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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.