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Special Projects

Panama

  • In addition to experiencing a new country and culture, your cohort will collaborate with Panamanian companies on innovative projects. Past projects include:
  • Cafe Ruiz – Making a coffee plantation more accessible to the US through market share and social media
  • Olga Sinclair – Creating an incentive program for this Panama-based art collective
  • Luna Llena de Tambores – Creating a more sustainable business model
  • Internships – Some of the projects are actually chosen to be implemented by the Panamanian companies and involve summer internship opportunities for TU students from a multitude of backgrounds.
    • Dhruv Varshney (Chemical Engineering Intern)
      • Researched new methods of micro encapsulation for bacterial methods
    • Clay Moyer (Business Intern)
      • Researched regulations for exporting products to the US, Spanish to English translation, and competition research

World’s Challenge Challenge

    • The World’s Challenge Challenge encourages young minds from different disciplines to come together to address a global issue.
    • Teams of three identify an issue they would like to focus on, and create solutions to said challenge.
    • Last year, TU Global Scholars held two preliminary rounds where teams pitch their ideas in 5-7 minute presentations. The top three TU teams received prizes, and the top team traveled to Western University in London, Canada to compete in the international competition.

Food Disparity

  • One cohort of Global Scholars spent the majority of their first two courses learning about food inequality around the world, as well as in the Tulsa area. The cohort was split up into project groups, and each were tasked with creating a solution that alleviated at least one aspect of the multi-faceted issue.
    • Crock-pot Education
      • One focus was to educate members of the community on why eating healthy was important, and how they could do so more easily. This involved a class they taught at a neighboring elementary school once a week for 6 weeks that culminated in a cooking demonstration on easy and healthy crock-pot meals to share with their family.
    • Desert Foods
      • Another group of students created an idea for a social enterprise called Desert Foods. This start-up idea involved developing a line of dehydrated snack food products to sell through the mobile grocery store that services the parts of Tulsa with the least access to healthy foods. The idea also focused on sustainability by utilizing fruits and vegetables from local farms that would otherwise go to waste.

After Global Scholars

Collectively, TU Global Scholars are an impressive group of people, but they also stand out individually. The following is a list of just some of the impressive things our alumni are able to do both during their time at TU and post-graduation:

Rhodes Scholar – Kirk Smith (BS, Mechanical Engineering)

Truman Award — Conner Bender (BS, Computer Science)

Boren Scholar — Rachel Wolf (BA, Anthropology & BA, Russian Studies & BA, Music)

Fulbright Scholar in Ecuador – Camden Schinnerer (BA, Spanish Language and Literature) 

Oklahoma Center for the Humanities 2018-19 Fellow — Layla Mortadha (BA, Political Science & BA, French)

Strategic Analyst at The Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth – Abbey Marino (BA, Sociology)

Wes Watkins Global Trade Scholar, Oklahoma State University– Darcy Elmore (BSBA, Marketing)

English Language Teacher at French Ministry of Education – Madeline Cook (BA French Language and Literature)

PhD in Germanic Philology and Linguistics at the University of Indiana – Josh Harris (BA, German Language and Literature)

US Foreign Service Intern at US Department of State – Ryan Starkweather (BSBA International Business, BA Chinese Studies)

Student Quotes

ACCEPTANCE

“Global Scholars has expanded my horizons and introduced me to an extensive network that I have used to get internships and expand my professional network. Most importantly, it has allowed me to get involved in a large organization and to learn through success, failure, and practice.”

ENGAGEMENT

“Global Scholars has encouraged me to get involved in campus and community events, allowed me to start a leadership position my freshman year, and contributed so much to my personal development through the eye-opening classes, trip abroad, professional development events, and encouragement of creative/radical projects!”

SELF-DISCOVERY

“In short, some of the best memories from my time at TU have come from being with my cohort. For someone who is interested in many different academic areas, Global Scholars gave me the opportunity to not only explore outside of my major, but also to see how it is all connected and why it is important to connect it all.”

EMPOWERMENT

“Global scholars has given me awesome opportunities for travel, an incredible amount of support for my independent project turned student run social entrepreneurship, and the ability to learn things I probably would not have been able to had I just been a regular business student.”