Vance named Goldwater Scholar
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Vance builds pioneering degree with 3 majors
Instead of wishing upon a star as the famous Disney song suggests, Alexis Vance plans to work among them.
A trailblazer from Leawood, Kansas, Vance is the first undergraduate to triple major in chemical, mechanical and aerospace engineering at Oklahoma State University. She plans to use her pioneering degree to launch a career in flight operations at NASA.
She’s not exactly starting from scratch. This year, she was one of three OSU students selected for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious undergraduate award for students searching for research careers in natural sciences, mathematics and engineering.
Vance, along with Ashley Gin, a junior from Oklahoma City, and Collin Thornton, a junior from Duncan, Oklahoma, are OSU’s 27th, 28th and 29th Goldwater Scholars. The three Goldwater Scholars— the most from any university in the state this year — competed against 1,253 applicants from 438 institutions across the country. The scholarships are valued at up to $7,500 per year.
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