Laura E. Steckbeck The University of Oklahoma


Laura Steckbeck is from the Triangle area in North Carolina and is attending the University of Oklahoma on a four-year National Merit Scholarship. She is currently a senior communication major and biology minor and will graduate in May 2018. Laura looks forward to a career in organizational, internal, or health communication or marketing.

Honors and Activities

Work Experience and Skills

NetApp University RElations Internship

Laura is a University Relations intern for NetApp, a data management company. She worked in the Raleigh, NC, office from May-July 2017 and currently works remotely from Oklahoma.

Laura is an intern at NetApp and works on the University Relations Team in the HR department

Her job duties include the following tasks:

  • Creates and maintains internal websites, including a comprehensive SharePoint for members of the new hire program
  • Collects and analyzes survey data and sends weekly summaries to the rest of the team
  • Participates in regular conference calls
  • Planned intern events, including a site-wide intern showcase at the end of the summer
  • Designed a brochure, a newsletter template, and miscellaneous graphics


Laura served as an undergraduate research assistant for one of her communication professors in the spring of 2017. She helped create an online survey using Qualtrics software and learned how to code qualitative research responses. Additionally, she analyzed the survey data and wrote a comprehensive research paper


From August 2015 to May 2016, she worked as a Peer Writing Assistant for fellow Honors students. She edited their papers, helped them cultivate their writing skills, and assisted their professors


From March 2015 to December 2016, Laura worked at Einstein Bros. Bagels on the OU campus. Through working as a barista, preparing food, and running the cash register, she gained valuable experience in customer service and teamwork


  • University of Oklahoma National Merit Scholarship - 2014-2018
  • Alpha Gamma Delta LeaderShape Scholarship - April 2017
  • Gertrude Hacker Kennedy Scholarship - August 2016
  • Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation Scholarship - July 2016
  • US Food Services Scholarship - April 2016
  • League of Railway Industry Women Scholarship - August 2015


  • Laura is proficient in Microsoft Office Software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • She is a quick learner and taught herself how to use Qualtrics, Adobe Spark, and Adobe InDesign
  • She is very detail-oriented and has experience in planning both large and small events

Campus Involvement


Laura has been a member of the Campus Activities Council Speakers Bureau Executive Team since fall 2015

In the spring of 2016, Laura helped bring Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson to the University of Oklahoma for a CAC Speakers Bureau event
  • She serves as the Executive Vice Chair and head of the Development Committee, which involves applying for funding, growing the organization, and assisting with event planning
  • Previously, she served as a member of the Allocations Committee, acting as a liaison between Speakers Bureau and other student organizations

Alpha Gamma Delta

Laura currently serves as the Vice President of Member Development for her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta. She manages programming for the chapter, assists the president, supervises other officers, implements personal development initiatives, and oversees members' well-being.

Laura is an active member in her sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, where she helps other members get the most out of their experience with the chapter
  • Previously, Laura served as the New Member Coordinator, for which she planned three large events, served as a mentor for over 80 members, wrote lesson plans, and led weekly meetings
  • Through Alpha Gamma Delta, she will be attending the LeaderShape leadership conference in May 2017
  • Laura was recently selected to be on OU's Panhellenic Judicial Board, which helps govern the Panhellenic sororities on campus

Study ABroad

Laura participated in the OU Honors College study abroad trip to Oxford, England in 2015. She spent three weeks studying Roman archaeology

Laura lived at Brasenose College (in the background) while she studied abroad

Community Service

Every year, Laura participates in The Big Event, which is a campus-wide day of service, and Soonerthon, which is a 12-hour dance marathon benefitting the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Additionally, she helps raise money for Alpha Gamma Delta's philanthropy and volunteers at the Regional Food Bank

Just for Fun

Laura recently started her own business cutting and selling unfinished wooden lapboards to other students. Visit Laura's online shop by clicking the button below.
Laura loves using her creativity and made two prize-winning paper dresses for recycled material fashion contests at OU
She also enjoys attending TEDxOU, an independent TEDTalks conference, every year
Laura loves traveling and took a 10-state road trip last summer

High School

Laura graduated from Middle Creek High School in Apex, NC, in 2014. She made the Honor Roll every semester, played volleyball and softball, was the varsity men's coxswain for Triangle Rowing Club, was the secretary for Science National Honor Society, belonged to National Honor Society, was the editor for both the school newspaper and creative arts magazine, won several academic awards, and was an AP Scholar with Honor, and graduated in the top 25 students in her class out of 450

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