The Manny Family UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment
I have always enjoyed learning how the universe works. My favorite sciences are astronomy and chemistry. On the weekends and during the summers I work at the Brazosport Planetarium in Clute, TX as a planetarium presenter. During the week I work in a biochemistry research lab. I also enjoy participating in theatre productions both on and off the stage.
Campus and Community Involvement
I am a member of the University of Houston chapter of the American Society of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Last spring I was a member of the Chem-E Car competition team that qualified for the National Championship.
I joined the UH Lions Club late last spring. I look forward to the Lion service projects having helped my father’s Lions club for many years with highway trash pick-ups, Christmas food basket deliveries, and manning the corn dog booth at the Brazoria County Fair.
This past summer I represented the Brazosport Planetarium at the Western Alliance Conference (WAC) held this year in Killeen, TX. I volunteered free public planetarium shows to help make the Brazosport Astronomy Club’s Astronomy Day a success. Over 400 people attended on October 1, 2011. Right now I am coordinating a Boy Scout Astronomy Merit Badge day planned for October 15, 2011. I am looking forward to representing the Brazosport Planetarium again this next summer at the International Planetarium Society (IPS) Conference in New Orleans. In support of my interest in astronomy, I have joined the South Western Association of Planetariums (SWAP).
Last summer I was the student producer of a two week theater workshop for 13-18 year old students at Brazosport Center Stages which ended with two performances of “The Wizard of Oz: Whacked and Whammied.” In Spring 2011 I performed in the chorus of the Honors College Center of Creative Works production of “Agamemnon.”
Awards and Honors
I am an Eagle Scout and a member of the Honors College. In high school, I won the Mr. Congeniality award in the Mr. Buc Pageant (a Project Graduation fundraiser).
Before college I took 6 years of Spanish, 3 years of Latin, and a semester of French. I would really like to expand on this Romance language foundation by traveling abroad to a Spanish speaking country and taking part in an immersive language program.
In Fall 2011 I started working in Dr. Vekilov’s Group on sickle cell anemia. My current project involves incorporating laboratory equipment into the LabVIEW programing language so the equipment can work together as a system instead of as individual units.
I plan on earning a master’s degree in chemical engineering.