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.

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