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OSU junior named 2017 Udall Scholar

STILLWATER — An Oklahoma State University junior from Broken Arrow is a Udall Scholarship winner. The Udall Foundation today announced 50 students from 42 colleges and universities were selected as 2017 Udall Scholars.

Emma Kincade is OSU’s 16th Udall Scholar and the third straight to earn the prestigious national honor in the categories of native health care and tribal policy.

Kincade, a member of the Cherokee Nation, is majoring in communication sciences and disorders at OSU. She plans to pursue a dual master’s degree in occupational therapy and public health at Washington University in St. Louis.

While at OSU, Kincade has worked with the Center for Sovereign Nations and has collaborated with students and faculty at the OSU Center for Health Sciences in designing a clinical trial to evaluate the benefits of osteopathic manipulative medicine as a therapy to help diabetics better manage blood glucose levels. She gathered research data for the project during a hike to the Mojave Desert as a member of the Native Explorers program.

Kincade is a teaching assistant in the political science department. This summer, she will serve as an intern for the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

The Udall scholarship honors the legacies of Morris Udall and Stewart Udall, for their impact on Native American self-governance, health care, and the stewardship of public lands and natural resources. The scholarships, up to $7,000 each, are awarded to college sophomore and juniors.

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K.S. McNutt

Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from... Read more ›