Alumni Spotlight

Ever wonder what you could do with a political science degree? On these pages, we highlight past OkState Political Science Alumni, featuring the stories of their achievements as well as their work giving back to the campus community.

Are you an OSU alum? Send us an email to let us know what you’re up to. Maybe we’ll see your name in the next newsletter or here on the website!

Two Department Alumni honored as CAS "Rising Stars"

2017 rising starsGeddie and Stiner during the Fall 2017 CAS Awards CeremonyEach year, the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes alumnus/alumna who has graduated in the past 10 years who have already reached a major milestone in his/her chosen career, has shown exemplary service to the community, and/or has a proven commitment to volunteerism. In the Fall of 2017, that list of 8 included two political science graduates, demonstrating the amazing achievements of our alumni.

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Alumni Opens Doors to New Generation of OSU Students

pbohannonBohannon provides hands-on research experience to undergrads

During the 2016 Spring Semester, four students pursuing their undergraduate degrees in Political Science worked with Attorney (and OSU alum) Paul Bohannon to gain valuable real-world experience. These students, Leah Anderson, Isabel Mulino, Aaron Sharp, and Savannah Titus, worked as part of aninternship program to provide research assistance to Mr. Bohannon and his law firm.  This project gave hands-on research experience to our students, each with plans to attend law school or pursue a career in consulting.

Read more: Alumni Spotlight: Paul Bohannon

From Stillwater to Macedonia and Back

Recent Alumna Aleksandra Murgoska Shares Expertise with OSU Students

Speech at the Ada Rotary Club 2018Aleksandra giving a speech at the Ada Rotary Club (Sept 2018)Many OSU alum make the journey back to OSU every year, but few travel as far as recent M.A. alum Aleksandra Murgoska (class of 2012).  A native of Macedonia, Aleksandra returned to her home country after graduating from OSU with her Master's in Political Science in 2012. While her political science training prepared her for her initial position as a research and project assistant with the Institute for Democracy 'Societas Civilis,' she now uses the skills developed during her educational career in the field of international business and foreign investment. 

Read more: Alumni Spotlight: Aleksandra Murgoska

"Rising Star" Kyle Ensley

Photo of EnsleyBachelor's in Political Science (2009)

From small-town Oklahoma to a career in foreign service, our 2018 "Rising Star" award winner shows how far an OSU student can really go.

Kyle Ensley grew up on a small cattle ranch outside of Valliant, Oklahoma, a community of 700 in the far southeastern corner of the state. It was always Kyle’s dream to attend OSU in Stillwater, which seemed far from home at the time. During Kyle’s sophomore year, he received the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship from the US Department of State, which eventually led to his appointment and confirmation as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service.

Read more: Alumni Spotlight: Kyle Ensley

"Rising Star" Courtney Baker


Bachelor's in Political Science (2012)

The Department's 2017 "Rising Star" award goes to Courtney Baker, who grew up in Rochester, New York. Halfway through her senior year of high school, she moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma when her parents were offered jobs at OSU. She made the decision to attend OSU and majored in Political Science at OSU, with a minor in Leadership Studies. She studied abroad twice during her time at OSU traveling to Egypt and Spain.

Read more: Alumni Spotlight: Courtney Baker
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