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!

"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

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.

Read more: Two Department Alumni honored as CAS "Rising Stars"

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

Alee and Adam Gossen Give Back to OSU

Photo of the Gossen's in front of Murray HallThe Gossen's visit Murray Hall back in Spring 2015.

Alee and Adam Gossen endowed a scholarship to benefit both the Political Science and Biosystems Engineering Departments as a way to give back for the quality education they received here at OSU. Adam and Alee are lifetime members of the Alumni Association and have made it a priority to support student scholarships since they left campus. 

Read more: Alumni Spotlight: Alee Gossen
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