Roland Abuntori, who hails from Ghana, is a research intern at the Oka’ Institute. He graduated from East Central University in the spring of 2018, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health Science. He intends to continue his education in Global Health Policy and Law beginning fall of 2019. During his time at ECU, he worked as a teacher with the Upward bound program, and is currently president of the African Caribbean Students Association. Among other honors and awards, Roland was a United Nations Youth delegate, a recipient of the Fred and Mary Pfeffer Scholarship from 2016-2018, and a member of Epsilon Nu Eta. He is also the president and founder of “Upthrust,” a social venture to propel sustainable development in rural undeveloped areas in Sub-Saharan Africa. Roland describes working at the Oka’ Institute as being part of something big.
Sage Counts is a research intern at the Oka’ institute. From Ada, Oklahoma, she is currently a sophomore at Oklahoma State University. She is majoring in biosystems engineering with an emphasis on natural and environmental resources. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish. Sage is passionate about water conservation and loves travelling, hiking, and the outdoors.
Garrett Fulks is a research intern at the Oka’ Institute from Slaughterville, Oklahoma. He is currently a student at East Central University, working toward a degree in Biology. Being an avid outdoorsman, he enjoys going outside any chance he can get. His primary focus in water research is continuous monitoring of water from the Arbuckle-Simpson Aquifer and its source pools.
Shelby Johnson is an Oka’ Institute research intern from Ardmore, Oklahoma. She is currently a senior at East Central University, working on her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Shelby plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma after graduation. Shelby is the recipient of an eight-semester scholarship from the Noble Research Institute, which was awarded to her over 60 other applicants. In her free time, Shelby likes to travel, binge read a good book, and spend time with her family and friends.
Jacqueline Msovela is an administrative and research intern with The Oka’ Institute. Originally from Tanzania, she is working toward a degree in Environmental Health Science at East Central University, and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Water Resources Policy and Management. She is a recipient of the Higginbotham Family Scholarship for both the 2017-2018 and the 2018-2019 school years. She is also a member of the Dean’s Honor Roll, and was a former Treasurer for the African Caribbean Student Association. Jacqueline aspires to work at the EPA after graduation.
Rabindra Thapaliya is a research intern with The Oka’ Institute. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, Thapaliya is studying computer science at East Central University. He is also pursuing a minor in MIS. Thapaliya serves as the president of the International Student Connection Club and was awarded “Outstanding Student of Mathematics and Computer Science” by the mathematics and computer science department at ECU. He is a recipient of the Briles scholarship, and plans to become a software developer.
Aneli Thomsen is an administrative intern at the Oka’ Institute. She hails from Ada, and is currently a sophomore at East Central University, where she played on the women’s basketball team. She is majoring in Biology and is interested in pursuing a medical degree, because helping people is one of her primary ambitions. Aneli enjoys travelling and loves animals.
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