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.
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.