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Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. to Present on Oct. 2

Texas A&M University Honors and Undergraduate Research Invites You to a Public Lecture and Award Presentation Scott Parazynski, M.D. Astronaut - Everest Climber - Physician - Innovator His spaceflight record includes five Space Shuttle Missions and seven spacewalks. He was the first astronaut to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Ms. Amélie Cecile Berger ‘15, Environmental Geosciences Major will be presented an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation AwardThursday, October 2, 2014 1:30–2:30 p.m. Rudder Theatre Free Event | Open to the Public Tickets Required | Available at the MSC Box Office Additional Information: aaevents@tamu.edu or (979) 845-6366
2014 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Invitation

The campus community is invited to a public lecture and award presentation with Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. on Thursday, October 2, 2014 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. in Rudder Theatre.  Dr. Parazynski will present a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to Amélie Berger, a Texas A&M senior majoring in environmental geosciences. Following the award presentation, Dr. Parazynski will give a lecture about his experiences as a NASA astronaut that included 5 Space Shuttle missions and 7 spacewalks.  An avid mountaineer, he was the first astronaut to reach the summit of Mt. Everest in 2009.  He is also a commercial, instrument, multiengine, and seaplane-rated pilot with over 2,500 flight hours.

A  graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School, Parazynski’s 17 years as a Shuttle astronaut included leadership of the first joint US-Russian spacewalk during STS-86 while docked to Space Station MIR; serving as John Glenn’s crewmate and “personal physician” during STS-95; and conducting EVA assembly of the Canadian-built Space Station arm during STS-100.  Dr. Parazynski currently serves as Director and Chief Medical Officer for The University of Texas Medical Branch’s Center for Polar Medical Operations in Galveston. He is also Chairman of the Board of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. He is a frequent speaker for keynotes and lectures all over the world to audiences of all ages.

 Attendance at the Oct. 2 program is free but tickets are required from the MSC Box Office.  For questions, send email to aaevents@tamu.edu, or call (979)845-6366.   View the evite for this program at http://bit.ly/1lI1RI5.

Learn more about Dr. Parazynski at his website http://www.parazynski.com  and more about the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation at http://www.astronautscholarship.org.

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Amélie Berger to Receive $10K Astronaut Scholarship

2014 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Recipient, Amélie Berger '15
2014 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Recipient, Amélie Berger ’15

Excerpted from Geosciences News:

Amélie Berger, junior environmental geosciences student from Paris, France, is one of 30 students nationwide to be awarded a prestigious scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. This is the second year in a row that a student in the College of Geosciences has received the award.

Berger will receive a $10,000 scholarship in recognition of “her unique aptitude for research and ingenuity in science and technology,” according to the award letter.

Read the full story at http://geonews.tamu.edu/latestnews/981-geosciences-student-wins-astronaut-scholarship-for-second-year-in-a-row.html

Amélie Berger, ’15, was selected for nomination based on her strong scholarship in and out of the classroom. Berger has conducted research on South Pacific Deep Water circulation with Dr. Debbie Thomas in oceanography, as well as on land-atmosphere heat exchange in the Arctic and rainfall in Costa Rican cloud forests with Dr. Frauenfeld in geosciences. Berger has presented on her research at the Association of American Geographers meeting, the American Geophysical Union meeting, and will have a paper published in Biotropica on November 14.

Berger has previously been recognized as the 2014 Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior, with the Team Diversity Award, and the Thomas S. Gathright Scholar Award. In addition to serving as a peer mentor and recruiter for the College of Geosciences, Berger is an active leader in several student organizations. Berger plans to pursue a Ph.D. and work in climate science and sustainability.

The Astronaut Scholarship is the largest monetary award given in the United States to science and engineering undergraduate students based solely on merit. Thirty-two of these prestigious awards were dispersed this year through the ASF to outstanding college students majoring in science, technology, engineering or math. More than $3.7 million has been awarded in scholarships to date. Since 1986, ASF has distributed over $200,000 to Astronaut Scholars at Texas A&M University. These high-achieving students exhibit strong drive and phenomenal performance in their field, as well as intellectual daring and a genuine desire to positively change the world around them, both in and out of the classroom.

Former Astronaut Scott Parazynski, M.D. will present Berger with her award on behalf of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation on Thursday, October 2, 1:30-2:30 PM. http://bit.ly/1lI1RI5

 

Amélie Berger Selected as TAMU Outstanding Junior

Congratulations Amelie!

Phi Kappa Phi at Texas A&M University

April 13, 2014

College Station, TX-Each year, the deans in each college select the most outstanding student from among all the juniors in their respective colleges. One of the hardest–and most rewarding–aspects of serving on the Phi Kappa Phi board is selecting just one of these amazing students as the TAMU Outstanding Junior.

This year, Amélie Berger ’15 was the student selected.

PKP Berger Outstanding Jr TAMU Outstanding Junior Amélie Berger ’15 (center) with College of Geosciences faculty Dr. Steven Quiring (left) and Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld (right)

Berger will graduate in May, 2015 with a bachelors in environmental geosciences, a minor in oceanography and a minor in meteorology. Berger is a member of the American Association of Geographers and has volunteered at the Oceanography Institute of Paris. She has completed research with Dr. Debbie Thomas in oceanography on South Pacific Deep Water circulation and with Dr. Oliver Frauenfeld in geosciences on land-atmosphere heat exchange in the Arctic.

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Spring 2014 Induction and Recognition

Congratulations to Alexander, Kasey, Hannah, Amelie, and Kindall!

Phi Kappa Phi at Texas A&M University

 April 13, 2014

 College Station, TX— The Texas A&M University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducted 268 new members today. New members were selected from the top 7.5% of junior undergraduate students, the top 10% of senior undergraduate students and top 10% graduate and professional students in each college. Additionally 11 students were honored as Outstanding Junior for their college and one student was honored as University Outstanding Junior:

Name                             College
Kasey Kram                   College of Architecture
Melanie Jackson          College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Alexander Garcia         Mays Business School
McKenna Breiner        College of Education and Human Development
Adam Alderson            Dwight Look College of Engineering
Amelie Berger*            College of Geosciences
Madeline Keyser          College of Liberal Arts
Hannah Frailey            College of Science
Marissa Forray             College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Edward Schendzelos  Texas A&M at Galveston
Mohammed Ayub        Texas A&M at Qatar

*2014 University Outstanding Junior

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2014 Award Season!

The end of the spring semester and the approach of graduation comes with a number of award announcements. This is an exciting (if busy!) time of year as we prepare to recognize our 2014 Honors and Undergraduate Research graduates.

In addition to the recent spate of success in nationally-competitive awards such as the Goldwater, Udall, and Fulbright competitions, our students have been recognized  for their outstanding achievement in and out of the classroom with campus awards.

While the Brown-Rudder and Gates-Muller awards will not be announced until commencement, awards have been made in the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior, Gathright, Buck Weirus, and Diversity Service competitions. We applaud our students who have been recognized! Don’t forget to update your ePortfolios!

Click here for a historical listing of HUR Student Recognition.

Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Juniors
Alexander Garcia
Kasey Kram
Hannah Frailey
Amelie Berger * TAMU PKP Outstanding Junior

Gathright Scholars Award
Kasey W. Kram
Jemmifer M. Klein
Amelie C. Berger
Michael S. Pohlen
Michael P. Austin
Vincent P. Sacco
Emily A Kossa
Hanna P. Frailey
Barbara J. Banner
Joshua A. Orndorff
Daniel R. Miller
Joshua J. Chacko

Buck Weirus Spirit Award
Sarah Armstrong
Sherwin Chiu
Meghan De Amaral
Abby Kemp
Madeline Kinnaird
Alice Schneider
Ryan Trantham

Diversity Service Award
Sherwin Chiu

Thanks to the Association of Former Students, the Department of Multicultural Services, Undergraduate Studies and all of the amazing faculty and staff that make these awards possible!

Announcement of Texas A&M University’s Goldwater Scholarship Winner and Honorable Mention!

By Honors and Undergraduate Research

Two Texas A&M students have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievements in physics and environmental geosciences by the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation. Nick Mondrik, a junior physics major, has been selected as a Goldwater Scholar and Amelie Berger, a junior environmental geoscience major, has been named a Goldwater Honorable Mention.

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was established in 1986 in honor of US Senator and Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater of Arizona. The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes college students nationwide in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, selecting approximately 300 sophomore and junior students each year. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic excellence, research experience, and future potential.

Nick Mondrik - Goldwater Scholarship Winner, 2014
Nick Mondrik – Goldwater Scholarship Winner, 2014

Goldwater Scholarship Winner, Nick Mondrik, is from Belton, Texas. He has worked in Dr. Lin Shao’s Ions and Materials Facility in the Nuclear Engineering Department and for Dr. Darren Depoy in the Munnerlyn Astronomical Instrumentation Lab. Currently, he is working on heat transfer simulation for the VIRUS project (Visible Integral-Field Replicable Unit Spectrographs) and on preliminary data from the Dark Energy Survey underway in Cerro Tololo, Chile.

Mondrik came across the Goldwater Scholarship when he was looking at websites with information on graduate school profiles and decided to check it out. He wrote his Goldwater essay on looking for outliers and variable stars in the Dark Energy Survey data. The junior physics major said, “The ideal candidate is one who devotes significant time and effort not only in the classroom, but also in the lab where acquired research tools are put into practice.”

On campus, Mondrik is also a Society of Physics Students tutor for underclassmen. He was also a National Merit Scholar coming out of high school. His future pursuits include attending graduate school at Princeton, Caltech, Cambridge, or Harvard for astronomy or astrophysics.

Amelie Berger - Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention, 2014
Amelie Berger – Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention, 2014

Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention, Amelie Berger, is a junior from Paris, France. Berger is pursuing a degree in Environmental Geoscience with minors in both meteorology and oceanography. She is involved in the Honors Fellows Program and the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program where she wrote her thesis on characterizing throughfall heterogeneity in a tropical pre-montane cloud forest in Costa Rica.

Berger has conducted research with the Oceanography department, the Geosciences department, and as an REU Intern in Costa Rica. She is a member of the American Association of Geographers, the Environmental Issues Committee, and a volunteer at the Oceanography Institute of Paris. In the future, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree and PhD. in climate science and sustainability, and to conduct research and teach at the university level.

Texas A&M Honors and Undergraduate Research commends the outstanding achievements of Nick Mondrik and Amelie Berger. All of their hard work continues to pay off!

Congratulations to the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Nominees!

By Hayley Cox

Four Texas A&M University students have been nominated for the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program were established in 1986 in honor of US Senator and republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater of Arizona. The Goldwater Scholarship recognizes college students nationwide in the science, mathematics, and engineering fields, selecting approximately 300 junior and senior students each year. Scholarship recipients are selected based on a criteria composed of reference letters, personal essays, and research experience. Universities can nominate up to four students for the Goldwater Scholarship per academic year.

Jack Reid
Jack Reid

2014 Goldwater nominee, Jack Reid ’15, is a junior mechanical engineering and philosophy student from Austin, Texas. Reid was recommended by Honors and Undergraduate Research’s (HUR) Jamaica Pouncy and was also nominated during his sophomore year after he became a University Scholar. He wrote his research proposal about non-thermal plasma research under Dr. David Stack and Dr. Maria King, and this proposal was then reviewed a national committee. In Reid’s words, the committee is looking for aptitude, along with a “genuine interest in research and a drive to follow through on it.”

Reid is a member of the weekly microbiology news program Invisible Jungle, a local project lead for Engineer Without Borders, and practices a form of martial arts called Aikido. Upon completion of his undergraduate career, Reid plans to attend graduate school with a technical focus. He said that after a Master’s degree in technical research, he intends to pursue a PhD. But as a junior, he hasn’t narrowed down the remainder of his future plans.

If selected as a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship recipient, Reid said the first word to come to mind would be “vindication.” He said, “It would be a wonderful confirmation that I am doing something right… The best part would just be knowing that I am a Goldwater Scholar.” In addition to the Goldwater Scholarship, Reid just submitted his application for the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation nomination, in which he will find out if he continues later this month.

Nick Mondrik
Nick Mondrik

Another Goldwater nominee, Nick Mondrik, is a junior physics student from Belton, Texas. He has worked in Dr. Lin Shao’s Ions and Materials Facility in the Nuclear Engineering Department and for Dr. Darren Depoy in the Munnerlyn Astronomical Instrumentation Lab. Currently, he is working on heat transfer simulation for the VIRUS project (Visible Integral-Field Replicable Unit Spectrographs) and on preliminary data from the Dark Energy Survey underway in Cerro Tololo, Chile.

Mondrik came across the Goldwater Scholarship when he was looking at websites with information on graduate school profiles and decided to check it out. He wrote his research proposal on looking for outliers and variable stars in the Dark Energy Survey data. The nominee said, “The ideal candidate is one who devotes significant time and effort not only in the classroom, but also in the lab where acquired research tools are put into practice.”

On campus, Mondrik is also a Society of Physics Students tutor for underclassmen. He was also a National Merit Scholar coming out of high school. His future pursuits include attending graduate school at Princeton, Caltech, Cambridge, or Harvard for astronomy or astrophysics. If selected as a 2014 Goldwater Scholarship recipient, Mondrik said the first word to come to mind would be “ecstatic.” He said, “To have all my hard work over these past three years would mean a lot…” Mondrik continued, “It’s one thing to say that hard work is its own reward, but a little recognition goes a long way.”

Amelie Berger
Amelie Berger

Goldwater nominee Amelie Berger is a junior environmental geoscience student from Paris, France. Berger is pursuing a degree in Environmental Geoscience with minors in both meteorology and oceanography. She is involved in the Honors Fellows Program and the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program where she wrote her thesis on characterizing throughfall heterogeneity in a tropical pre-montane cloud forest in Costa Rica.

Berger has conducted research with the Oceanography department, the Geosciences department, and as an REU Intern in Costa Rica. She is a member of the American Association of Geographers, the Environmental Issues Committee, and a volunteer at the Oceanography Institute of Paris. In the future, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree and PhD. in climate science and sustainability, and to conduct research and teach at the university level.

Berger wanted to thank the professors who have contributed to her Goldwater application and now nomination process. She said, I am so thankful for Dr. Frauenfeld, Dr. Cahill, Dr. Thomas, Dr. Biggs, and Dr. Garcia for their supporting letters. I probably would not have even applied without Dr. Biggs telling me I should consider it, and Dr. Frauenfeld selflessly took the time to help me make my application competitive. I feel extremely lucky to be surrounded by supportive and dedicated faculty members!”

The final Goldwater nominee, William Linz, is a mathematics student from Temple, Texas. Linz is a University Honors Student and Undergraduate Research Scholar at Texas A&M. Linz has been following national scholarships since his high school academic career and consistently found Goldwater to be an excellent opportunity for math, science, and engineering students like himself. He began with an online application and an expository essay detailing his research work before submitting to a national Goldwater representative.

Linz is also an executive board member of Explorations, the Undergraduate Research Journal of Texas A&M University, and he is President of Aggie Quiz Bowl. In the future, he plans to continue his research work at Texas A&M and to attend graduate school for mathematics. If Linz were to be chosen as a Goldwater Scholar he said he would be extremely pleased. He said, “I would thank all who have helped me up to this point, and I would use the scholarship as an impetus to work even harder in research mathematics.”

Honors and Undergraduate Research is extremely proud of Jack Reid, Nick Mondrik, Amelie Berger, and William Linz for all of their outstand achievements as nominees for the Goldwater Scholarship. We wish them the best of luck through out the remainder of the selection process!