About the 2016 Student Speakers

Ms. Jessica Gesell - School of Arts and Sciences

Chemistry was Jessica Gesell’s selected major from the day she enrolled at Cameron University.  While being active in her classroom studies and laboratory work, she found time to be a counselor for NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy, and the Aerospace Engineering: Summer Academy for middle school girls.  Gesell has held office in several organizations, including the presidencies of the local chapters of Pi Mu Epsilon and Gamma Sigma Epsilon, and vice president of CU Chemistry Club.  She has given a number of presentations at regional and national meetings of the American Chemical Society and at Oklahoma Research Day.  Gesell is a Louis Stokes Scholar and an ACS Scholar.  After graduation, she plans to pursue another degree in chemical engineering.


Ms. Vicky Smith - School of Arts and Sciences

Vicky Smith discovered her passion for writing at a young age.  She will graduate in May with two Bachelor of Arts degrees, with majors in English and communication and concentrations in creative writing and journalism. Smith is a PLUS Scholar, an active community volunteer and the managing editor of the Cameron Collegian, as well as a tutor at the Center for Writers. She has appeared on the President’s Honor Roll throughout her collegiate career and she is a member of the English, Communication, and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies. Last spring, she received the Dennis Lang Scholarship in Journalism and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American College and Universities and Cameron’s Top 20.


Ms. Jennifer Stringham - School of Graduate and Professional Studies

A non-traditional student, Jennifer Stringham first came to Lawton when her husband was assigned to Fort Sill.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cameron University in 2014, and will graduate from CU in May 2017 with a Master of Science in Behavioral Science degree with a concentration in marriage and family.  Stringham is a member of the Psi Chi and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.  She has appeared on CU honor lists every semester that she has been eligible.  Stringham received a graduate tuition scholarship and the Fulbright Helvey Scholarship.   

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