Corban Hemphill was just awarded a $1,000 scholarship and spot in the prestigious Freshman Research Scholars program at Oklahoma State University where, starting in the fall, she will engage in cutting-edge research in collaboration with pioneering faculty researchers.
College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Major: Natural Resource Ecology and Management
What do you most anticipate about life at OSU?
Some of the things that I am most excited about at OSU are learning, meeting people, and preparing myself for a successful career some day.
Pluto . . . Planet or Plutoid?
OSU football Coach Mike Gundy famously declared, “I’m a man! I’m 40!” When will you join the ranks of adulthood? How will you know?
I would consider myself an adult when I start living on my own. Once you are living by yourself, you must make many decisions that others have made for you when you were still a child. While most of these decisions are insignificant, some are life-impacting, and when you start accepting the responsibilities involved in making these decisions you are on your way to becoming an adult. An adult is someone who makes their own decisions, and who accepts responsibility for the wrong decisions he has made.
What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book?
I do not really like Dr. Seuss books, but I do remember reading “Green Eggs and Ham” when I was a kid.
If you could have one superpower, what would you want? Why?
If I could have a superpower, it would be the ability to time travel. I think that being able to go back in time (maybe to 1800) would be pretty awesome.
Which Mythbuster is most like you: Adam, Jamie, Kari, Grant or Tory?
What’s the first thing that you notice about people?
One thing that I notice right away is their confidence level. If they make eye contact with you, if they talk clearly and confidently, and if they shake your hand firmly and confidently are some of the things that I take note of as soon as I meet them.
What’s your favorite midnight snack?
What’s the best costume you’ve ever worn?
Probably the best costume that I have ever had was when I dressed up as a hunter for Halloween. I dressed in camouflage. It was very simple and authentic.
If you had to live under the sea, which animal would you be? Why?
If I lived under the sea, I think I would want to be a killer whale. They are the apex predator, and they are also intelligent and migratory.
What do you hope to accomplish in FRS?
I am very excited about the opportunity to participate in FRS. In high school, I have participated in several citizen-science projects, and through these I have learned quite a bit. I am excited about being able to participate in research projects at OSU. FRS gives me the opportunity to do so. Through FRS, I hope to be help with research that will provide for the betterment of mankind.
Anything else we should know?
Having been raised on a ranch in South Texas, I enjoy hunting, fishing, team roping, and training horses. Through 4-H, I have been a member of our livestock judging team for 10 years, as well as having been a member of our Plant Identification Team. I have also been a 4-H officer for four years, including club president and county council president. I have shown goats, cattle, and swine at the county show and at most of the Texas major shows. My brother and I have our own corriente roping cattle herd and a registered Boer goat herd.