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2016-2017 Competitive Award Recipients and Honorable Mentions

 

Throughout the 2016-2017 academic year, more than 100 students from the University of Houston submitted an application for a competitive scholarship or research opportunity. This includes the Marshall Scholarship, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Critical Language Scholarship, the Amgen Scholars Program, and other competitive research experiences. Below is a summary of University of Houston students and alumni who were selected as recipients, honorable mentions, and alternates for these opportunities. Congratulations to everyone!

  • Cassandra Baker

    University of Washington, St. Louis 2017 Amgen Scholars Program 

    This summer, Cassandra will be participating in the Amgen Scholars Program at Washington University (UW) in St. Louis conducting cutting-edge biomedical research under the supervision faculty in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Cassandra is a junior, psychology major, member of the Honors College, and member of the Houston Scholars program. Upon the completion of her undergraduate studies, Cassandra intends on pursuing a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience.

  • Esther Akinwande

    2017 Baylor College of Medicine SMART Program

    This summer, Esther will participate in the Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program at Baylor College of Medicine, which provides students with access to high-impact biomedical research projects and career development activities. Esther is a sophomore, biochemical and biophysical sciences major, and member of the Honors College.

     

  • Madeline Styskal

    2017 Critical Language Scholarship, Russian

    Madeline is a recipient of the 2017 Critical Language Scholarship to Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. Her interest in the Russian language stems from her studies in music composition, piano performance, and music history. Madeline is a junior, music major, National Merit Scholar, member of the Honors College, and member of the Houston Scholars program. Next fall, Madeline will be applying for a Fulbright research grant to Russia, where she hopes to work for nine months as an artist-in-residence with a Russian choir.

  • Sumeet Gautam

    2017 Critical Language Scholarship, Azerbaijani

    Sumeet is a recipient of the 2017 Critical Language Scholarship to Baku, Azerbaijan. Already proficient in Nepalese and Spanish, Sumeet will broaden his language portfolio through the Critical Language Scholarship with the goal of becoming a global engineer. When he returns to campus next fall, Sumeet will pursue an independent research project on fog computing under the mentorship of Dr. Yuhua Chen. Sumeet is a sophomore, computer engineering major, member of the Honors College, and member of the Houston Scholars program

  • Daniel Mendiola

    2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Costa Rica S/R

    Daniel is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program study/research scholarship to Costa Rica. Daniel will spend the majority of his time at the National Archive of Costa Rica investigating the role of commerce and diplomacy in the conquests of the Mosquito Kingdom and Spanish Empire in Central America during the eighteenth-century. Daniel is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of Houston and this experience will be a key component of his dissertation research.

  • Kyle Karinshak

    2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Germany S/R

    Kyle is a recipient of the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program study/research scholarship to Germany. As a Fulbright recipient, he will be conducting research on lean nitrogen oxide traps at the German Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). This research will complement Kyle’s ongoing doctoral research on emission controls in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Houston. Upon graduation, Kyle hopes to work for a government organization where he can utilize his scientific skills for public service and educational outreach activities.

  • Ariana Peruzzi

    2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, New Zealand S/R (Alternate)

    Ariana is an alternate for the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program study/research scholarship to New Zealand. Ariana’s research proposal builds upon on her background in music and philosophy and seeks to investigate the physiological and emotional response to music. This fall, Ariana will begin a Ph.D. program in philosophy and metaethics at the University of Michigan. Ariana is a senior, philosophy major, National Merit Scholar, and member of the Honors College.

  • Lauren Moya Ford

    2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, Portugal S/R (Alternate)

    Lauren is an alternate for the 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Program study/research scholarship to Portugal. Lauren’s research proposal focuses on generating a compilation of art, including paintings, ceramics, writing, and photography, based on the work and life of the German artist Hein Semke. Lauren completed her MFA in painting at the University of Houston in 2014 and currently resides in Madrid, Spain, where she teaches English and art.

  • Daniel Scott

    2017 Goldwater Scholarship (Honorable Mention)
    2017-2018 Chinese Government Scholarship

    Daniel is a 2017 Goldwater Scholarship Honorable Mention for his strong academics and previous research experience. In the future, Daniel wants to pursue a Ph.D. in physics, with a focus on nanomaterials and ion beam systems. As a recipient of the 2017-2018 Chinese Government Scholarship, Daniel will spend the next year increasing his Chinese language proficiency at Peking University. Daniel is a junior, double major in physics and mathematics, a National Merit Scholar, member of the Honors College, and member of the Houston Scholars program.

  • Michelle Tran

    2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship

    Michelle Tran is a recipient of the 2017 Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, which provides students with opportunities to conduct research in the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. She is a sophomore, member of the Honors College, and is pursuing a double major in computer science and mathematics. Michelle is also a member of the Houston Scholars and Bonner Leaders programs.

  • Rawan Almallahi

    2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 
    2017 Marshall Scholarship (Finalist)

    Rawan is a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient and a 2017 Marshall Scholarship Finalist. As an undergraduate student, Rawan conducted research under the mentorship of Dr. Megan Robertson on the biodegradation of epoxy resins at the University of Houston and also conducted research as a 2016 Amgen Scholar under the mentorship of Dr. Chad Vecitis on carbon-based membranes at Harvard University. Rawan is a senior, chemical engineering major, member of the Honors College, and member of the Houston Scholars program.

  • Kate Nguyen

    2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

    Kate is a 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient and graduate student in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Houston. Kate is currently building a decision-making model that incorporates observation-based evidence into the decision making process. As an undergraduate student, Kate received the 2014 Goldwater Scholarship for her academic and research achievements in the fields of material science and mathematical neuroscience.

     

  • Dwight “Ike” Theriot

    2017 Truman Scholarship (Finalist)

    Ike was recently recognized as a finalist in the 2017 Truman Scholarship competition. Ike is currently participating in the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Pathways Internship Program where he assists with planning and training for upcoming spacewalks at JSC and the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory. Upon graduation, Ike wants to pursue a master’s degree in mechanical engineering before returning to NASA as a member of the Commercial Crew Program. Ike is a junior, mechanical engineering student, member of the Honors College, and member of the Houston Scholars program.

More information on these programs and other competitive opportunities, including application timeline, nomination process, and eligibility criteria, is featured on the Nationally Competitive Scholarship section of the Office of Undergraduate Research website.