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INTRODUCING THE CLASS OF 2020 UNIVERSITY SCHOLARS

Today’s Honors Welcome recognized twelve new students joining the University Scholars program. University Scholars is a personal and professional development program for high-achieving students who serve as ambassadors for the University Honors program. Each spring, ten to twelve freshmen are selected for the Scholars program through an intensive application and interview process. The program seeks students who are intellectually curious and who demonstrate critical thinking, self-awareness, poise, and maturity. Scholars are able to engage in rigorous conversation and to defend their ideas. They’re also highly accomplished and motivated students who love learning for the sake of learning.

University Scholars Class of 2020: (left to right) Immanuel Ponminissery, Hannah Lehman, Loan Do, Seth Reine, Sydney Tejml, Caleb Allison, Tessa Williams, Alex Sharma, Sarah Swift, Jon Williamson, Katherine Miller

These new Scholars will join their twenty upperclassman peers in the Exploration Series, seminar courses offered to Scholars each semester. Previous Exploration Series have delved into transportation, education, television, comedy, and animal conservation; this coming fall will feature seminars on Aggie History and Food and the Sacred. Sophomores new to the program participate in a personal statement writing seminar, “Futuring Yourself,” together.

Throughout the program, University Scholars seek intellectual challenge and share their unique perspectives from an array of academic and cultural backgrounds. We are excited for twelve new University Scholars to grow in this program during the next three years and look forward to seeing their future accomplishments both at Texas A&M and in the world!

Caleb Allison ’20, University Scholar

Caleb Allison

Caleb Allison is a sophomore business major from Argyle, TX. Allison is an outdoorsman and adventurer, and he loves anything to do with mountains, snow, and conservation. He was a member of MSC ALOT as a freshman and will be on staff as a Group Leader for his sophomore year. He is also a member of the University Disciplinary Appeals Panel and Discovery Church. Allison went abroad to Italy the summer before his freshman year as part of the Champe Fitzhugh Honors Freshman International Leadership seminar.

Loan Do ’20, University Scholar

Loan Do

Loan Do is an allied health major from Houston, TX, who plans to go to Nursing School. Do is interested in studying either neonatal medicine or oncology for her specialization someday. She is a member of the Regents’ Scholars Orientation Planning Board and Texas A&M University’s Texas Emergency Care Team (TAMECT).

Hannah Lehman ’20, University Scholar

Hannah Lehman

Hannah Lehman is an aerospace engineering major and mathematics minor from Austin, Texas. Lehman is interested in one day combining air and spacecraft with more advanced artificial intelligence. She loves sculpture and martial arts and is a certified Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. She is involved in Vietnamese Student Association (VSA), Virtual Reality Club, and the Honors community.

Larry Liu ’20, University Scholar

Larry Liu

Larry Liu is an economics major from Alpharetta, Georgia. Liu has always been interested in history and human expression through the arts. He enjoys literature and films, and he is particularly interested in the story and the human struggle in these. Liu is an avid runner, and is often seen running with the Corps early in the morning. He has made Dean’s List, is a recipient of the Sul Ross Corps Scholarship, and serves as the Scholastics Sergeant for his outfit in the Corps.

Katherine Miller ’20, University Scholar

Katherine Miller

Katherine Miller is a biology major and Latin minor from Denver, Colorado. She is a recipient of the President’s Endowed Scholarship and National Merit Semi-Finalist. In her free time Miller enjoys reading fiction, studying languages, and communing with the great outdoors. When she is not studying, Miller is involved in Venture Crew, a co-ed organization of the Boy Scouts of America.

Immanuel Ponminissery ’20, University Scholar

Immanuel Ponminissery

Immanuel Ponminissery is a mechanical engineering major and economics minor from Thrissur, India. Technology and its benefits never fail to excite him, especially developments in his major. Ponminissery also enjoys reading the news, monitoring stock prices, and occasionally getting deeply philosophical. Another passion of his is immersing himself in different cultures. Ponminissery was briefly involved with Model United Nations at Texas A&M and currently serve as Treasurer of the Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society.

Seth Reine ’20, University Scholar

Seth Reine

Seth Reine is a biomedical engineering major from Arlington, TX. Reine is interested in the applications of shape memory polymer biomaterials, increasing medical care across different cultures, and service as a disciple of God. Besides the University Honors program, he is involved with Engineering Honors, Class Councils, Residence Life, and research in the Biomedical Device Laboratory under Dr. Duncan Maitland. Reine is also a Plum Family Endowed Scholar and a President’s Endowed Scholar. He enjoys amateur weightlifting and learning to cook. While away from A&M, Seth works at Camp Thurman as a Christian youth outreach counselor.

Alex Sharma ’20, University Scholar

Eikagra “Alex” Sharma

Alex Sharma is a computer science major and mathematics minor from Bareilly, India. Sharma is currently working at the Energy Systems Laboratory, TEES to improve the software platform for engineering efficiency in buildings. He wants to work in the field of Sustainable Energy Production. Sharma is a member of the Christian Engineering Leaders organization, and is active in volunteering and community service. He is motivated to learn new cultures and skills, and is also passionate about mathematics. Sharma contributes Calculus problems for an e-book as part of the MYMathApps project and is also conducting research under Dr. Philip Yasskin on improving a parser that converts math input to Sage code.

Sarah Swift ’20, University Scholar

Sarah Swift

Sarah Swift is a biomedical engineering major and philosophy minor from Magnolia, TX, where she graduated from Magnolia High School as Valedictorian. She is a National Merit Scholar and Brown Foundation Scholar. Swift’s academic interests lie in medical technology innovation, medical care in underdeveloped countries, and the ethical implications of engineering research. Her personal interests include dance, writing, travel, and spending time outdoors. In the summer of 2016, Swift attended the MSC Champe Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar in Italy. She is a volunteer for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar and is passionate about empowering the youth. During her freshman year at Texas A&M, Swift served as a staff member for The Big Event, as a member of the TEDxTAMU committee of MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow, and a delegate for the Gilbert Leadership Conference. She is also an active member of Kappa Alpha Theta.

Sydeny Tejml ’20, University Scholar

Sydney Tejml

Sydney Tejml is a biomedical sciences and animal sciences double-major with a minor in psychology from Hutto, Texas. Academically, Tejml is interested in veterinary medicine and disease pathology and epidemiology. Her personal interests include travel, camping, and hunting. She loves backpacking, canoeing, snorkeling, and scuba diving! She is involved in ASPIRE, the Terry Foundation, and Pre-Vet Society on campus. Her achievements at Texas A&M include becoming a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and making the Dean’s List for both semesters of her freshman year.

Tessa Williams ’20, University Scholar

Tessa Williams

Tessa Williams is a business major and psychology minor from Friendswood, TX. She is interested in psychology, especially neuroscience and abnormal and forensic psychology, as well as literature and political science. Outside of school, Williams enjoys reading, hiking, and exploring new places, whether foreign or local. This past year, she was a member of Memorial Student Center Freshman Leadership International, in which she was able to develop leadership and communication skills while putting on educational programs and developing relationships with an amazing group of peers.

Jon Williamson ’20, University Scholar

Jon Williamson

Jon Williamson is a mechanical engineering major from Centennial, CO, he also plans on adding a computer science major and mathematics minor. Throughout his childhood, he was fascinated with math, science, and space exploration. Williamson is a President’s Endowed Scholaras well as a Craig and Galen Brown Foundation Scholar. Outside of academics, he is extremely involved in MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow and is the TEDxTAMU Executive for the 2018 conference. Williamson is an avid sports fan, especially for the Denver Broncos. In his free time, he enjoys reading, working out, and playing basketball.

Freshmen interested in applying for the University Scholars program can learn more by attending information sessions in November or the recruitment mixer in December. The application will open in January 2018. See our website at http://launch.tamu.edu/Honors/University-Scholars.

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Former Student Spotlight – Nahua Kang

Nahua Kang ’14 graduated in December 2013 with a degree in history. While at A&M, Nahua was a University Scholar and a member of the Corps of Cadets. In the post linked below, he shares lessons learned working with entrepreneurs and start-ups in Germany. Here’s an excerpt:

Spending a summer in the startup scene in the beautiful Frankfurt am Main has taught me a lot. I met interesting people and have luckily been inspired by some true entrepreneurs. I’ve also made mistakes, “contributed” to misunderstandings and miscommunication, and observed different leadership styles. Here are some thoughts for others who are exploring startups and entrepreneurship.

On Personal Development

  1. Most people you have met are replaceable. Be irreplaceable.

  2. An easy way to be irreplaceable is to be a generalist-specialist in seemingly unrelated fields: Be a top strategy consultant who knows how to hack AI; be a great artist who knows the intricacies of blockchain.

  3. Generalist-specialist doesn’t mean “generalist”. It means interdisciplinary specialist (my personal interpretation of Peter Thiel’s sharp opinion against generalists in Zero to One).

  4. Curiosity and open-mindedness drive learning. Be a life-long learner and reader. The moment you stop learning is the moment you become replaceable.

  5. So learn, learn, and learn. Yes you can do math. Yes you can paint. All you need is passion, practice, and perseverance.

  6. Communication matters. Writing matters. (I got 2 new internship opportunities, both of which require generalist-specialist skill sets and solid writing skills in English).

To read the full post including Nahua’s additional advice on Career and Leadership, visit his post on Medium.com (please be aware that there is some strong language used).

We love to share news and success stories from our Honors Former Students! If you have something to share with our current, former, and prospective students and their families, please contact honors@tamu.edu.

2014 National Fellowship Nominees

Honors and Undergraduate Research (HUR) has nominated six outstanding students for nationally-competitive fellowships this year, including the George C. Marshall Scholarship, the George Mitchell Scholarship, and the Rhodes Scholarship.

The Marshall Scholarship finances up to 40 young Americans of high ability to study for a graduate degree in any field of study in the United Kingdom. The selected scholars’ direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

The Mitchell Scholarship is an award sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. It was named in honor of former U.S. Senator Mitchell’s contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and designed to introduce upcoming future American leaders to Ireland, while fostering scholarship, leadership, and community commitment.

The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest international fellowship awards around the world. 32 young Americans are selected each year as Rhodes Scholars from 300 American colleges and universities. These scholars are chosen for outstanding scholarly achievements along with character, commitment to others, and for their potential leadership in their career aspirations. The Rhodes Trust, honoring Cecil J. Rhodes, provides full support for Rhodes Scholars to pursue a degree at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Texas A&M’s 2014 nominees for these prestigious fellowships include:

Philip Cho – Rhodes Scholarship Nominee

Carli Domenico – Rhodes Scholarship Nominee, Mitchell Scholarship Nominee

Annabelle Hutchinson – Rhodes Scholarship Nominee, Marshall Scholarship Nominee

Madeline Keyser – Rhodes Scholarship Nominee

Jack Reid – Rhodes Scholarship Nominee, Marshall Scholarship Nominee, Mitchell Scholarship Nominee

Austin Wang – Marshall Scholarship Nominee

Philip Cho
Philip Cho ’14, Rhodes Scholarship Nominee

Philip Cho ‘14, a philosophy major with a minor in classical studies, has been nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship to study Ancient Philosophy at Oxford University. Cho has served as Inspector General Corporal and Fireteam Leader for the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and leads praise at Korean churches. He has traveled extensively, including intense personal study in the UK. Cho completed an undergraduate thesis on the works of Aristotle and Kant and is continually seeking new knowledge for the sake of learning. He is praised by his professors and mentors for his intellectual curiosity, extensive reading, and careful writing.

Carli Domenico
Carli Domenico ’15, Rhodes and Mitchell Scholarships Nominee

Carli Domenico ‘15, a university studies-Honors major with minors in psychology and philosophy, has been nominated for both the Rhodes Scholarship and the Mitchell Scholarship. Domenico has been highly engaged in campus programs including being selected for the University Scholars program, serving as an Undergraduate Research Ambassador, as an executive for Invisible Jungle, and organizing a campus 5K race benefitting New Horizons childrens’ shelter for Maggies. She completed a thesis analyzing effects of anti-inflammatories on pain processes with the Undergraduate Research Scholars in Dr. Meagher’s health and pain neuroscience laboratory. Domenico has also traveled abroad, studying Spanish language, art and culture at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid, and interned for NASA at the Lyndon Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she conducted studies on astronaut sleep and cognition. She plans a career dedicated to improving the global understanding of neuroscience.

Annabelle Hutchinson
Annabelle Hutchinson ’15, Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships Nominee

Annabelle Hutchinson ‘15, a political science and economics double major, has been nominated for both the Rhodes Scholarship and the Marshall Scholarship, and hopes to study International Relations at Oxford University. Hutchinson has been highly engaged as a mentor, serving the Aggie Scholars Promoting Incentive, Resources and Encouragement (ASPIRE) program, as a Fish Camp counselor, and coordinating with her rural high school superintendent to improve SAT preparation and test-taking resources. As a member of the Academy for Future International Leaders, she developed a campus organization, VOICE, to share international news with fellow students. Hutchinson has been a research assistant for the Project for Equity, Representation, and Governance and is currently conducting research for her thesis in the Undergraduate Research Scholars program of higher education for economic growth.

Maddie Keyser -cropped
Maddie Keyser ’15, Rhodes Scholarship Nominee

Madeline Keyser ‘15, an English and German double-major, has been nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship to study the works of Tolkein at Oxford University. Keyser volunteers with Big Event and A&M United Methodist Church. She is a member of the Cornerstone Liberal Arts Honors program and was selected as the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior for the Texas A&M College of Liberal Arts. Keyser has conducted research abroad in Austria, at Universität Tübingen in Germany, and in the Bodelian Library at Oxford University. In addition to her German language fluency, Keyser has also developed reading ability for Old English by pursuing graduate course work to support her research. Her faculty referees note her qualities of intellectual risk-taking and inner drive. In addition to her fine scholarly qualities, Keyser enjoys running, swimming, rock-climbing and playing piano and cello.

Jack Reid
Jack Reid ’15, Rhodes, Marshall, and Mitchell Scholarships Nominee

Jack Reid ‘15, a mechanical engineering and philosophy double-major, has been nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, and the Mitchell Scholarship. He intends to pursue his doctorate of philosophy as part of the Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University. Reid teaches a class in conjunction with the Invisible Jungle weekly radio program and served as a peer tutor teaching GRE and ACT prep courses while studying abroad at Texas A&M-Qatar. He has participated in research with several different labs and is currently conducting his own research project with medical and industrial applications as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. Reid is consistently recognized by his faculty as a model of curiosity, humility, self-motivation, and enthusiasm. As a University Scholar, Reid also serves as an ambassador for Honors and Undergraduate Research and shows personal leadership in helping prospective students discover the resources available at Texas A&M.

Austin Wang
Austin Wang ’15, Marshall Scholarship Nominee

Austin Wang ’15, a biomedical sciences and psychology double-degree student, has been nominated for a Marshall Scholarship to study music performance at the graduate level. Wang, a University Scholar, has very diverse interests that include music, travel, and a desire to become a physician. He plays with both the TAMU Wind Symphony and the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra. He studied the history of medicine and the state of biomedical research in Europe on two different study abroad terms in Bonn, Germany. Wang has served as research assistant with two different faculty labs, learning techniques such as DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis. He has also logged 145 hours of volunteer time in the Nuclear Medicine Department at St. Joseph Hospital. Wang is currently conducting genomic research on the hyacinth macaw as part of the Undergraduate Research Scholars program. The nomination committee was particularly impressed by Wang’s willingness to put his medical school plans on hold to commit significant time and effort to developing his skill and passion for music.

Congratulations to all of these amazing nominees! We are proud of your hard work and the fine examples you are of excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service!