Jordan Larsen awarded the
2016 Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey
Jordan Larsen is a junior history of science, technology and medicine major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Interested in the history of medicine and medical humanities, Jordan particularly enjoys exploring interactions between literature, spirituality, and science. She has a number of academic accomplishments that speak to her scholarly potential. Jordan spent fall 2014 in Arezzo, Italy, studying medical education and care during the Italian Renaissance. While at Arezzo, she completed an internship in the history of science with Professor Peter Barker, the first completed in our undergraduate program, at the Biblioteca Città di Arezzo, one of the most important collections in Tuscany, holding a number of rare volumes from the Middle Ages. In fall 2015, she undertook an Honors research project with Professor Piers Hale, for which she received the 2016 Roland Lehr Phi Beta Kappa Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research, as well as recognition for its publication in The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal. After graduating from OU next spring, Jordan hopes to attend medical school and become a physician.
The Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of the parents of Professor Steven J. Livesey. Neither Corliss Livesey (d. 2011) nor Esther Livesey (d. 2003) was fortunate enough to attend college, but both appreciated the value of higher education and worked to support their two sons as they pursued undergraduate degrees. One of their proudest moments was seeing both receive doctorates in academic fields that they loved. Professor Livesey and wife Professor Nina Livesey endowed the scholarship as a way to extend that same opportunity to other students, assisting them in their own academic pursuits. The Scholarship Award Committee selected Jordan as the 2016 recipient because of her outstanding performance in our undergraduate program and because her application materials demonstrated the type of dedication to education that the elder Liveseys would be proud to support.