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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!


Our Astronaut Scholars are Out of this World!

By Hayley Cox

Last Monday, October 28th, space shuttle astronaut and Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana presented students Dillon Amaya and Amanda Couch with the 2013 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) scholarship during a ceremony at Texas A&M University. Our 2012 ASP scholarship recipient and member of the Class of 2013 Emily Boster was in the audience for the presentation.

Emily Boster - Class of 2013
Emily Boster – Class of 2013
Emily Boster has come full circle in the year since she was selected. Boster was notified of her selection in summer 2012, and Captain James Lovell of Apollo 13 presented her with the Astronaut Scholarship in September 2012.

As Captain Lovell announced last year: “Today, in accordance with its mission to aid the United States in retaining its leadership in science and technology, ASF makes 28 Astronaut Scholarships available to college students who exhibit leadership, imagination and exceptional performance in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). These $10,000 scholarships are the highest monetary awards disbursed to undergraduate STEM students based solely on merit in the U.S. To date, the foundation has awarded over $3.7 million in scholarships to deserving students nationwide.” (http://astronautscholarship.org/about/)

2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
2012 Hall of Fame Inductees
Fortunately for Boster, the experience with ASF didn’t end with the presentation last September. Boster was invited to attend a conference at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Cocoa Beach that enables all current and previous ASF scholarship recipients to network among each other. The aerospace engineering student said, “The convention really feels like a big family reunion.” She was present for the Astronaut Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and loved staying at a hotel with other brilliant ASF scholars and astronauts. Former ASF recipients such as 1980s scholar, Lisa Schott, continue to attend the conference every year.

Boster's group at the Astronaut Scholars Conference
Boster’s group at the Astronaut Scholars Conference
At the four-day conference, around 40 scholars from across America presented research from a wide array of majors including chemistry, geography, physics and aerospace engineering.

Boster became interested in this field during her first encounters with the Astronomic Instrumentation Lab on the Texas A&M University campus, where she has been working on a project called VIRUS since her freshman year of her undergraduate career. Approximately 15 students and professors are working on VIRUS, a project in collaboration with schools such as The University of Texas, Penn State, Oxford, and many others around the world. Lab Manager Dr. Jennifer Marshall hired Boster during her freshman year and has acted as her mentor ever since.

Astronaut Scholars Conference
Astronaut Scholars Conference
Boster is now officially an alumnus of the ASF, and she plans to attend the conference every year if possible. “The conference is such a great opportunity” she said, “I want to stay involved, give back in funds, and help the next generation of scholars.”

The aerospace engineering student is currently a nominee for both the Marshall Scholarship and the Mitchell Scholarship, two national fellowships which will proceed to interviews during the month of November.

Boster interned with the Mars lander at Lockheed Martin in summer 2013, and plans to pursue a career in aerospace engineering when she graduates in December. She has a passion for international collaboration and plans to travel in order to further collaborative relationships between different countries in order to unify their uses of aerospace engineering.

Honors and Undergraduate Research (HUR) would like to congratulate Emily Boster on the 2012 ASF scholarship and wish her the best after her graduation in December. We are so proud of our students’ hard work. It definitely pays off!