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April 2, 2014

Carl Albert award winner announced

NORMAN — Akash Patel, a University of Oklahoma student majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy and Constitutional studies, is the recipient of the 2014 Carl Albert Award, presented each year to the outstanding senior in the OU College of Arts and Sciences.

Patel will be presented with the award at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at a ceremony in Beaird Lounge of Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.

Patel, from Oklahoma City, will graduate summa cum laude with a 3.9 grade-point average during OU’s commencement ceremonies May 9. Upon graduation, Patel plans to launch a nonprofit program to help immigrant students access postgraduate opportunities and attend law school.

Patel has received numerous scholarships, honors and awards during his college career. In addition, Patel is a founding member of OU’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Patel has volunteered his time and talents to various community organizations.

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