith Rasnic applied skills learned at the University of Oklahoma and also gained new ones that set her up for professional success. A May 2020 public relations graduate, Rasnic is from Norman, Oklahoma. The summer before her senior year... Continue reading "Set up for Success"

Jairo Montelongo

Paving Paths to Success

Alexander Anderson, Paola Figueroa, and Jairo Montelongo are all thriving at OU both in and out of the classroom, securing prestigious internships, making an impact through student organizations, and more. Keep reading to learn about these first-generation students' stories. Continue reading "Paving Paths to Success"

Caitlin Melgar

Miss Fiestas de las Americas

For the next year, OU senior Caitlin Melgar will represent Calle Dos Cinco, part of Oklahoma City’s historic Capitol Hill area, as the 2020-21 Miss Fiestas de las Americas. The Fiestas de las Americas Scholarship Pageant, which aired virtually on Oct. 3, featured contestants from... Continue reading "Miss Fiestas de las Americas"

Juan Cabrera

Meet Juan Cabrera

After spending two and a half years as a business major, Juan Cabrera realized his passion for working with young people. That, combined with his own experience where he saw some gaps and needs of working with students of color, led him toward an education degree and a career in higher education. Continue reading "Meet Juan Cabrera"

Jesse Berdis

Letters from OU Alumni

Each University of Oklahoma student has a unique story to share. Some alumni highlight their OU experiences here, talking about the ways they were involved on campus, how their time at OU made an impact on them, how the university prepared them for their future careers, and more. Continue reading "Letters from OU Alumni"

Jasmine Burrell

Q&As with Current OU Students

Seniors Brooklyn Wayland and Justin Norris and junior Jasmine Burrell recently answered questions about their OU experiences, including how OU has inspired them to make an impact, their favorite things about the university, what drew them to OU, and more. Continue reading "Q&As with Current OU Students"

Class Kick-Off

Kicking off a New Semester

The beginning of a new semester is always an exciting time at the University of Oklahoma! Crimson Welcome Week provided many virtual and some in-person opportunities for students to start building their communities at OU, including free screenings of movies on the South Oval, virtual... Continue reading "Kicking off a New Semester"

Irani Center

Major Internship Opportunities

Although many internships shifted into a virtual format, University of Oklahoma students still had the opportunity to gain new skills this past summer. Current OU students Kayla Gill, Jacob Moser, Laercio Filipe, and Haden Bollenbach shared about their recent internships and the experience... Continue reading "Major Internship Opportunities"

Karley Nadolski

Three Reasons to Consider OU

When you're deciding where to attend college, we know that you'll have many options. Three current OU students – Juliana Mejia, Joseph Pham, and Karley Nadolski – share three reasons why you should consider the University of Oklahoma, ranging from the community to extracurricular... Continue reading "Three Reasons to Consider OU"

Juliana Mejia

Build Your Academic Career at OU

From establishing a foundation to building a community to discovering ways to be involved on campus, four current students – Reety Erwin, Juliana Mejia, Leah Pomerantz, and Michael Williams – recently shared what students should look forward to about kicking off their OU careers. Continue reading "Build Your Academic Career at OU"

Leanne Ho

Celebrating the OU Class of 2020

Four of the newest OU alumni, Leanne Ho, Emily Humphreys, Glenn Medina, and Peter Reilly, talked about their experiences as Sooners and what's next now that they've earned their undergraduate degrees, while others shared videos about how OU has prepared them for the future. Continue reading "Celebrating the OU Class of 2020"

OU Seniors

A Shift in Perspective

As it does around the nation and world, life looks a little different at the University of Oklahoma right now. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, classes have moved online through this summer, and OU students are adjusting to what this means for them. In this series of blogs, current students reflect... Continue reading "A Shift in Perspective"

OU Esports Club

A Growing Community

Envisioned as a place where everyone is welcome and included, the University of Oklahoma Esports Club offers a home for competitive and casual gamers alike. Founded in fall 2017, with development beginning a year before that, OU Esports has since grown to more than 1,000... Continue reading "A Growing Community"

Dr. Belinda Higgs Hyppolite

A Message from Belinda Higgs Hyppolite

In January, Belinda Higgs Hyppolite joined the OU Family as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Watch the video above to hear Dr. Hyppolite's message to prospective OU students, then check out this OU Alumni article to learn more about her background, her vision for the university, and more. Continue reading "A Message from Belinda Higgs Hyppolite"

Lauren O'Breaza

International Women's Day 2020

Since the early 1900s, International Women's Day has been observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women globally. There is no shortage of amazing women right here on the University of Oklahoma's campus... Continue reading "International Women's Day 2020"

Big XII Conference Attendees

OU Students Plan Big XII Conference 

Later this month, the University of Oklahoma will host the 43rd annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government. Scheduled for Feb. 20-23, this year’s conference is themed “Generation Us: Unifying Blackness Through Social Change,” and will see an estimated 500 to 600 students.... Continue reading "OU Students Plan Big XII Conference"

Shekina Roberson

Meet Shekina Roberson

One of the newest members of the OU Family, Shekina Roberson is passionate about relationship building. In her role as the coordinator for African American Programs and Services in OU’s Office of Student Life, which she started on Jan. 6, Roberson will have plenty of opportunities to... Continue reading "Meet Shekina Roberson"

Joya Hegamin and Justin Norris

Mr. and Miss Black OU Look Back at 2019

For the past year, Justin Norris and Joya Hegamin have served as Mr. and Miss Black OU. Last Saturday, their reigns came to an end as they passed on their crowns to Nicholas Nickelberry and Tiandra Forrester. But before that, they reflected on their time representing OU and the impact that they hope to continue... Continue reading "Mr. and Miss Black OU Look Back at 2019"