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Social Science Award Winners    Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Social Sciences Department recognizes three students as they receive prestigious awards and internships. The students honored are Josi Hasenauer, Wallace, Neb., senior; Jose’ Martinez, Woodward senior; and Kylie Pethoud, Seiling senior.

    Hasenauer, a social science education major, was selected to serve as a Congressional Intern for U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns of Nebraska for the summer of 2014.  This recognition is a competitive application process and only three applicants are selected each summer to serve in the U.S. Senate with Sen. Johanns. Hasenauer will work in the offices of Sen. Johanns learning about federal budget setting processes, policy making and law making. She will reside with other Congressional Interns in Washington, D.C. 

    Martinez was selected as the Brad Henry Scholar and will represent Northwestern at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom, in the spring semester of 2015.  Martinez, a political science major, plans to pursue graduate school upon returning from his stay in Wales.

    Pethoud received the Newman Award for Civic Engagement, which is sponsored by Campus Compact and the Oklahoma State Regents office. Pethoud was also awarded the Oklahoma State Senate Legislative Internship for 2014 and will work with state Sen. Bryce Marlatt at the Oklahoma State Capitol in the final weeks of the legislative session.  Pethoud is a social work major and political science minor and plans to pursue her Master of Social Work in policy and advocacy upon completing her undergraduate program at Northwestern.

    The Social Sciences Department strives to bring the best possible external learning opportunities to its students each year through externships, internships and civic engagement activities. An emphasis on civic life involving leadership, motivation, dedication and collaboration, are core components of the Social Sciences Department at Northwestern.  Through its Citizenship Institute, the department is able to assist college students in finding the connections.

    For more information about all of the academic programs in the Social Sciences Department, please contact Dr. Kay Decker, chair, at (580) 327-8521 or