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November 20, 2012

OU lauds scholarship winners

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma can add to its lists of Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarship winners.

Mubeen A. Shakir of Oklahoma City is OU’s 29th Rhodes Scholar, Jerod Coker of McKinney, Texas, is OU’s sixth Marshall Scholar and Robin Tipps of Ardmore is OU’s first Mitchell Scholar.

“The university family is extremely proud of these three exceptional students who have achieved the highest level of academic recognition in our country,” OU President David L. Boren said. “To have OU students win in each of these scholarship competitions confirms that OU has become a pacesetter in American public higher education.”

As a Rhodes scholar, Shakir will attend Oxford University, England, for two years and pursue a master’s degree in oncology at Oxford University. Upon returning to the United States, he plans to attend medical school.

A biochemistry major, Shakir has a 3.95 grade-point average and will graduate summa cum laude next May. He has extensive research experience, the most recent as the inaugural participant in the President’s Research Mentorship Program that paired him with Pulitzer Prize-winning Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee of Columbia University Medical Center.

Shakir has conducted research at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and in the Department of Pediatrics at the OU Health Sciences Center. A National Merit Scholar, Shakir also is one of two students to be named an Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation Presidential Scholar and was named Outstanding Senior of the OU College of Arts and Sciences.

As a Marshall scholar, Coker plans to attend the London School of Economics in England for two years and pursue a master’s degree in economics and philosophy, followed by a master’s degree in development studies. An economics major with minors in political science and philosophy, Coker has a 4.0 GPA and will graduate summa cum laude in May. Coker is a National Merit Scholar and an Oklahoma Regents Scholar.

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