Lottinville Scholars alumni share award's impact

Winter 2020

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Kristen Bymaster has worked for ExxonMobil for 15 years and currently is an upstream engineering manager. “Receiving the Lottinville Prize provided me with the confidence to continue developing my service and leadership skills during my time at OU. It also opened the door to obtaining my first internship with ExxonMobil,” she said. “It’s important to my husband and me that we provide these same opportunities to current students.” Kristen and Adam Bymaster both are 2004 chemical engineering graduates who support the Gallogly College of Engineering and established their own endowed scholarship in OU’s School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering.

“I had no idea what career path I wanted to follow when I started college,” said Daniel Reck, an assistant professor at the London School of Economics. “Being awarded the Lottinville Prize early in my time at OU stoked my ambition. I received a fantastic education in economics and mathematics at OU.” The 2010 double bachelor’s graduate teaches undergraduate and graduate public economics and researches tax evasion and offshore wealth. “The mentorship of the OU faculty, particularly Dr. Aparna Mitra, encouraged me to aim high and eventually to pursue an academic career.”

Lucy Mahaffey is a 2019 Marshall Scholar pursuing a master’s degree in politics and international relations at the University of Nottingham in England. The prestigious Marshall scholarship allows her to work with some of the foremost experts in human trafficking at the Nottingham Rights Lab. “The Lottinville Prize made me feel very affirmed and supported. It was a large part of the reason I was able to spend a semester interning for an anti-trafficking NGO in Washington, D.C.,” says Mahaffey, who earned two OU bachelor’s degrees in 2017. Her family knew Savoie Lottinville personally as “an adventurer and someone who spoke up for oppressed groups,” she said.