Robin Tipps, Sociology major, honored as Mitchell Scholar

In February 2013 sociology major Robin Tipps was announced as a Mitchell Scholar. Established in 2001, the Mitchell Scholars Program honors former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell for his significant contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process. Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on scholarship, leadership and a sustained commitment to community and public service. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, accommodations, a living expenses stipend and an international travel stipend.

During the 2013-14 academic year Robin, a 4.0 GPA student and National Merit Scholar, will attend National University Ireland, Galway, for a master’s degree in public law. He earlier studied at University College Cork in Ireland, where he says he learned “novel methods of caring for a population while preserving cultural and social traditions.” Robin graduated summa cum laude in May 2013 with a degree in sociology-criminology. A member of the Quapaw tribe, he will attend law school at Stanford University following his year in Ireland to study tribal law.

At OU, Robin was an instrumental member of the Integrity Council after joining the organization in 2010. As the senior vice chair of Investigations, he helped create, organize and implement one of the nation’s first student-run academic misconduct systems. As a senior councilor for the organization, he reviewed and adjudicated cases of academic misconduct, and as a peer educator, he mentored students enrolled in an innovative course for those charged with academic misconduct.

Robin’s community service included working as a Henderson Scholar to raise funds at home football games for the Norman Community Christmas Dinners, volunteering in the same-day surgery clinic at Norman Regional Hospital, and serving as speech and debate judge at local, district and state competitions. In Norman, as a Sooner Scout for Prospective Student Services, he conducted campus tours and met with students and families visiting OU, and he volunteered as a collections assistant at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. As a Jackie Robinson Scholar, he has traveled to New York City to help re-paint a recreation room in a housing tower and clean up a park.