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2010 Scholars

Cassie Gianni

Deena Kapadia

Albert and Ethel Herzstein UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Senior
Graduation Year: 2014
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biology/Pre-Med and Human Nutrition and Foods
Minors: Chemistry and Pyschology
High School: Clear Springs High School
Hometown: League City, TX

About Me

My parents were born in India, a place I have yet to go to but hope to see one day. I want to travel to various places around the world in the future. I was born in Texas, which I have rarely left. I love art; my favorite medium to use is colored pencils. I also love reading fiction books, such as the Harry Potter series, and creative writing. I enjoy getting lost in a story and being transported to a different world. I also like watching movies and T.V. shows. I am adventurous and like to try new things, such as boating, which I found out is thrilling.

Campus and Community Involvement

In the past, I have volunteered over 270 hours at Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital. I started volunteering at the hospital in high school and continued to volunteer there in college.

I am the Secretary of UH Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) since Spring 2011, and the Co-Historian of UH American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) since Fall 2012. I joined the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Alpha Epsilon Delta (the National Pre-medical Honor Society) at UH in Spring 2011. I am also a member of Golden Key Honor Society since Fall 2011.

Awards and Honors

I received the Superintendent's Scholar award for excellent grades during all four years of high school. I received the Barbara James Service Award in 11th and 12th grade. One of my artworks was displayed in the Capitol building in Austin for the TAEA Youth Art Month Capitol Exhibit when I was in 10th grade.

In addition to the Tier One Scholarship, I received a Top Ten Percent Scholarship, and scholarships from the following organizations: Clear Creek Education Foundation and Clear Lake Regional Medical Center, Clear Lake Lunar Rendezvous Festival, Clear Creek Community Council PTA, Adam Lee Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Indo-American Charity Foundation, Punjabi Culture Club, The Asian Chamber of Commerce, and Sri Meenakshi Temple Society.

I have been on the Dean’s List in Fall 2011, Spring 2011, and Fall 2010.


    I began assisting Amber Forrest, a graduate student, and Dr. Charles Layne, head of the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston, in research in January 2011, and I continued working with them until October 2011. Amber is exploring whether or not Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects motor adaptation in children.

    Future Endeavors

    I hope to go to medical school to become a physician. I want to have a practice in a diverse, multicultural area. I would like to help people in underserved communities, as well as travel to other countries, where people do not receive medical treatment when needed.