Introducing the Class of 2017 University Scholars

University Scholars are an amazing group of students from all across the campus who not only excel academically but embody the philosophy of our program by being willing to embrace challenge and take full advantage of the vast resources that our campus and community has to offer.

University Scholars are incredibly diverse; in their academic and personal interests, in their career goals, and in their beliefs. What they share is a dedication to their individual goals, a thirst for knowledge, willingness to go outside of their comfort zone, and the perseverance and determination to achieve anything they set their mind to. We have the highest of expectations for you, our new Honors students, and we will continue to expect great things from you.

Not only do the students selected for this program meet those expectations, but they continue to astound and amaze us with their ambition, their passion, their talent and their creativity. This is the community into which we welcome our newest University Scholars. These are the expectations that we have of them. We do not doubt that in their lives they will change not only our university, not only our country, but the entire world.

(Adapted from the introduction given by Jamaica Pouncy at the 2014 Honors Welcome)

Top left to right: James Felderhoff, Farid Saemi, Chloe Dixon, Augustus Ellis, Kimberly Lennox, Phillip Hammond. Bottom left to right: Rachel Rosenberg, Alyson Miranda, Katherine Elston, Barbara Tsao.
Top left to right: James Felderhoff, Farid Saemi, Chloe Dixon, Augustus Ellis, Kimberly Lennox, Phillip Hammond. Bottom left to right: Rachel Rosenberg, Alyson Miranda, Katherine Elston, Barbara Tsao.

Chloe Paige Dixon
Chloe is from Austin, Texas and is majoring in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. In addition to being an active volunteer through the Society of Women Engineers, she is a Sophomore Advisor in our honors residence halls, a research assistant at the Cyclotron Institute, and a recipient of the BBVA Compass scholarship.

Augustus John Ellis
Augustus is a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Math and Material Sciences from Pearland, Texas. He is a President’s endowed scholar who is already actively involved in research. He plans to pursue advanced degrees in Materials Science and Engineering and Applied Physics in order to develop state-of-the-art novel materials for application.

Katherine Marie Elston
Kate is from Allen, Texas and pursuing a degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. She is a sophomore advisor in our honors residence halls, a member of DEEP – Discover, Explore and Enjoy Physics and Engineering, and will be joining Dr. Golding Biomedical Science lab as a research assistant.

James Albert Felderhoff
James is an Aerospace Engineering major and the treasurer of the A&M chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In addition to his research with the Aggie Sat Lab, James is open water scuba diving certified, a member of the society of flight test engineers, and a licensed pilot.

Phillip Reagan Hammond
Phillip is studying Landscape Architecture with a minor in Urban Planning. He is from Leander, Texas and was valedictorian of his high school, is an active member of Aggie Guide Dogs and Service Dogs and in addition to his hobbies of sketching and painting has published two articles in Axiom, the official publication of the A&M chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students.

Kimberly Lennox
Kim is a biomedical engineering major with a minor in Business from Plano, TX. She is a president’s endowed scholar and a member of the bioethics forum, the Yacht club and a volunteer at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Alyson Micole Miranda
Aly is from Missouri City, Texas and majoring in Bioenvironmental Sciences with a minor in Business Administration. She plays the alto saxophone in the TAMU Symphonic Winds, is a sophomore advisor in the Honors residence halls, and the Service and Social Executive for the student volunteer association, Alternative Spring Break

Rachel Anne Rosenberg
Rachel is majoring in chemical engineering and is a clarinet player in the TAMU Wind Symphony. She is an Assistant Director for MSC FISH, winner of the MSC First year Experience award and conducts research on biofuels in Dr. Mark Holtzapple’s lab.

Farid Saemi
Farid is an Aerospace Engineering major with minors in mathematics and computer science from Urmia, Iran via Houston, Texas. He is the guest speaker chair of the A&M chapter of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics who designed motion capture software during his summer internship at the Johnson space center and is currently a research assistant for the Shape Memory alloy research team.

Barbara Tsao
Barbara is a biomedical sciences major from Mountain View, California. She speaks fluent Mandarin, was student body president and salutatorian of her high school, is a member of the Inkling Society and is currently conducting research in Dr. Maren’s lab studying anxiety reducing properties of progesterone.

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