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UCO Student Earns DaVinci Scholar Recognition

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May 21, 2019

Media Contact: Rachel Baugh, Communications and Public Relations Coordinator, UCO College of Education and Professional Studies, 405-974-5408,

UCO Student Earns DaVinci Scholar Recognition

The DaVinci Institute, Oklahoma's Creativity Think Tank, recently named a University of Central Oklahoma student as one of its 2019 DaVinci Scholars. Mary Pease, a senior elementary education major from Shelbyville, Indiana earned the recognition and a $1,000 grant for her project proposal that will introduce science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) based learning to upper-elementary level students.

"In my submitted project, I mention the importance of introducing STEM to upper-elementary students so they are able to get use to the idea of using their creativity and having boundless resolutions to challenges they are presented with, rather than searching for one right answer," said Pease.

"The funding from this award will help in providing me with the necessary materials to make this happen.”

Throughout her time at Central, Pease has been involved in numerous education service organizations and honor societies including Kappa Delta Pi and the UCO Prospective Teachers Academy. She graduated from Central in May and plans to pursue a teaching career in Oklahoma City Public Schools.

The DaVinci Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing the arts, sciences, humanities and education in Oklahoma. They recognize the contribution and potential of higher education faculty members, promising pre-service teachers and in-service teachers. For a complete list of this year’s honorees, visit

To learn more about the UCO College of Education and Professional Studies, visit


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Cutline: Mary Pease, an elementary education major at the University of Central Oklahoma, was recently named a 2019 DaVinci Scholar by the DaVinci Institute, Oklahoma's Creativity Think Tank. Pictured left to right, Susan Scott, Ed.D., professor of educational sciences, foundations and research, and Pease.