Congratulations to 2017 Texas A&M University Outstanding Junior Kendal Ezell on being selected for an Astronaut Scholarship Foundation award!

Kendal Ezell ‘18 and Brooke Versaw ‘18 have been selected to receive 2017 Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Astronaut Scholarship awards. Both students previously received Honorable Mention recognition in the 2017 Goldwater scholarship competition. In 1984, the six surviving members of the Mercury 7 mission created the scholarship to encourage students to pursue scientific endeavors. Today the […]

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Joshua Fuller ’17 Selected for $5K Graduate Fellowship

College Station, TX – Joshua Fuller ’17 of Flagstaff, AZ, has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Fuller, who graduated in May, also received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter and received the Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award at graduation for his outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and involvement. Fuller’s selection for this honor makes this four years in a row that an Aggie has been selected.

Fuller graduated with dual bachelor’s degrees in psychology and Spanish with a minor in neuroscience. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Boston University.

2017 PKP Graduate Fellowship awardee Joshua Fuller ’17 is acknowledged during the graduation ceremony for earning a Brown Foundation-Earl Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award.

Fuller is among 51 students nationwide to receive one of the $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships. Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year.

The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

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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Joshua Fuller Nominated for Graduate Fellowship

May 17, 2017

College Station, TX – Joshua Fuller ’17 of Flagstaff, Arizona, has been selected as the 2017 Texas A&M nominee for the national Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship competition. Each year, Phi Kappa Phi – the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines – awards fifty-one Fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Fuller received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter. The finalists of the national fellowship recipients will be announced in early June.

PKP Graduate Fellowship Nominee, Joshua Fuller ’17

Fuller, an Honors Psychology and Spanish double major, graduated in May 2017 and will begin his studies in the fall towards a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Boston University. In conjunction with his graduate studies, Josh will conduct Alzheimer’s disease research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging. Josh will be working on the Colombian Kindred Cohort study of autosomal dominant Alzheimer’s disease – a study of the rare form of familial Alzheimer’s disease that has been featured on “60 Minutes.” Josh is interested in neuropsychological assessment of Alzheimer’s disease and hopes to contribute to the better characterization of the subtlest cognitive changes that constitute the earliest detectable preclinical stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding these subtle cognitive changes is crucial research that tandems with pharmacological advancement; whenever a preclinical prevention medication is available for Alzheimer’s disease, identifying the earliest changes of the disease is critical to successful administration of the drug before significant neurodegeneration occurs.

During his time at Texas A&M University, Josh has conducted research with Dr. Steve Balsis and Dr. Annmarie MacNamara. In the Balsis lab, Josh has teamed up with graduate students and Dr. Balsis to use large national databases of Alzheimer’s disease patients and advanced statistical modeling to investigate unanswered questions about the basic science of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2016, he completed his undergraduate Honors thesis which presented an empirically-driven model of temporal lobe sub-region degeneration across the Alzheimer’s disease spectrum. He also investigated the relationship between neuropsychiatric symptoms (e.g., depression, anxiety, hallucinations, etc.) and the Alzheimer’s disease continuum, presenting this statistical model in 2016 at the National Academy of Neuropsychology 36th Annual Meeting where he was awarded a coveted student poster award. In the fall of 2016, Josh also joined the lab of Dr. MacNamara where he worked alongside other lab members to use electroencephalogram (EEG) to investigate emotions in psychiatric health and disease.

For Josh, Phi Kappa Phi’s motto – “Let the Love of Learning Rule Humanity” – means far more than learning inside of the classroom. Josh has been widely involved at Texas A&M University, serving as the President of the Honors Student Council and Chair of the Student Affairs Fee Advisory Board. Josh has also mentored students as a Fish Camp counselor and peer mentor in the Honors Housing Community. Drawing on these experiences, in 2016 he helped found and direct two new student organizations: Texas A&M Christian Healthcare Leaders and Texas Aggies Fighting Alzheimer’s. Josh also worked part time for the Alzheimer’s Association, a national 501(c)(3) non-profit, as the Bryan/College Station area’s regional outreach intern. Through his work, Josh helped coordinate the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s – a fundraising and awareness event attended by 650 walkers that raised $75,000 for Alzheimer’s research, support, and care. In recognition for his academic achievement, impact at A&M, and contributions to the community, Josh was awarded the Brown Foundation Ear Rudder Memorial Outstanding Student Award at graduation in May of 2017.

When asked to offer advice to future fellowship applicants, Fuller said:

“I think an important concept that Texas A&M has taught me is that my education is not about me… it is about how I can best use my skills to better mankind. As an applicant for the Phi Kappa Phi fellowship, I think it is important to emphasize how your education will allow you to shape our world for the better. By participating in service activities and leadership positions, you can demonstrate to the committee that you are committed to using your education to improve the lives of others through the ‘love of learning.’”

Kendal Ezell Named TAMU 2017 Outstanding Junior

April 12, 2017

The Texas A&M University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP), the oldest and largest interdisciplinary honor society in the United States, selected Kendal Ezell, Dwight Look College of Engineering, as the 2017 University Outstanding Junior during an awards ceremony held April 9.  Ezell received a $1,000 scholarship and a plaque.

2017 University Outstanding Junior Kendal Ezell

Kendal Ezell is a biomedical engineering major with a minor in neuroscience. Ezell has conducted research Dr. mark Packard in Institute of Neuroscience on the relationship between emotions and learning-memory, with Dr. Jeremy Wasser in the Germany Biosciences Study Abroad Program on biotech device design, and with Dr. Duncan Maitland in the Biomedical Device Lab on shape memory polymers. Her extensive research has produced three publication, one of which she is first author, and numerous abstract presentations. Ezell is an Undergraduate Research Scholar, completing a thesis with Dr. Maitland on shape memory polymer foams for clinical treatment of brain aneurysms. She is incredibly active in campus organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Student Engineers’ Council, and Biomedical Engineering Student Ambassadors. Ezell is a member of both the Engineering Honors program and the University Honors Program. Among her long list of awards and recognition, Ezell has received Honorable Mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition, and has been nominated for an Astronaut Scholarship Award

Ten additional students were honored as the “Outstanding Juniors” from their respective academic college, each receiving a $500 scholarship and a plaque. For profile sketches of each college Outstanding Junior, please see: http://wp.me/p3D5V6-2S. 


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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2017 Outstanding Juniors Announced, 278 Inducted

April 12, 2017

On April 9, 2017, the Texas A&M Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi hosted its annual induction ceremony in Rudder Theatre, inducting 278 new members into our prestigious organization and the perspective of “let[ting] the love of learning rule humanity.” Dr. Nancy Dickey, physician and professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center, gave the keynote address, making the point to the newly inducted members that “curiosity nurtured, captured, and directed results in a love of learning.” Dr. Dickey is a past president of the Texas A&M Health Science Center and of the American Medical Association, and the first woman to hold either of these positions.

Dr. Nancy Dickey

The induction ceremony is also our opportunity to recognize the superior accomplishments of a few of this already excellent group. Each year, the our campus chapter invites deans to select the most outstanding junior in their respective colleges. The students selected are honored as the Outstanding Junior for their college and are invited to serve as student vice-presidents of our local chapter.

In alphabetical order by college, the 2017 Outstanding Juniors are:

Name                                 College
Kolby Broussard                College of Architecture
Kasey Heath                      College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Hannah Smith                   College of Education and Human Development
Chinmaz Nadiri                 College of Geosciences
Loraine Maxwell               College of Liberal Arts
Lindsey Ray                       College of Science
Sarah Speights                  College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Kendall Ezel                      College of Engineering
Rachel Keathley                Mays Business School
Samuel Rieta                     Texas A&M at Galveston
Shaika Al-Qahtani            Texas A&M at Qatar

2017 Outstanding Juniors
Top row: (left to right) Kasey Heath, Sarah Speights, Samuel Rieta, Hannah Smith, Rachel Keathley
Bottom Row: Shaika Al-Qahtani, Kendal Ezell, Kolby Broussard,, Loraine Maxwell, Lindsey Ray
Not Pictured: Chimnaz Nadiri


Each college Outstanding Junior is invited to interview with the TAMU Phi Kappa Phi Executive Committee and a University Outstanding Junior is selected based on academic merit, research and/or creative production, community engagement, and the student’s record of accomplishments & awards. The University Outstanding Junior is announced at the annual induction ceremony held each spring. Please keep reading for short bio-sketches of each Outstanding Junior:

Kolby Broussard is a construction science major with minors in business and leadership in the design and construction professions. Broussard has worked as a student assistant in the Offices of the Dean of Student Life and as an intern for Alexander Hunt Distinct Homes. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders – Student Chapter and the Texas A&M Dove Hunters Association. Broussard has previously been recognized with a Gathright Award.

Kasey Heath is an agricultural communications and journalism major with minors in agronomy and horticulture. Heath has worked for the Aggieland Prospective Student Center and as a sales intern for AgriGold, and last summer was a participant in the Namibia Photojournalism and Cultural Pluralism in Agriculture study abroad program. He served as Vice-President of Public Relations for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (C.O.A.L.S.) Student Council and as an Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communication Department Peer Advisor. Heath has previously been recognized as College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Study Abroad Photo Contest Grand Champion and with the Outstanding Student Award from the department of Agricultural Communications and Journalism.

Hannah Smith is an interdisciplinary studies major from Montgomery, TX. Smith has been active both in campus organizations such as International Student Mentor Association, Association for Childhood Education, and Aggie School Volunteers, as well as working for employers such as Texas A&M Rec Center and Walt Disney World. She also created and managed a small catering and specialty baking company.

Chimnaz Nadiri is a geophysics major with minors in geology and mathematics. She currently works as a research assistant at the International Ocean Discovery Program. Her project involves paleo-environmental reconstruction of late-Pleistocene bottom water conditions in the Maldives, central Indian Ocean based on ostracods and their paleooceanographic significance. Nadiri has presented her research at the American Geophysical Union meeting. She is fluent in Azerbaijani, Russian, Turkish, and English. Nadiri serves as Treasurer for the Azerbaijani Student Association and as in the Geosciences Tutor program, providing assistance to peers in math, physics, and mineralogy, and has previously been recognized with a Gathright Award.

Loraine Maxwell is an economics major in an accelerated dual degree program, also completing requirements for a Master’s of Public Service and Administration with a concentration in public policy analysis and state & local government. Maxwell has experience working as an intern with Katherine Overbeck Maxwell CPA, PLLC and as a graduate assistant for the Texas Transportation Institute. She has worked with local nonprofits through the Bush Board Fellows Program, served as Public Relations Chair for the Association of Cornerstone Students, and is an active member of the Liberal Arts Student Council. Maxwell has also studied Abroad at the Texas A&M Santa Chiara Study Center in Castiglioni Fiorentino, Italy.

Lindsey Ray is a mathematics major with a minor in applied learning – science, technology, engineering, and math. Ray has worked as a salesperson for Barnes & Noble, as a business math tutor, and as a counselor for Girlstart and Camp Kids-R-Awesome. She serves as Treasurer for AggieTEACH, and has volunteered through Phi ETA Sigma.

Sarah Speights is a biomedical sciences major. She has conducted undergraduate research in Dr. Robert Watson’s Microbial Pathogenesis & Immunology lab, as well as completed extensive volunteering and shadowing at St. Joseph Regional Health Center and Methodist Hospital – San Antonio. Speights has also worked as an intern at The Fertility Center of San Antonio and facilitated a three-day medical clinic as part of the Nicaragua Medical Brigade. Speights has built extensive leadership experience through her roles as President and Service Executive Chair of Ryllies Women’s Organization, Fundraising Director of the Global Medical Brigade, Fish Camp Counselor, and as a mentor in Freshman Leaders Advancing in Service and Honor (FLASH). She has completed week-long mission trips to Haiti in 2013, 2014, and 2016, and has also been involved on campus as an Aggie Muster host, Conference on Student Government Association host, and as a participant in flag football intramurals.

Kendal Ezell is a biomedical engineering major with a minor in neuroscience. Ezell has conducted research Dr. Mark Packard in Institute of Neuroscience on the relationship between emotions and learning-memory, with Dr. Jeremy Wasser in the Germany Biosciences Study Abroad Program on biotech device design, and with Dr. Duncan Maitland in the Biomedical Device Lab on shape memory polymers. Her extensive research has produced three publication, one of which she is first author, and numerous abstract presentations. Ezell is an Undergraduate Research Scholar, completing a thesis with Dr. Maitland on shape memory polymer foams for clinical treatment of brain aneurysms. She is incredibly active in campus organizations such as Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Student Engineers’ Council, and Biomedical Engineering Student Ambassadors. Ezell is a member of both the Engineering Honors program and the University Honors Program. Among her long list of awards and recognition, Ezell has received Honorable Mention in the Goldwater Scholarship competition, and has been nominated for an Astronaut Scholarship Award.

Rachel Keathley is a business honors and management double-major with minors in Spanish and economics. Keathley has extensive international experience, having completed Study Abroad experiences in Italy, Costa Rica, Panama, South Africa & Swaziland, and Nicaragua. She has built significant professional experience as an Event Coordinator for the Mays Business Honors Program and as an intern for U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (TX-17). Keathley has also been highly involved on campus, taking on progressively more responsibility within Student Government Association, Philadelphia Sisters, Memorial Student Center (MSC) Wiley Lecture Series and MSC Freshman Leadership International. Keathley has previously been recognized with a Gathright Award.

Samuel Rieta is a maritime studies major and a member of the TAMU Galveston Honors Program. He has extensive volunteer experience working on the Tall Ship Elissa at the Texas Seaport Museum. He has established leadership skills in his work as a senior lifeguard and Assistant Manager at the Blue Water Swim School and as a Peer Educator at the Counseling and Career Services office at TAMU Galveston. Rieta served as a Sophomore Class Representative and continues to be an active member in Lambda Kappa Alpha Honor Society.

Shaikha Al-Qahtani is an electrical engineering major. Al-Qahtani is fluent in Arabic and English, and is building proficiency in Korean and Japanese. She has conducted undergraduate research on the importance of measuring density and medications that offer protection from harmful gas emissions, as well as worked on concrete structures as part of the Al-Bariq program with Qatar University. Al-Qahtani worked as a summer intern with RasGas, winning recognition as Summer Intern Star. Al-Qahtani is active in the Voice of Qataris organization, serves as President for Women in Egineering – IEEE, and has organized events such as the “Bright Thoughts” book fair event for Al-Khor Independent Secondary School for Girls and a summer art workshop for girls through the Al-Khor Cultural Center. She is also an accomplished artist and author, earning multiple recognitions for the National Day art event. Al-Qahtani produced illustrations for the book “A Sky Without Stars,” and published a childrens’ book, “Exploring Engineering,” through TAMU Qatar which is now used in schools throughout the country. Among her long list of accolades, Al-Qahtani earned a place on the Dean’s Honor Roll in 2016 and has been selected to Tau Beta Pi and Eta Kappa Nu.

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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Robert Hunt ’16 Awarded $5K Graduate Fellowship

College Station, TX – Robert Hunt ’16, of Austin, Texas, has been awarded a Graduate Fellowship worth $5,000 by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi–the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Hunt also received a $500 scholarship as the nominee from the local chapter.

Robert, a biomedical engineering major and Engineering Honors student, graduated in May 2016 and has begun studies toward an M.S. in bioengineering at Stanford University. As part of his studies, Robert is participating in the Stanford Biodesign program, an initiative to improve healthcare through the innovation of new medical technology. Robert is specifically interested in improving the diagnostic capabilities of our doctors, especially those in developing countries, by developing novel medical imaging systems and techniques. His future plans include transitioning to the medtech industry and perhaps becoming a clinical engineer, working directly with both medical professionals and design engineers.

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2016 Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship awardee, Robert Hunt ’16

Asked to offer advice to future applicants, Robert said:

Firstly, start building strong relationships with your professors, employers, and roll-models early on, and do not let those relationships fade away. The benefits of such relationships are enormous, and are reaped by both parties. These mentors can provide you with great advice as you transition into the next phase of your life, whether that be graduate school, full-time employment, or any other pursuit. In regard to the Phi Kappa Phi application, letters of recommendation play a big role, and you will get the best letters from mentors that know you beyond what they see in the classroom/workplace.

My second piece of advice is to find a way to apply your intellectual strengths to some sort of service activity. Showing brilliance in the classroom is one thing, but your application will really shine if you can talk about how you utilize your skills to make society a better place. To go one step further, talk about how you plan to continue (and perhaps expand on) this service in your future career. And, of course, do your best to follow through with that plan!

Hunt is among 51 students nationwide to receive a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. He is the twenty-first Aggie to receive the honor since 1980. To see a full listing of award winners from Texas A&M, visit http://pkptamu053.tamu.edu/History/Graduate-Fellowship-Awards.

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society’s most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, allocating $345,000 annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. Currently, 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six of $15,000 are awarded each year.

The selection process for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships is based on the applicants’ evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance at an approved graduate or professional program.

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 1.25 million members have been initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, U.S. Representative Morris Udall, author Rita Dove and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 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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2016 Outstanding Juniors Announced

Each year, the Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi invites deans to select the most outstanding junior in their respective colleges. The students selected are honored as the Outstanding Junior for their college and are invited to serve as student vice-presidents of our local chapter.

In alphabetical order by college, the 2016 Outstanding Juniors are:

Name                                 College
Madelyn Walker              College of Architecture
Jonathan Ellison             College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Erin Jaroszewski             College of Education and Human Development
Adrianna Culbreth          College of Geosciences
Travis Askew                   College of Liberal Arts
Ali Jalal                             College of Science
Cassie Weyland               College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Hannah Silverberg          Dwight Look College of Engineering
Logan McDivitt                Mays Business School
Fabiola Casas                    Texas A&M at Galveston
Abdulla Al-Mohannadi    Texas A&M at Qatar

Each college Outstanding Junior is invited to interview with the TAMU Phi Kappa Phi Executive Committee and a University Outstanding Junior is selected based on academic merit, research and/or creative production, community engagement, and the student’s record of accomplishments & awards. The University Outstanding Junior is announced at the annual induction ceremony held each spring. Please keep reading for short bio-sketches of each Outstanding Junior:

2016 College of Architecture Outstanding Junior, Madelyn Walker

2016 College of Architecture Outstanding Junior, Madelyn Walker

Madelyn Walker is majoring in Environmental Design and plans to attend graduate school for a Masters of Architecture. She is involved in multiple organizations at Texas A&M, including the American Institute of Architecture Students, Preservation and Conservation Student Society, and Christian Architecture Leaders. Outside of Texas A&M, Madelyn works as an intern at a local architecture firm. Walker is a President’s Endowed Scholar and has been honored with the Gathright Scholar Award as well as the Kelly Vrooman Endowed Scholarship and Joseph Donaldson Award from the Department of Architecture.

2016 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Junior, Jonathan Ellison

2016 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Junior, Jonathan Ellison

Jonathan Ellison is an Agricultural Economics and Animal Science double major. He is involved both on and off campus in numerous student organizations related to his college and career interests. Ellison has served in several capacities on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council during his tenure as a student, and currently holds the position of President. While maintaining his responsibilities in the classroom and in student organizations, Ellison is also very active in volunteer work and is employed. Ellison’s hard work and dedication to academic success has him recognition on the Dean’s List as well as the Gathright Scholar Award.

2016 College of Education and Human Development Outstanding Junior, Erin Jaroszewski

2016 College of Education and Human Development Outstanding Junior, Erin Jaroszewski

Erin Jaroszewski is majoring in Human Resource Development with a minor in Business Administration.  She is a founding member of Aggie Students in Human Resource Development and on the United Campus Ministry leadership team.  Jaroszewski is a student worker for the math department and will be interning with Solvay this summer in the compensation and benefits department.  Post-graduation Jaroszewski would like to work in corporate talent acquisition.

2016 College of Geosciences Outstanding Junior, Adrianna Culbreth

2016 College of Geosciences Outstanding Junior, Adrianna Culbreth

Adrianna Culbreth is an environmental studies major with a minor in Geography. She has previously conducted undergraduate research on rip currents and soil respiration in Costa Rica through TAMU Study Abroad in summer 2015. Culbreth is currently researching stakeholder relationships in the resiliency of the Texas coast with Dr. Chris Houser, Associate Dean of the College of Geosciences, as well as black carbon content in the snowpack in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Culbreth is a member of Pre-law society and College Republicans.

2016 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Junior, Travis Askew

2016 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Junior, Travis Askew

Travis Askew is an international studies major with minors in Spanish and history. In the fall of 2016 he will start graduate courses at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service with a focus in International Affairs. Askew has participated in Study Abroad in Costa Rica and serves as the director of programming for the Memorial Student Center’s Student Conference on National Affairs.

2016 College of Science Outstanding Junior, Ali Jalal

2016 College of Science Outstanding Junior, Ali Jalal

Ali Jalal is a biology major with a minor in mathematics who plans to attend medical school after graduation. He is a member of Autism Speaks U at TAMU, Texas A&M pre-medical society, and the University Honors Program and is a recipient of the Gathright Scholar Award. Jalal has conducted undergraduate research in Dr. Robin Fuchs-young lab, working in effects of nutrition in tumorigenesis and also in Dr. Ben Zoghi’s lab, working on development of RFID technology. In the future, Jalal plans to take part in the Phi Kappa Phi honor society executive committee, and conduct research in neuroscience with Dr. Mary Meagher and ecosystem management with Dr.  Ayumi Hyodo’s lab.

2016 College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Outstanding Junior, Cassie Weyland

2016 College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Outstanding Junior, Cassie Weyland

Cassie Weyland is a biomedical sciences major from Houston, TX. She regularly volunteers with the Biomedical Sciences Association, which she has been a member of since her freshman year. In addition to her service in the BCS area she also volunteers at St. Vincent’s Clinic, a free clinic that serves the uninsured of the greater Galveston area. Through two internships at NASA, Weyland enjoyed gaining experience in the field of aerospace medicine. She spent the previous summer doing genetics cancer research at MD Anderson, followed by a trip to Nicaragua with Global Medical Brigades to assist in the running of a temporary clinic for some of their underserved communities. She hopes to use this experience as a stepping stone to working with organizations like Doctors Without Borders in the future. She is a two-time recipient of the Biomedical Sciences Association scholarship.

2016 Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Junior, Hannah Silverberg

2016 Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Junior, Hannah Silverberg

Hannah Silverberg is a biomedical engineering major. She is a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society and previously participated in Engineering World Health. Silverberg is employed as a student worker and is also a volunteer research assistant evaluating cardiovascular devices for clinical trials. She plans to go to medical school to become a radiologist. Silverberg is particularly interested in developing new imaging techniques and ways to filter ultrasound images to help radiologists diagnose a patient. Silverberg will be exploring a novel technique of denoising ultrasound in her own research project this summer with Dr. Yakovlev.

2016 Mays Business School Outstanding Junior, Logan McDivitt

2016 Mays Business School Outstanding Junior, Logan McDivitt

Logan McDivitt is a junior at Texas A&M University in the Business Honors program, currently working to earn a BBA in business honors and finance. McDivitt has been heavily involved in the Freshmen Business Initiative Program, which focuses on equipping freshmen in Mays Business School with the skills necessary for a successful undergraduate career. He has also been a member of Business Student Council and has served as Director of Corporate Relations and Vice President for the Mays Business School Career Fair, one of the largest student-run career fairs in the country. McDivitt also has a passion for learning and understanding current events. He was a member of the Texas A&M team that placed second in the Wall Street Journal Challenge competition, a quiz-bowl like competition which students from business schools from around the country answer questions from recent editions of the Wall Street Journal. During the spring semester, McDivitt interned in the Office of the Deputy Director General of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service within the International Trade Administration in Washington, D.C. as part of the Public Policy Internship Program.

2016 TAMU Galveston Outstanding Junior, Fabiola Casas

2016 TAMU Galveston Outstanding Junior, Fabiola Casas

Fabiola Casas is a maritime administration major with a minor in economics. Casas has been involved in maritime business research as an Undergraduate Research Scholar and as a student in the Texas A&M- Galveston Campus Honors Program, Lambda Kappa Alpha. Fabiola has served her university through membership and leadership positions in several student-run groups, as well as through her volunteering with organizations in the greater Galveston community. Fabiola hopes to advance her love of learning and plans to attend law school.

Abdulla Al-Mohannadi is a chemical engineering major with a minor in chemistry. He has conducted undergraduate research and presented a poster on his work, “Simulation of Emergency Relief from Vessels with Runaway Reactions.” Al-Mohannadi has been recognized on the Dean’s Honor roll at TAMU-Qatar and with the Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award for English Second Language Distinction. Al-Mohannadi is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Omega Chi Epsilon, disciplinary honor societies for engineering and chemical engineering, respectively.

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 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.”

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