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Jordan Larsen

Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey Endowed Scholarship 2016 

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.

Jonathon Self

Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey Endowed Scholarship 2015

Jonathon Self is a full-time employee of the Donald E. Pray Law Library at the University of Oklahoma College of Law and a part-time student and undergraduate senior in the History of Science department. He plans to graduate in the spring of 2016, and his current interests encompass communication technologies, the public communication of science and technology, biographical representation, and cultural history.

After graduation, Jonathon hopes to attend graduate school and continue his study on the biographical representation of STEM professionals and how these representations affect the formation of professional identity and widespread understanding of those professions. He believes that an enhanced understanding of these portrayals will elucidate societal bias and preconception. After obtaining his PhD, he plans to continue his research within academia while concurrently promoting more realistic conceptions of STEM professions through the education of its future participants.

Elizabeth K. Wilcox

Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey Endowed Scholarship 2013

Elizabeth Wilcox is a senior in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine undergraduate program. With a background in chemistry and biology, she was drawn to the history of science program because, as she states, she finds that “the context is the most important thing to know when pursuing scientific progress... [since] ...complex problems require complex solutions.” Since matriculating in 2011, Ms. Wilcox has served the OU community as a volunteer and elected secretary for the Art Museum Ambassadors at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and as a registrar intern at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. She is an active member in the student History of Science Association, and currently serves as the elected undergraduate liaison. Ms. Wilcox has represented the department on the CAS Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and at Sooner Saturday and Major/Minor Fair campus events. She was selected to participate in the 2012 Summer Study Abroad Program in Arezzo, Italy. Ms. Wilcox plans to graduate in fall 2013 and pursue a career in health law and public health.

Caitlin Beasley

Marilyn B. Ogilvie Fellow, 2017-2022

Caitlin Beasley had dreams of becoming a physician before deciding to meld her interests in the medical field with similar ones in history.  She earned her BA in History from the University of Arkansas, where she completed her Honors Thesis titled, "The Medical Marketing of Eureka Springs, Arkansas." In it she explores the changing socio-medical environment in a small mid-western boomtown at the end of the nineteenth century whose main draw was its magnificent healing waters. She was admitted to the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine program at OU, where she hopes to continue to delve into the historical dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship and how scientific advancements in the field of medicine have altered it. Upon obtaining her master’s degree, she plans on pursuing her PhD and becoming a college professor.

Margaret Gaida

Marilyn B. Ogilvie Fellow, 2010-2015

Margaret Gaida

“I am very honored to be the first recipient of the Marilyn B. Ogilvie Alumni Fellowship. The fellowship has been essential in allowing me to pursue research opportunities and in providing a firm foundation for my studies.” –Margaret Gaida

Ms. Margaret Gaida received her bachelor’s degree in physics with a double major in philosophy from Duke University and holds an MA in philosophy from the University of California at San Diego. In the fall of 2010 she began working towards her Master’s Degree in the History of Science Department at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include the exchange and appropriation of scientific ideas in the Medieval and Early Modern period, the emergence and interaction of early scientific disciplines, and gender and science. In her first year she was a teaching assistant for the undergraduate survey courses in the History of Science department. The Marilyn B. Ogilvie fellowship was established by the University of Oklahoma with the assistance of Program Alumni and Friends. Ogilvie was a seminal authority and prolific contributor to many fields in the history of science, especially in the examination of women in science. The fellowship provides financial support to exceptional graduate students in the History of Science Program and support for their teaching and research.

Younes Mahdavi

DeGolyer Fellow, 2016-2017  

Mr. Younes Mahdavi completed his BS in Mathematics at Shahid Beheshti University (Tehran) and then earned his MA in the History of Science at the University of Tehran. His MA research focused on mathematics and astronomy in medieval Islam. In his master’s thesis he explored the application of spherical trigonometry in astronomy from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, with a focus on new techniques developed by Islamic and Iranian mathematicians that replaced the techniques of Ptolemy’s Almagest. In spring 2015, Younes, enrolled in the University of Oklahoma’s PhD program in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. He is interested in the cross-cultural transmission of science between the Islamic world and the Latin West during the middle ages and early modern period.. 


Carolyn Scearce

DeGolyer Fellow, 2015-2016

Ms. Carolyn Scearce completed a BA at the University of Maryland in English literature and a BS in biological sciences followed by an MS in oceanography at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC-San Diego. After completing her degrees, Carolyn worked as an aquatic science database editor before entering the program in the history of science at OU. In spring 2013, she successfully defended her master’s thesis: “John Gray and Albert Gunther are Dead: Zoology at the British Museum During the Darwinian Era.” While preparing for her general exams, Carolyn is studying the history of the life sciences, with particular emphasis on biogeography, exploration, natural history collections, and ichthyology.

Blair R. Stein

DeGolyer Fellow, 2014-2015

Ms. Blair Stein holds a Bachelor of Journalism (2010) from Carleton University, a MA in History (2011) from Queen's University, and a MA in HSCI from OU (2014). Her MA research from both schools focused on the advertising history of Trans Canada Air Lines (now Air Canada). At OU, she examined how the Canadian climatic identity - that is, Canadians believing themselves to have a special relationship with winter weather - was used as a rhetorical tool in the development and advertising of TCA's first pressurized airliner in the late 1940s. Once she has completed her general exams, Blair plans to embark on a cross-Canada research trip, drumming up evidence that this climatic identity played a role in Canadian aviation mythmaking in general, from the country's first flight to Cold War northern defense. When she's not talking about airplanes, winter, or airplanes flying in the winter, Blair can be found riding her bicycle, watching reality television, and dreaming about real maple syrup.

Nathan Narain Kapoor

DeGolyer Fellow, 2013-2014

Mr. Nathan Kapoor completed a B.S. in History from Tennessee Technological University, and received licensure for secondary education in social studies.  In addition to his major, Nathan studied jazz percussion with the school's percussion professor and was the first chair percussionist in the school's top jazz ensemble for three years.  He has also completed several internship projects with museums, such as assisting the chairman of the André Michaux International Society with the development of an exhibit on André Michaux.  His senior seminar paper was a re-evaluation of the Manhattan Project, in which he attempted to equalize the role of the engineer with that of the scientist and military figures.  Nathan indicates he would like to continue this line of research, addressing the "creation of the engineer," especially in its modern definition.  Furthermore, he has expressed interest in the history of astronomy, the relationship between science and religion, and the history of wind energy in the United States.

Jared S. Buss

DeGolyer Fellow, 2012-2013 

Mr. Jared Buss completed his MA in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, after earning his BA in history at OU.  His history of science interests include the history of media, science fiction, and American popular culture.   His dissertation explores the life and career of Willy Ley (1906-1969), an influential popular science writer and spaceflight advocate.   Because Ley wrote many pieces on natural history as well as on space, the dissertation incorporates literature on natural history and nature writing and on Romantic values in science.  Mr. Buss is also the recipient of the 2012-2013 HSS/NASA Fellowship in the History of Space Science, which will provide a full year of external funding for the project.  Key sites of travel and research include the Willy Ley Collection at the National Air and Space Museum and the Library of Congress.

Petar Markovski

DeGolyer Fellow, 2011-2012Petar Markovski

Petar Markovski entered in the fall of 2007 after completing a BS in astrophysics at Michigan State University. In the summer of 2009, he successfully defended his master’s thesis, “A Comparative History of Hipparcos and FAME: Space Astrometry in the 20th Century,” and in spring 2011, completed his general exams. Since summer of 2010, Petar has also been working as the graduate assistant for Technology & Culture. Currently, Petar is in the process of working on a dissertation proposal. When not entrenched between stacks of books and papers, he enjoys catching a good movie at the cinema or at home.

Kirsty Alexandra Lawson

DeGolyer Fellow, 2010-2011  

Ms. Kirsty Lawson received her B.A. in history from Stanford University, with an emphasis on pre-modern European history of science. She wrote her senior honors thesis on the influence of early modern alchemy upon the establishment of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Ms. Lawson also had the opportunity to take two tutorials on the history of science while studying abroad at Oxford.
Ms. Lawson came to the University of Oklahoma because she was attracted by the interdisciplinary opportunities and resources offered by the History of Science Department. She hopes to one day become a special collections librarian. 


Graduate Fellowships

Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie Alumni Graduate Fellowship

Support Alumni Fellowships in the Department of the History of Science in honor of Marilyn Ogilvie, Curator and Professor of the History of Science, 1991-2008. Alumni Fellowships are awarded to students who meet criteria established through negotiations between the department and the Graduate College, and are intended to assist the department in recruiting and retaining highly qualified students in the graduate program.

Everette Lee DeGolyer History of Science Fellowship

To honor Everette L. DeGolyer, and to recognize his affiliation with the History of Science Program at the University of Oklahoma, the University awards to a graduate student in the Department of the History of Science a $2,500 graduate fellowship to augment the graduate assistantship stipend. This fellowship program serves to recruit and retain outstanding domestic graduate students and will assist in growing the next generation of scholars and researchers dedicated to a discipline Mr. DeGolyer appreciated and supported during his lifetime.

DeGolyer Graduate Fellowship in History of Science

An endowed fund established in the name of Everette L. DeGolyer to provide Graduate Travel Fellowships in the Department of the History of Science. Funds will be awarded to graduate students in the department who attend professional meetings to deliver a paper or presentation or who travel to libraries or archives to conduct research for theses or dissertations.

History of Science Research Award

To encourage and assist graduate students in the preparation, presentation and publication of excellent research papers, the Department of the History of Science will award a Research Award annually to an applicant drawn from the following categories:

(a) Travel and/or material support in the preparation of a paper
(b) Travel support to attend a meeting at which the research paper will be presented
(c) Recognition of research papers published in the previous calendar year.

Undergraduate Scholarships

Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey Endowed Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship for History of Science, Technology and Medicine students in memory of Corliss E. and Esther C. Livesey.  Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a regularly enrolled undergraduate student majoring in History of Science, Technology and Medicine;
  • Must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale;
  • Must have earned 15 hours of major coursework.

Michael Ruby History of Physics Endowed Scholarship

A scholarship is made possible by Michael G. Ruby, a 1962 OU Engineering Physics graduate who wishes to express his appreciation for the University and his passion for the history of science through the establishment of a scholarship. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a full-time, regularly enrolled student at The University of Oklahoma.
  • Must be enrolled as a major in the History of Science, in Physics and Astronomy, or in Engineering Physics.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Is not an immediate family member of the donor.

First preference will be given to students who have double majors History of Science and Physics and Astronomy or Engineering Physics.  

Second preference will be given to students who are seeking degrees in the following areas:

  • majoring in History of Science and minoring in Physics and Astronomy; or
  • majoring in Physics and Astronomy and minoring in History of Science; or
  • majoring in Engineering Physics and minoring in History of Science.