2021 Gathright/Dean’s Excellence Award Winners

Chapter 053 of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is proud to announce the 2021 cohort of freshman and sophomore Gathright and Dean’s Excellence Award winners!

To see the list of 2021 Gathright Outstanding Juniors announced last spring, visit 2021 Gathright Outstanding Juniors Announced.

A black and white portrait of a bearded man in half-profile wearing a jacket and bowtie.
Portrait of President Thomas S. Gathright provided courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University

These awards were created in collaboration with LAUNCH: Academic Excellence to help recognize and celebrate outstanding first- and second-year students whose exceptional promise makes them good candidates for future awards.

Up to two students in each classification in each college can be selected for recognition; the top student is recognized with the Gathright Scholar Award and the second with the Dean’s Excellence Award. Up to two additional students in each classification in each college can selected for honorable mention. Students selected for recognition are invited to visit with Phi Kappa Phi officers as well as their college dean at a special breakfast each fall.

The students being recognized with the 2021 Gathright/Dean’s Excellence Awards are:

Agriculture and Life Science

  • Eber Villazana – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Miles Coltyn Cook – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Clayton Elbel – Sophomore Gathright Scholar
  • Josey Lynn Darby – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Architecture

  • Ekaansh Kalra – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Aidan Lozano – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award

Education and Human Development

  • Layla Rushing – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Emily Lucas – Sophomore Gathright Scholar

Engineering

  • Kevin Yao – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Angelina Baltazar – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Anita Sumali – Sophomore Gathright Scholar
  • Luke Batteas – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Liberal Arts

  • Jose Solis – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Julia Patterson – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Dana Dang – Sophomore Gathright Scholar
  • Mahera Muquith – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Mays Business School

  • Kade McAdams – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Ramyani Roy – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Joseph Rodgers – Sophomore Gathright Scholar
  • Aabid Razvi – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Nursing

  • Alyssa Akomer – Sophomore Gathright Scholar

Public Health

  • Matilin Rigsby – Sophomore Gathright Scholar
  • Prisha Patel – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Science

  • Connor Bowerman – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Elizabeth Lewis – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Brianna Bishop – Sophomore Gathright Scholar
  • Katherine Weaver – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

  • Ananya Pillai – Freshman Gathright Scholar
  • Tammy Tran – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Shruti Mavuri – Sophomore Gathright Scholar
  • Emily Orr – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

The following students achieved Honorable Mention:

Agriculture and Life Science

  •  Chris Barron – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Amanda Pastrano – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Engineering

  • Heather Chang – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Rishabh Vishnuraj Prasad – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Jeremy Thomas – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Liberal Arts

  • Reagan Smith – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Jake Turner – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Andrew Borseth – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Mays Business School

  • Colton Moraine – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Leah Kincaid – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Public Health

  • Riley Johnson – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Nimisha Srikanth – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Science

  • Adrienne Gruis – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Iris Yang – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Jordan Bass – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Nathan Davis – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

  • Michelle Nguyen – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Emily Leeke – Sophomore Honorable Mention

The application process includes a personal statement which outlines the student’s long-term goals, evidence of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments and awards, as well as a review of the student’s transcript.

Complete details for the application process can be found at http://tx.ag/DeansExcellenceAwards.

Support for the Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award and many other LAUNCH programs that enrich the undergraduate experience are generously supported by The Association of Former Students.

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Chloe Todd Selected for $20K Marcus L. Urann Fellowship

Chloe Todd, 2021 Marcus L. Urann Fellowship Recipient

Chloe Todd ’21, 2021 Texas A&M nominee to the ΦΚΦ Graduate Fellowship competition has been selected for one of eight named fellowships. Todd was selected for the Marcus L. Urann Fellowship, named for the organization’s founder, and will receive a $20,000 fellowship.

Todd, of Austin, TX, graduated in May 2021 with a degree in biology. While an undergraduate, she was in the University Honors Program, the Honors in Biology program, and conducted undergraduate research in the Gomer Lab. Todd was selected as the 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Science, as well as the 2020 University Outstanding Junior. She plans to attend medical school at Texas A&M and pursue a career in rural medicine.

Quoted in an announcement from the Phi Kappa Phi national office, Todd said, “I love that Phi Kappa Phi emphasizes learning for the love of learning itself. Other organizations focus on results – titles, volunteer hours, degrees. Phi Kappa Phi fosters those with a passion for learning knowing that the results will naturally follow. Each member is encouraged to explore their interests and use their talents so that they may change in world in ways both big and small, and they are given the network to help them through Phi Kappa Phi.”

Congratulations Chloe!

Chloe Todd Nominated for Graduate Fellowship

College Station, TX – Chloe Todd of Austin, TX, has been selected as the 2021 Texas A&M nominee for the national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship competition. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards 54 Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. Our chapter has a strong history in this competition; Texas A&M applicants have been awarded fellowships in 7 out of the last 10 years.

Todd received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter. The national fellowship recipients will be announced in mid-June.

Chloe Todd ’21, 2021 TAMU Nominee to ΦΚΦ Graduate Fellowship

Chloe Todd ’21 is a senior biology major and Spanish minor from Austin, TX. Todd is a member of the University Honors Program and Biology Honors Program, as well as a member of the Biology Honors Advisory Committee. For two and a half years, Todd has conducted research in the Department of Biology in the Gomer lab. Todd was selected as the 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Science, as well as the 2020 University Outstanding Junior. She is heavily involved with the Aggie Baptist Student Ministry, where she volunteers and leads a bible study. In the Department of Biology, Todd works in the Science Peer Learning Center as a peer tutor, and she has acted as a student advisor at New Student Conferences and a peer mentor for freshmen. She has also worked as a caregiver for geriatric patients with Comfort Keepers and as a nursery worker at her church, Central BCS, where she is an active member. Todd is passionate about leading and serving at mobile medical clinics, having traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands, and is planning a trip to the Dominican Republic. She has also served as a leader of an English Camp in Wölmersen, Germany for two summers. Beginning July 2021, Todd will be attending the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University through the Science to Medicine Program with the goal of becoming an emergency medicine physician in a rural setting.

MORE ABOUT THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI

FOUNDED IN 1897 AND HEADQUARTERED IN BATON ROUGE, LA., THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST SELECTIVE COLLEGIATE HONOR SOCIETY FOR ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND ANNUALLY INDUCTS APPROXIMATELY 32,000 STUDENTS, FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI. THE SOCIETY HAS CHAPTERS ON MORE THAN 300 SELECT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE PHILIPPINES. MEMBERSHIP IS BY INVITATION ONLY TO THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AND 7.5 PERCENT OF JUNIORS. FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOLARLY DISTINCTION ALSO QUALIFY.

SINCE ITS FOUNDING, MORE THAN 1 MILLION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INITIATED. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S MORE NOTABLE MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT M. GATES, NASA ASTRONAUT WENDY LAWRENCE, AUTHOR ERNEST GAINES AND BROADCAST JOURNALIST DEBORAH NORVILLE. NEARLY $1 MILLION IS AWARDED EACH BIENNIUM TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS AND MEMBERS THROUGH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS, MEMBER AND CHAPTER AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVES. THE SOCIETY’S MISSION IS “TO RECOGNIZE AND PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI, PLEASE CALL 800/804-9880 OR VISIT HTTP://WWW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORG.

2021 Gathright Outstanding Juniors Announced

The Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award is a collaboration between The Association of Former Students, LAUNCH: Academic Excellence, and the Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi that recognizes the top junior in each of the academic colleges at Texas A&M University.

Selection for the Phi Kappa Phi Gathright Outstanding Junior Award is based on an evaluation of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments/awards, and academic record, with the final selection criteria determined by the dean of each respective college.

The Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce the 2021 Gathright Outstanding Juniors! In alphabetical order by college, they are:

Name

Alyssa Low

Abigail Steudtner
Karissa McIntosh
Ashley Heim
Janet Rebollar-Trejo

Tessa Miller
Paige Wirth
Casey Black
Mary Blair McDaniel
Darby Johnson
William Dow
Shelley Brielle Mason

Briane Wharton
Rand Alagha

College

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
College of Architecture
Mays Business School
College of Dentistry
College of Education and Human Development
College of Engineering
College of Geosciences
College of Liberal Arts
College of Nursing
School of Public Health
College of Science
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Texas A&M at Galveston
Texas A&M at Qatar

Congratulations, all! The Gathright Oustanding Juniors and the University Outstanding Junior are announced at the Spring Induction Ceremony held in conjunction with Texas A&M’s annual Family Weekend.

Alyssa Low ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Alyssa Low is a junior biochemistry and genetics major from McKinney, TX. Alyssa is a President’s Endowed Scholar and is actively involved in the American Medical Student Association, having served as the Director of Programming and as the current Global Health Committee Chair. She is the Vice President of Academic and Special Events and will be the incoming Executive Vice President for the Honors Student Council. Alyssa is involved in research engineering DARPins, a class of synthetic proteins, as therapeutics in the Chen Lab at A&M’s College of Medicine and was previously a Nathan Schnaper Intern analyzing gene signatures of T-cells in the Singh Lab at the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center. Her passion for research has led her to join the Executive Board of the Explorations Journal to further highlight and promote undergraduate research. She currently works in the clinical laboratory at A.P. Beutel Health Center and volunteers with CHI St. Joseph Health.

Abigail Steudtner ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Architecture

Abby Steudtner is a junior environmental design major from Plano, TX with a minor in art with a new media emphasis. Steudtner is a proud member of the Texas A&M chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta, where she has held numerous leadership roles. The most notable is Online Media Director, which required her to effectively manage the chapter’s media sites. She also actively supports the chapter’s local and national philanthropies. Steudtner was previously awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Dean’s Excellence Award her freshman and sophomore year. Her future plans include continuing her education through pursuing a Master’s degree in Architecture.

Karissa McIntosh ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for Mays Business School

Karissa McIntosh is a junior accounting major from Spring, Texas. Karissa is the Chief Justice for the Texas A&M University Student Government Association Judicial Court. Prior to becoming the Chief Justice, Karissa also served as the Vice Chief Justice her sophomore year and was a Judicial Advocate her freshman year. She is also the President of the Pre-Law Society and has also served as a peer leader for the Mays Business School. In addition to her organizational involvements, Karissa also works as a tutor for the Texas A&M athletics department and enjoys being able to use her knowledge to help others reach their academic goals. After receiving her accounting degree, Karissa plans to attend law school and hopes to combine her passion for law with her business background. Karissa has also been recognized as a President’s Scholar and a Southerland Aggie Leader.

Ashley Heim ’21 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Dentistry

Ashley Heim is a senior dental hygiene major from Mount Pleasant, TX. Ashley is the honor council representative for her class and a student tutor for Biomedical Sciences I and II at the Texas A&M College of Dentistry. She is also a student consultant for the IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access) committee. She participated in undergraduate research through LAUNCH. Ashley has previously recognized as the January 2021 Distinguished Person of the Month and on the Dean’s List each semester. She plans to graduate in 2021 and pursue work as a clinical dental hygienist. Her future holds continuing her education and pursing a Master’s degree in Dental Hygiene or a dental degree.

Janet Rebollar-Trejo ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Education and Human Development

Janet Rebollar-Trejo is an allied health major from Houston, TX. Janet served as an Academic Peer Mentor for the Department of Residence life, providing one-on-one academic coaching sessions for struggling students. She achieved Level 3 Certified Mentor through the the International Peer Educator Training Program Certification (IPTPC). 

Tessa Miller ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Engineering

Tessa Miller is a junior Civil Engineering major from College Station, TX. She is an active member of Texas A&M’s student chapter of ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), where she served as membership chair and is currently serving as Vice President. In addition to this, she has been involved with ASCE’s Concrete Canoe team and was recently inducted into Chi Epsilon. In her sophomore year, Tessa traveled to Honduras for a week with Global Engineering Brigades to design a water system for a rural community. During her time at Texas A&M, Tessa has worked as a student research assistant for Texas A&M Transportation Institute, a peer teacher for an introductory engineering course, and completed two professional internships. She has been recognized on the Dean’s Honor Roll and was a recipient of the Sharon D. Bank Memorial Scholarship in Spring 2020. After graduation, Tessa plans to pursue a master’s degree in Structural Engineering.

Paige Wirth ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Geosciences

Paige Wirth is a junior environmental geoscience student with a minor in geographic information science and technology from Madison, Wisconsin. She is the Director of the Aggie Sustainability Coalition and the Student Outreach Intern for the Office of Sustainability, as well as a Senator for the College of Geosciences. She does research in the Geography Department on fire ecology in historical landscapes, and is in the University Honors Program. She has received the Phi Kappa Phi Gathright Deans Excellence Awards Freshman and Sophomore year in the College of Geosciences and was a university nominee to the Udall Scholarship.

Casey Black ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Liberal Arts

Casey Black is a junior double major in German and archaeology with a minor in museum studies from Boerne, Texas. Throughout her time in college, Casey has been an active member of MSC OPAS and has served as the 2020-2021 Director of Publicity and Advertising. Casey is the incoming Director of Student Development for the 49th Season of MSC OPAS. She has received the MSC First Year Involvement Award and the Harold W. Gaines Excellent Service Award for her involvement in MSC OPAS as well as the John. L. Thornton Premier Award for the most outstanding first year member. She was also a participant in the 68th Annual MSC Fall Leadership Conference last August. Casey is an Undergraduate Team Member for an ADVANCE COVID-19 Research Project that seeks to analyze the impacts of the pandemic on the work-life balance of university faculty, under Dr. Cynthia Werner. This summer, Casey plans on studying abroad in Germany with the A&M Germany Language and Culture Faculty-led program, where she will also participate in the AIB Internship Program. She plans on applying to graduate programs to later pursue a Masters and PhD in Archaeology.

Mary Blair McDaniel ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Nursing

Mary Blair McDaniel is a junior nursing major from Thorndale, TX. She is one of six Texas A&M College of Nursing students selected to pilot the honors program for the nursing school and will conduct research with a faculty member as part of this program to submit for publication. Blair is a Terry Scholar and has been an active member of the Terry Scholars Student Organization, serving as a chairman for the community service council. She participated in ASPIRE and served as a mentor for the program. Blair has given back to her community via organizations such as Texas Aggies Fighting Alzheimers, Future Aggie Nurses, and Texas A&M Christian Fellowship. She has also been a Supplemental Instructor for Biology 107 through the Academic Success Center. In April 2020, Blair was part of an interdisciplinary team of students that placed in the top ten for the Corona Task Force Engineering Competition at Texas A&M. Blair has a deep passion for caring for others and plans to obtain her Masters of Science in Nursing in order become a Family Nurse Practitioner so that she can one day provide healthcare to individuals in medically underserved communities.

Darby Johnson ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for School of Public Health

Darby Johnson is a public health major, biology minor, and a University Honors student from Shiner, TX. Darby has participated in the Broad Street Society and Qatar Student Leadership Exchange, and served as president of both Legett Community Council and Global Dental Brigades, through which she completed a service project abroad. She is also the leader of a lab team conducing research on spent coffee grounds and co-founder and vice-president of Convent Cause. Darby works on campus and has wide interests spanning anything from organic molecules and art history to evolutionary biology and Latin to classic literature, and volunteers extensively in the community and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Darby is consistently on the Dean’s List and plans to pursue a degree in dentistry and run her own practice.



William Dow ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Science

Will Dow chemistry and biology double major from Aubrey, TX. He is a member of both the Honors in Chemistry and Honors in Biology programs. Will has invested a significant amount of time is service including volunteering regularly at CHI St. Joseph hospital and clinic pre-pandemic, and serving as a peer-led team learning (PLTL) leader for organic chemistry I & II, a teaching assistant for calculus III, and a peer-mentor for the Hullabaloo-U program within the college of science. He has worked in Dr. David Bergbreiter’s lab studying recyclable catalyst/solvent systems since the fall of 2019. Will has previously been recognized with  CRC Outstanding First Year Chemistry award as well as the Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry award his sophomore year.

Shelley Brielle Mason ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Shelley Brielle Mason is a junior biomedical sciences major from Rowlett, TX. Brielle is a member of the Pre-Vet Society and the Lambda Sigma Honor Society. She currently works as an animal caretaker in the Nabity Lab and, for the past three semesters has conducted research with Dr. Sara Lawhon in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology. She also volunteers at Hope Reigns Ranch, a non profit horse rescue in Magnolia, TX. Brielle is passionate about caring for animals of all shapes and sizes. After graduating, she plans to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine and provide care for exotic animals.

Brianne Wharton ’21 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for Texas A&M Galveston

Brianne Wharton is a university studies – oceans and one health major with minors in chemistry and marine biology from Friendswood, Texas. She serves as the Vice President of the Lambda Kappa Alpha Honors Program, as as the Lead Chemistry Lab Technician, and a Student Ambassador for Texas A&M University at Galveston. Brianne is a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Scholar and Texas Sea Grant recipient, and is a Undergraduate Research Scholars program working on a thesis with Dr. Karl Kaiser on microplastics in Galveston Bay. She has received the Dean’s Honor Roll every semester. After graduation, Brianne plans to continue her studies and research as an M.S. student at the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Rand Alagha ’22 – 2021 Gathright Outstanding Junior for Texas A&M Qatar

Rand Alagha is a junior petroleum engineering major at Texas A&M University at Qatar. She is Palestinian and was born and raised in Qatar. As part of the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP), Rand conducts research in drilling, completion, and petrophysics. She has also conducted research about women in engineering as part of the Responsive Research Seed Program (RRSG). Rand serves as the President of the Palestinian Cultural Club, is one of the most active members in the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and is a member of the TAMUQ PetroBowl team which won second place in the regional (MENA) competition. She has gained valuable leadership experience by serving as a student orientation leader, a panelist, and through her participation in different Engineering Enrichment Programs. Rand was recently inducted into two honor societies: Pi Epsilon Tau and Tau Beta Pi and was recognized as a distinguished student by Texas A&M University at Qatar and as an outstanding student by the Petroleum Engineering department.  

MORE ABOUT THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI

FOUNDED IN 1897 AND HEADQUARTERED IN BATON ROUGE, LA., THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST SELECTIVE COLLEGIATE HONOR SOCIETY FOR ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND ANNUALLY INDUCTS APPROXIMATELY 32,000 STUDENTS, FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI. THE SOCIETY HAS CHAPTERS ON MORE THAN 300 SELECT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE PHILIPPINES. MEMBERSHIP IS BY INVITATION ONLY TO THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AND 7.5 PERCENT OF JUNIORS. FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOLARLY DISTINCTION ALSO QUALIFY.

SINCE ITS FOUNDING, MORE THAN 1 MILLION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INITIATED. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S MORE NOTABLE MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT M. GATES, NASA ASTRONAUT WENDY LAWRENCE, AUTHOR ERNEST GAINES AND BROADCAST JOURNALIST DEBORAH NORVILLE. NEARLY $1 MILLION IS AWARDED EACH BIENNIUM TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS AND MEMBERS THROUGH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS, MEMBER AND CHAPTER AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVES. THE SOCIETY’S MISSION IS “TO RECOGNIZE AND PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI, PLEASE CALL 800/804-9880 OR VISIT HTTP://WWW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORG.

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Electrical Engineering Graduate Student Selected for Love of Learning Award

Milad Soleimani, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been selected for a 2020 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award. The award was to support his research on future electric grids.

Soleimani is one of two hundred nationally selected, and the awards, valued at $500 each, help fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching/studies, and more. Congratulations!

Milad Soleimani, 2020 ΦΚΦ Love of Learning recipient, presents at a conference (pre-COVID).

We took this opportunity to ask Soleimani for insight on his decision to join Phi Kappa Phi and apply for the Love of Learning award, and offer advice to potential members and applicants.

How did you get involved with Phi Kappa Phi? What prompted you to join?

After the first year at Texas A&M University, I received several emails from different Honor societies. I decided to join Phi Kappa Phi because it is a prestigious honor society with a considerable award program.     

How did you find out about the Love of Learning Award? What was the application like?

I learned about Phi Kappa Phi award program on the society website. Useful information and details can be found on the website in this regard. The application was online and very convenient to complete. 

What advice would you give to future applicants?

Love of Learning Awards support post-baccalaureate professional development. I encourage all Aggie graduate students who are active Phi Kappa Phi members to fill the application for this award because they are eligible to apply if they have not received any awards from Phi Kappa Phi yet. Submitting the application is very convenient and does not take that much time.  

To learn more about the Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning award, as well as other awards and grants available to members, please visit https://www.phikappaphi.org/grants-awards.

MORE ABOUT THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI
FOUNDED IN 1897 AND HEADQUARTERED IN BATON ROUGE, LA., THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST SELECTIVE COLLEGIATE HONOR SOCIETY FOR ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND ANNUALLY INDUCTS APPROXIMATELY 32,000 STUDENTS, FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI. THE SOCIETY HAS CHAPTERS ON MORE THAN 300 SELECT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE PHILIPPINES. MEMBERSHIP IS BY INVITATION ONLY TO THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AND 7.5 PERCENT OF JUNIORS. FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOLARLY DISTINCTION ALSO QUALIFY.

SINCE ITS FOUNDING, MORE THAN 1 MILLION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INITIATED. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S MORE NOTABLE MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT M. GATES, NASA ASTRONAUT WENDY LAWRENCE, AUTHOR ERNEST GAINES AND BROADCAST JOURNALIST DEBORAH NORVILLE. NEARLY $1 MILLION IS AWARDED EACH BIENNIUM TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS AND MEMBERS THROUGH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS, MEMBER AND CHAPTER AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVES. THE SOCIETY’S MISSION IS “TO RECOGNIZE AND PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI, PLEASE CALL 800/804-9880 OR VISIT HTTP://WWW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORG.

2020 Gathright/Dean’s Excellence Award Winners

Chapter 053 of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is proud to announce the 2020 cohort of freshman and sophomore Gathright and Dean’s Excellence Award winners!

Portrait of President Thomas S. Gathright provided courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University

 

To see the list of 2020 Gathright Outstanding Juniors, announced last spring, visit 2020 Gathright Outstanding Juniors Announced

These awards were created in collaboration with LAUNCH: Academic Excellence to help recognize and celebrate outstanding first- and second-year students whose exceptional promise makes them good candidates for future awards.

Up to two students in each classification in each college can be selected for recognition; the top student is recognized with the Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award and the second with the Dean’s Excellence Award. Up to two additional students in each classification in each college can selected for honorable mention.LAUNCH: Academic Excellence Dean's Excellence AwardCollege of Agriculture and Life Science

  •  Dylan Sione – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Clayton Elbel – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Rachel Ng – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Alexis Snapp – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Mallory Moorefield – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Brianna Cheek – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Logan Rivera – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Architecture

  • Abigail Steudtner – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Education and Human Development

  • Alyssa Akomer – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Engineering

  • Bora Oztekin – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Hunter Syas – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Hamzah Issa – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Vivie Tran – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Kathleen Stephenson – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Nkemdi Anyiam – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Noble Gutierrez – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Geosciences

  • Paige Wirth – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Liberal Arts

  • Aya Hobeika – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Austin Biehle – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Haley Frank – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Essynce Lewis – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Ashlyn Chauhan – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Sophia North – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Annika Roberts – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Mays Business School

  • Grayson Winchester – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Neha Deshmukh – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Aabid Razvi – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Joseph Rodgers – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Sunjay Letchuman – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Sarah Sriram – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Larry Zhang – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Science

  • Katherine Weaver – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Vincent Yang – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Jordan Bass – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Joseph Chen – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Michael Pitonak – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Ryan Rahman – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Jacob Kuempel – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Annabel Perry – Sophomore Honorable Mention

School of Public Health

  • Babila Werema – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

  • Emily Leeke – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Yixin Zhang – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Emily Orr – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Kevin Rekoff – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Mariana Cantu – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Erin Nugent – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Jacob Menchaca – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Erik Pham – Sophomore Honorable Mention

The application process includes a personal statement which outlines the student’s long-term goals, evidence of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments and awards, as well as a review of the student’s transcript.

Complete details for the application process can be found at http://tx.ag/DeansExcellenceAwards.

Support for the Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award and many other LAUNCH programs that enrich the undergraduate experience are generously supported by The Association of Former Students. We truly appreciate all of the effort invested by LAUNCH, the officers of Phi Kappa Phi, and the deans in each academic college in recognizing these students!

Proudly supported by The Association of Former Students

MORE ABOUT THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI
FOUNDED IN 1897 AND HEADQUARTERED IN BATON ROUGE, LA., THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST SELECTIVE COLLEGIATE HONOR SOCIETY FOR ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND ANNUALLY INDUCTS APPROXIMATELY 32,000 STUDENTS, FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI. THE SOCIETY HAS CHAPTERS ON MORE THAN 300 SELECT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE PHILIPPINES. MEMBERSHIP IS BY INVITATION ONLY TO THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AND 7.5 PERCENT OF JUNIORS. FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOLARLY DISTINCTION ALSO QUALIFY.

SINCE ITS FOUNDING, MORE THAN 1 MILLION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INITIATED. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S MORE NOTABLE MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT M. GATES, NASA ASTRONAUT WENDY LAWRENCE, AUTHOR ERNEST GAINES AND BROADCAST JOURNALIST DEBORAH NORVILLE. NEARLY $1 MILLION IS AWARDED EACH BIENNIUM TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS AND MEMBERS THROUGH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS, MEMBER AND CHAPTER AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVES. THE SOCIETY’S MISSION IS “TO RECOGNIZE AND PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI, PLEASE CALL 800/804-9880 OR VISIT HTTP://WWW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORG.

Chloe Todd Selected as 2020 University Outstanding Junior

We are excited to announce that the 2020 Texas A&M University Outstanding Junior is Chloe Todd!

The choice for Texas A&M University Outstanding Junior is made by the officers of Eta Chapter through a process of resume review and interview from among college Outstanding Juniors. Given the caliber of this group, the decision is never an easy one! The student selected as Texas A&M University Outstanding Junior is given a $1000 scholarship.

2020 Texas A&M University Outstanding Junior Chloe Todd

Chloe Todd is a junior biology major and Spanish minor from Austin, TX. Todd is a member of the University Honors Program and Biology Honors Program, as well as a member of the Biology Honors Advisory Committee. For the past four semesters, Todd has conducted research in the Department of Biology in the Gomer lab. She is heavily involved with the Aggie Baptist Student Ministry, where she volunteers and has led a bible study. In the Department of Biology, Todd works in the Science Peer Learning Center as a peer tutor and student advisor at New Student Conferences, and she has acted as a peer mentor for freshmen. She also works as a caregiver for geriatric patients with Comfort Keepers and a nursery worker at her church, Central, where she is an active member. Todd is passionate about leading and serving at mobile medical clinics, having traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands and is planning a trip to the Dominican Republic. She has also served as a leader of an English Camp in Wölmersen, Germany for two summers. Todd will be attending the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University through the Science to Medicine Program after graduation.

MORE ABOUT THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI
FOUNDED IN 1897 AND HEADQUARTERED IN BATON ROUGE, LA., THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST SELECTIVE COLLEGIATE HONOR SOCIETY FOR ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND ANNUALLY INDUCTS APPROXIMATELY 32,000 STUDENTS, FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI. THE SOCIETY HAS CHAPTERS ON MORE THAN 300 SELECT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE PHILIPPINES. MEMBERSHIP IS BY INVITATION ONLY TO THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AND 7.5 PERCENT OF JUNIORS. FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOLARLY DISTINCTION ALSO QUALIFY.

SINCE ITS FOUNDING, MORE THAN 1 MILLION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INITIATED. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S MORE NOTABLE MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT M. GATES, NASA ASTRONAUT WENDY LAWRENCE, AUTHOR ERNEST GAINES AND BROADCAST JOURNALIST DEBORAH NORVILLE. NEARLY $1 MILLION IS AWARDED EACH BIENNIUM TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS AND MEMBERS THROUGH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS, MEMBER AND CHAPTER AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVES. THE SOCIETY’S MISSION IS “TO RECOGNIZE AND PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI, PLEASE CALL 800/804-9880 OR VISIT HTTP://WWW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORG.

2020 Gathright Outstanding Juniors Announced

The Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award is a collaboration between The Association of Former Students, LAUNCH: Academic Excellence, and the Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi that recognizes the top junior in each of the academic colleges at Texas A&M University.

Selection for the Phi Kappa Phi Gathright Outstanding Junior Award is based on an evaluation of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments/awards, and academic record, with the final selection criteria determined by the dean of each respective college.

The Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce the 2020 Gathright Outstanding Juniors! In alphabetical order by college, they are:

Name                                                    College
Kaydee Free                                       College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Kathryn Moore                                 College of Architecture
Sarah Roberts                                   Mays Business School
Katie Smith                                        College of Dentistry
Monica Nguyen                                College of Education and Human Development
Brady Allen                                        College of Engineering
Nicholas Pontikes                           College of Geosciences
Kalista Jordan-DeBruin                College of Liberal Arts
Tristen Hyde                                      College of Nursing
Holly Novak                                        School of Public Health
Chloe Todd                                          College of Science
Yann Chevalier                                  College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Madlyn Crist                                       Texas A&M at Galveston
Nadin Mohamed                                Texas A&M at Qatar

Congratulations, all! The Gathright Oustanding Juniors and the University Outstanding Junior are typically announced at the Spring induction ceremony. However, since all Family Weekend activities were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to publicly recognize the 2020 Outstanding Juniors at our Fall deans’ breakfast.

Kaydee Free ’21 –  2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Kaydee Free is a junior agricultural communications and journalism major from Salado, Texas. Kaydee is highly involved on and off campus. She is a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi where she has served as the Public Relations Chair. Kaydee is also passionate about the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She is currently in her third-year as a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences(COALS) Student Council. In COALS Council Kaydee has served as Public Relations Co-Chair and is currently serving as Public Relations Vice President. In her time she has implemented many new ideas to help advocate the message of COALS Council. She is also part of the Texas Angus Association. Kaydee has worked in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of the Dean for two years. She currently works under the Director of Academic Communications and assists in media projects as well as helps manage the college’s social media. In her time at Texas A&M University she was awarded the first ever Excellence in Agricultural Journalism Award.

Kathryn Moore ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Architecture

Kathryn Moore is a junior environmental design major from Carpentersville, IL with a minor in architectural heritage conservation. Moore volunteers her time with St. Mary’s Youth Retreat Team and has served as both a retreat leader and community coordinator for this organization. Moore also works for the 12th Man Foundation as a ticketing events assistant. In addition, Moore has been involved with the Texas A&M American Institute of Architecture Students chapter, served on a provost student task force, completed one professional internship and one summer as a Totus Tuus missionary, served as a studio representative in fall 2018, and has been recognized on the Dean’s List.

Sarah Roberts ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for Mays Business School

Sarah Roberts is a marketing and business honors major from Austin, TX with a minor in English and a professional writing certificate. Sarah is currently the Editor in Chief of the official undergraduate literary magazine of Texas A&M, The Eckleburg Project, which features undergraduate student art, photography, prose, and poetry. She is also a program assistant for the Full-Time MBA Program at Mays Business School, where she has worked for the past two years. During her time at Texas A&M, Sarah has volunteered with Big Event, the Brazos Valley Food Bank, and Northway Farms, a nonprofit helping homeless women and children. Sarah was previously recognized as the winner of the Neal Davis Law Firm National Essay Contest in 2018, and as a recipient of the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston scholarship in 2020.

Katie Smith ’20 –  2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Dentistry

Katie Smith is a senior dental hygiene major from Fallbrook, CA. Katie is the social chair for her class for the Student American Dental Hygiene Association. She is also a member of and a member of LIGHT, a volunteer organization through Texas A&M College of Dentistry. She participated in undergraduate research through LAUNCH.  Through it all, she has maintained her place on the Dean’s List. She plans to graduate in 2020 and pursue work as a clinical dental hygienist. Her future holds continuing her education and pursuing a Master’s degree in either public health or healthcare administration.

Monica Nguyen ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Education and Human Development

Monica Nguyen, from Austin, TX, is a proud first-generation college student majoring in Allied Health. Nguyen is a highly involved member of the TAMU chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Camp Kesem, serves as a student-teacher at her local church, and was a member of MedLife her freshman year. Nguyen volunteers through these organizations to give back to the community and also actively volunteers at CHI St. Joseph’s Hospital. She plans to pursue a masters’ degree in hopes of becoming a Physician’s Assistant.

Brady Allen ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Engineering

Brady Allen is a junior aerospace engineering major from Dallas, TX with a minor in mathematics. Allen is an avid undergraduate researcher, currently serves as the on-conference director for the 2020 MSC Spencer Leadership Conference, competes on the club triathlon team, and represents the university as a student ambassador for the aerospace engineering department. Allen has worked in Dr. Hartl’s Multifunctional Materials and Aerospace Structures Lab for two years and  presented his novel tourniquet design in Konstanz, Germany as part of the CASMART 3rd Student Design Challenge. Allen is a Brown Scholar, has completed two professional internships, been awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Dean’s Excellence Award twice, taken third place in the Boeing Innovation Challenge, and been selected for the Boeing Mentorship Program.

Nicholas Pontikes ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Geosciences

Nicholas Pontikes is a junior geology major from Plano, TX. Nicholas has spent much of his time at A&M involved in service leadership organizations, such as Aggies Selflessly Serving In Tomorrow and continuously participates in The Big Event. In addition, Nicholas is an active member in the geoscience community. Nicholas participates in the Student Geoscience Council on the career fair council, he is a member of the Geology and Geophysics Society, and he is a member of the Geoscience Honors Society. Nicholas has also been recognized on the Dean’s list for the past two years. During his time at A&M, Nicholas has had the opportunity to work in the field. Nicholas has travelled to New Mexico Central/West Texas, developing geologic maps and identifying rock units. Nicholas was also awarded an internship during the summer of 2019 with Martin Marietta where he logged drill cores throughout Texas and southern Oklahoma. In addition, Nicholas’ interest in geosciences brought him to the British Virgin Islands where he participated in an ecology focused research group. Most recently, Nicholas participated in research involving isotope concentration’s and paleoenvironments, under Dr. Marcantionio.

Kalista Jordan-Debruin ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Liberal Arts

Kalista Jordan-DeBruin is a junior double-majoring in international studies and economics with minors in Spanish and environmental geosciences. She is an incoming Vice President of Diversity for the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University and served as the 2019-2020 Chair of the MSC Leland T. and Jessie W. Jordan Institute for International Awareness. Kalista volunteers at the Brazos Interfaith Immigration Network and is involved with University Honors, Liberal Arts Cornerstone Honors, and International Studies Departmental Honors. She was a delegate to the Student Conference on National Affairs as well as the Spencer Leadership Conference and was a participant of the MSC Champe-Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar in Italy. Last summer, Kalista spent 3 months as a Wilderness Volunteer/Intern with the U.S. Forest Service – Gunflint Ranger District in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and will spend this summer working on the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Moab, Utah. In her free time, Kalista enjoys rock climbing, trivia, and spending time with her friends.

Tristen Hyde ’20 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Nursing

Tristen Hyde, is a nursing student from Mansfield, Texas. She currently serves as a Student Ambassador for the Texas A&M Opioid Task Force. She has served as Edifications officer and a Prayer Group Leader for Sigma Phi Lambda as well as Event Coordinator, Vice President, and President of Aggies Creating Sustainable Solutions. She has also volunteered extensively with non-profits both locally and abroad including The Adera Foundation in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and Northway Farms in College Station, Texas. After graduation Tristen plans to work in the Emergency Department at a large county hospital in DFW and eventually become trained and certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).

Holly Novak ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the School of Public Health

Holly Novak is a junior Public Health major from Spring, Texas. A former nationally registered and Texas licensed EMT, Novak plans to attend medical school to pursue a career in addiction treatment or dermatology. She is the founding president of Rho Delta Sigma, a co-ed service fraternity, that focuses on tropical disaster relief efforts. Novak conducts environmental toxicology research under guidance of faculty member Dr. Thomas McDonald. She has served as an ambassador for the School of Public Health as a Broad Street Society member and conducted research abroad in Vienna, Austria. Novak spends summers volunteering at Camp Discovery through the American Academy of Dermatology for kids with severe skin disorders where she gains hands-on medical training and shadowing experience. She is the undergraduate representative for the TAMU School of Public Health’s Curriculum Committee and has started a review and rejuvenation of courses. She is also a member of a national fitness organization called CHAARG and instructs girls on form and fitness. Novak has previously been recognized for the Dean’s Honor Roll.

Chloe Todd ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Science

Chloe Todd is a junior biology major and Spanish minor from Austin, TX. Todd is a member of the University Honors Program and Biology Honors Program, as well as a member of the Biology Honors Advisory Committee. For the past four semesters, Todd has conducted research in the Department of Biology in the Gomer lab. She is heavily involved with the Aggie Baptist Student Ministry, where she volunteers and has led a bible study. In the Department of Biology, Todd works in the Science Peer Learning Center as a peer tutor and student advisor at New Student Conferences, and she has acted as a peer mentor for freshmen. She also works as a caregiver for geriatric patients with Comfort Keepers and a nursery worker at her church, Central, where she is an active member. Todd is passionate about leading and serving at mobile medical clinics, having traveled to the Turks and Caicos Islands and is planning a trip to the Dominican Republic. She has also served as a leader of an English Camp in Wölmersen, Germany for two summers. Todd will be attending the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University through the Science to Medicine Program after graduation.

Yann Chevalier ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

Yann Chevalier is a junior biomedical science major from Houston, TX with a minor in neuroscience. Chevalier is a member of the American Medical Student Association and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Chevalier has been actively engaged in volunteering and has shadowed in the Fort Bend Diagnostic Center Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Chevalier is also on the Dean’s Honor Roll. After graduating, Chevalier plans to apply to medical school and pursue a career in medicine.

Madlyn Crist ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for Texas A&M at Galveston

Madlyn Crist is a junior marine sciences major from Erie, Pennsylvania with a minor in chemistry. She currently serves as the President of the Lambda Kappa Alpha Honors Program at Texas A&M – Galveston, helping organize events like Relay for Life and Habitat for Humanity builds. Crist has participated in undergraduate research with Dr. Olbelina Ulloa, presenting her research at the LAUNCH Undergraduate Research Symposium at Texas A&M and the Texas A&M Galveston Student Research Symposium. When she is not in the lab, she can be seen working in the Human Resources office at Texas A&M – Galveston.

Nadin Mohamed ’21 – 2020 Gathright Outstanding Junior for Texas A&M at Qatar

Nadin Mohamed is a junior electrical engineering major at Texas A&M in Qatar. She is also pursuing minors in Mathematics and Physics. Mohamed was recognized on the Dean’s Honor Roll in spring 2018, and was previously recognized by the Eta Kappa Nu honor society and Tau Beta Pi honor society. She have also gained a fair share of valuable leadership experience in several group projects and has built valuable hands-on experience as part of the “Student Engineering Enrichment” program at TAMUQ.

MORE ABOUT THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI
FOUNDED IN 1897 AND HEADQUARTERED IN BATON ROUGE, LA., THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST SELECTIVE COLLEGIATE HONOR SOCIETY FOR ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES AND ANNUALLY INDUCTS APPROXIMATELY 32,000 STUDENTS, FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI. THE SOCIETY HAS CHAPTERS ON MORE THAN 300 SELECT COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN NORTH AMERICA AND THE PHILIPPINES. MEMBERSHIP IS BY INVITATION ONLY TO THE TOP 10 PERCENT OF SENIORS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AND 7.5 PERCENT OF JUNIORS. FACULTY, PROFESSIONAL STAFF AND ALUMNI WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOLARLY DISTINCTION ALSO QUALIFY.

SINCE ITS FOUNDING, MORE THAN 1 MILLION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INITIATED. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S MORE NOTABLE MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT M. GATES, NASA ASTRONAUT WENDY LAWRENCE, AUTHOR ERNEST GAINES AND BROADCAST JOURNALIST DEBORAH NORVILLE. NEARLY $1 MILLION IS AWARDED EACH BIENNIUM TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS AND MEMBERS THROUGH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS, MEMBER AND CHAPTER AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVES. THE SOCIETY’S MISSION IS “TO RECOGNIZE AND PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI, PLEASE CALL 800/804-9880 OR VISIT HTTP://WWW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORG.

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2019 Gathright/Dean’s Excellence Award Winners

Chapter 053 of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is proud to announce the 2019 cohort of freshman and sophomore Gathright and Dean’s Excellence Award winners!

Portrait of President Thomas S. Gathright provided courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University

To see the list of 2019 Gathright Outstanding Juniors, announced last spring, visit 2019 Gathright Outstanding Juniors Announced

These awards were created in collaboration with LAUNCH: Academic Excellence to help recognize and celebrate outstanding first- and second-year students whose exceptional promise makes them good candidates for future awards. Starting in 2019, the Dean’s Excellence Award process was merged with the Gathright Scholars award.

Up to two students in each classification in each college can be selected for recognition; the top student is recognized with the Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award and the second with the Dean’s Excellence Award. Up to two additional students in each classification in each college can selected for honorable mention. Students selected for recognition are invited to visit with Phi Kappa Phi officers as well as their college dean at a special breakfast each fall.

The students being recognized with the 2019 Dean’s Excellence Award are:

College of Agriculture and Life Science

  •  Cody McQueen – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Mallory Moorefield – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Katharine Tyson – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Evan Berger – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Architecture

  • Abigail Steudtner – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Education and Human Development

  • Mary McQuade – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Haley Olsovsky – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Samantha Gonzales – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Jennifer Porter – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Engineering

  • Meghan Truong – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Furkan Toprak – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Qiji Lian – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Brady Allen – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Geosciences

  • Paige Wirth – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Andrew Vita – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Liberal Arts

  • Emily Mann – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Paige Stevenson – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Sheridan Steen – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Madison Poe – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Mays Business School

  • Sunjay Letchuman – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Sarah Sriram – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Elena Bacon – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Rachel Bayless – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Science

  • Ryan Rahman – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Jacob Kuempel – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Rachel Porter – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Bridger Freeman – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

  • Mariana Cantu – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Brittany Landavazo – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Joshua Korb – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

The following students achieved Honorable Mention:

College of Agriculture and Life Science

  •  Emalee Hoffman – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Education and Human Development

  • Katherine Everhard – Freshman Honorable Mention

College of Engineering

  • Noble Gutierrez – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • John Blausen – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Ian Xia – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Liberal Arts

  • Joshua Carley – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Sophia North – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Lucas Mendoza – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Antonio Partida – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Mays Business School

  • John Tucker – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Science

  • William Chisholm – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Bryce Olinger – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Yahui Xie – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

  •  Charles Lee – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Jacob Menchaca – Freshman Honorable Mention

The application process includes a personal statement which outlines the student’s long-term goals, evidence of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments and awards, as well as a review of the student’s transcript.

Complete details for the application process can be found at http://tx.ag/DeansExcellenceAwards.

Support for the Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award and many other LAUNCH programs that enrich the undergraduate experience are generously supported by The Association of Former Students.

Proudly supported by The Association of Former Students

Karissa Yamaguchi Selected for Graduate Fellowship

College Station, TX – 2019 genetics graduate Karissa Yamaguchi ’19, the 2018 Texas A&M University Outstanding Junior and 2019 chapter nominee to the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship, has been awarded one of 53 fellowships worth $8500. Congratulations!

To see Yamaguchi’s full bio, please visit her nomination announcement.

Karissa Yamaguchi 19, 2019 ΦΚΦ Graduate Fellowship winner

MORE ABOUT THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI
FOUNDED IN 1897 AND HEADQUARTERED IN BATON ROUGE, LA., THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI IS THE NATION’S OLDEST AND MOST SELECTIVE COLLEGIATE HONOR SOCIETY FOR ALL ACADEMIC DISCIPLINES. THE SOCIETY’S MISSION IS “TO RECOGNIZE AND PROMOTE ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE IN ALL FIELDS OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND TO ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY OF SCHOLARS IN SERVICE TO OTHERS.” SINCE ITS FOUNDING, MORE THAN 1 MILLION MEMBERS HAVE BEEN INITIATED. SOME OF THE ORGANIZATION’S MORE NOTABLE MEMBERS INCLUDE FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT M. GATES, NASA ASTRONAUT WENDY LAWRENCE, AUTHOR ERNEST GAINES AND YOUTUBE COFOUNDER CHAD HURLEY. PHI KAPPA PHI AWARDS NEARLY $1 MILLION EACH BIENNIUM TO QUALIFYING STUDENTS AND MEMBERS THROUGH GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS, UNDERGRADUATE STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS, MEMBER AND CHAPTER AWARDS AND GRANTS FOR LOCAL AND NATIONAL LITERACY INITIATIVES.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE HONOR SOCIETY OF PHI KAPPA PHI, PLEASE CALL 800/804-9880 OR VISIT HTTP://WWW.PHIKAPPAPHI.ORG.

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