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.

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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2015 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 2015 Outstanding Juniors are:

Name                             College
Taylor Hermann          College of Architecture
Kallie Fuchs                  College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Emma Epps                  College of Education and Human Development
Collin Kohlmeyer       College of Geosciences
Kaitlyn Kellermeyer  College of Liberal Arts
Eleni Mijalis                 College of Science
Andy Habib                   College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Austin Hahn                 Dwight Look College of Engineering
Julia Deleeuw               Mays Business School
Amanda Sterne           Texas A&M at Galveston
Salwan Abou Salem   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:

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Taylor Herrmann ’16, 2015 College of Architecture Outstanding Junior

Taylor Herrmann is majoring in landscape architecture with a minor in urban planning. She is previously a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In addition to the demanding coursework in architecture, Herrmann works in the summer. She is particularly proud of the skills learned for studio projects that enhance and allow her to express herself creatively. Among these are a laser printer and woodshop certification, model building and drafting. Herrmann has been honored with the Gathright Scholar Award.

Kallie Fuchs '16, A smiling female student with long brown hair, wearing a red blazer over a black shirt rests with her arms folded on a concrete hand-rail with an ornate building in the background.

Kallie Fuchs ’16, 2015 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Junior

 

Kallie Fuchs is majoring in nutritional sciences with a minor in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and plans to attend medical school. Fuchs is highly involved on-campus and off; her activities include employment, volunteering, and student organizations related to her college, career interests, and student leadership. Fuchs has served in several capacities on the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Student Council, where she currently holds the position of President. Her outstanding work in and out of the classroom has garnered numerous honors, among them the President’s Endowed Scholarship, Buck Weirus Spirit Award, and Gathright Scholar Award.

 

Emma Epps is majoring in Allied Health in preparation for a career in nursing. Epps is an active volunteer and is widely involved in campus activities such as Muster and Fish Camp. She serves on the Academics Committee for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, and has been honored as a Gathright Scholar.

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Collin Kohlmeyer, 2015 College of Geosciences Outstanding Junior

Geography major Collin Kohlmeyer has been heavily involved in undergraduate research while at Texas A&M. He has worked with Dr. Cairns and Dr. Naito researching shrub patterns in Alaska, and with Dr. Guneralp studying land usage around the Refugio River in Texas. Kohlmeyer has also served as a Supplemental Instructor (SI) Leader for Planet Earth (GEOG 203)  and History of Texas (HIST 226).

 

Kaitlyn Kellermeyer, 2015 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Junior

Kaitlyn Kellermeyer, 2015 College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Junior

Kaitlyn Kellermeyer is majoring in international studies with a focus on international politics and diplomacy. A member of the College of Liberal Arts Cornerstone Honors program, Kellermeyer serves as a student mentor and chair of the Award Nomination Committee for the Association of Cornerstone Students. Kellermeyer is completely blind, and is spearheading an initiative to improve the physical accessibility of college campuses in Texas. She serves as a council member on Student Advisory Board for Texas A&M Disability Services and on the Aggie Honor Council, and as the volunteer coordinator and publicity outreach coordinator for the Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living’s “Dining in the Dark” program. Kellermeyer was recognized by the Texas Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired as the 2013 TXAER Outstanding Student.

 

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Eleni Mijalis ’16, 2015 College of Science Outstanding Junior

Eleni Mijalis is a biology major minoring in computer science. Mijalis, a member of the University Honors Program, is also co-founder and treasurer for TAMUHack, an organization that hosts and competes in hackathons, events that challenge participants to use technology in innovative ways to address problems. Mijalis has been involved in diabetes research with Dr. Kevil at the LSH Health Science Center in Shreveport, Louisiana since before she started at Texas A&M and has published research in Diabetologia. At Texas A&M, she has worked in the Brain Networks Laboratory under Dr. Choe. Mijalis’ has been honored with the President’s Endowed Scholarship and is on the Dean’s List.

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Andy Habib ’16, 2015 College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Science Outstanding Junior

 

Andy Habib is a biomedical sciences major planning to go to medical school. Habib works in a local clinic and has volunteered abroad in Haiti as part of Live Beyond. He serves in the TAMU Student Senate as a senator for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, as well as Executive Officer for the National Aggie Scholar Ambassador student organization, and previously as a staff assistant for The Big Event, among his many involvements. This summer, he will be part of the DeBakey Summer Surgery Program at Baylor. A well-rounded scholar has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and speaks fluent Arabic. He has been honored as a President’s Endowed Scholar and is on the Dean’s List.

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Austin Hahn ’16, 2015 Dwight Look College of Engineering Outstanding Junior

 

Petroleum engineering major Austin Hahn is also an entrepreneur. He developed a training tool, TackleTape, through the Startup Aggieland business accelerator, which helps reduce tackle-related injuries for youth football players. Hahn is active in the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the American Association of Drilling Engineers, and enjoys playing piano in his spare time. His favorite song to play is Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” reflecting his twelve years of classical training. He is on the Dean’s List, and is the recipient of the Chevron International Reach, Houston-American Petroleum Institute, and Statoil Merit scholarships.

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Julia Deleeuw ’16, 2015 Mays Business School Outstanding Junior

 

Julia Deleeuw is majoring in marketing and is a member of the University Honors Program. In addition to working, Deleeuw is active in several business career-related organizations and in volunteering with community organizations. Deleeuw will complete her undergraduate degree early this August and being a master’s program in marketing this fall. She has been honored with a President’s Endowed Scholarship, and was a finalist in the 2013 Ideas Challenge Competition.

Amanda Sterne, 2015 Texas A&M - Galveston Outstanding Junior

Amanda Sterne, 2015 Texas A&M – Galveston Outstanding Junior

 

Amanda Sterne is a marine sciences major minoring in chemistry. Sterne was born and raised in Canada, where she trained in her hometown of Kelowna, BC to become a certified PADI instructor. From Canada, she went to Nha Trang, Vietnam, the first step on a three year journey that stoked her deep love of the ocean and took her around the globe. This love of the ocean is what brought Sterne to Texas A&M Galveston, where she has done extensive research and completed an undergraduate thesis titled Controls of Carbon Preservation in Coastal Wetlands of Texas: Mangrove vs. Saltmarsh Ecosystems. Sterne has presented her work at the American Geological Union’s 2014 Fall Meeting. She serves as the Historian for the Lambda Kappa Alpha Honors Association. Among her many scholarships, Sterne has been selected for the Welch Foundation Scholarship, a Texas Institute of Oceanography summer fellowship, and the Texas Oilman’s Charity Scholarship.

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Salwan Abou Salem ’16, 2015 Texas A&M – Qatar Outstanding Junior

 

Salwan Abou Salem is majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. She has conducted undergraduate research on thermal imaging software with Dr. Hassan and on gaseous radiation detection with Dr. Bouhali; she serves as a grader for the TAMUQ Science department. Abou Salem is active with Student Body Government on the Qatar campus, serving as Class Representative and Vice President. She is also a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Pi Tau Sigma International Mechanical Engineering Honor Society. Abou Salem maintains an active extra-curricular schedule as well, playing both table tennis and basketball, serving as an orientation leader, Lebanese Red Cross volunteer, attending the COSGA and SCONA conferences in College Station, as well as participating in the Unite Lebanon Youth Project. Abou Salem has been honored with the Hamad Bin Khalifa Scholarship and is on the Dean’s List.

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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