2011 Scholars

Jennifer Guerrero

Jennifer Y. Guerrero

Professor Mamie Wong Moy UH TierOne Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Senior
Graduation Year: 2017
College: College of Pharmacy
Major: Pre-Pharmacy, Pharm.D
High School: Hidalgo High School
Hometown: Hidalgo, TX

About Me

I am the type of person who will place the needs of others before my own because I have always wanted to make a difference, an impact, in people’s lives.  I want to motivate people to do bigger and better things to make our world a better place now and for future generations.  I believe I can accomplish this by being the kindhearted, dedicated, and positive person that I am. 

My family has always been and will by my strongest support.  They have not only given me their love but their guidance as well.  I am proud to say that the person I am today is because of my loved ones.  It was their attention, their dedication, their motivation and dreams that allowed me to aspire to always give my all.

Reading and problem solving are my favorite things to do.  One of the greatest things is to dive into a good book and there’s nothing more exhilarating than rising up to meet a challenge whether it’s a puzzle or a math problem. 

I must admit that the University of Houston became my home away from home.  The friendships I have made here, the knowledge and wisdom I have gained, the memories and experiences I will never forget are all things that I will always cherish.  I am both honored and eternally grateful to have received the Tier One Scholarship and be called a Tier One Scholar. 

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived -- this is to have succeeded." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Campus and Community Involvement

There is no greater reward than the feeling you get when you help people.  It is something I will always continue to do.  Before attending the University of Houston, I volunteered at my local hospital for about two years and accumulated approximately 450 service hours.  During that time I also volunteered as a pharmacy technician trainee and was able to apply and adapt my knowledge and skills.

In my first year at UH, I became a member of the Allied Health Professions Society (AHPS) and of the Pre-Pharmacy Association (PPA).  These organizations are health oriented and through them I was able to attend many volunteer opportunities, important informational meetings, and make new friends.  During the second school year, I was elected the Pre-Pharmacy Coordinator for AHPS and was actively involved in organizing the pharmacy information and events for this group.

I love going to our university’s athletic events: football, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball, etc. Standing and shouting our cheers, singing our fight song and alma mater, being and representing the pride that is the University of Houston. 

Awards and Honors

During high school, I was recognized as a National Hispanic Scholar and an AP Scholar with Honors and was the Valedictorian of my graduating class.  Apart from the Tier One Scholarship, I received a scholarship from my high school and from the Raul Tijerina Jr. Foundation.

Study Abroad

My Hispanic ethnicity allowed me to be immersed not only in American culture but also in Mexican culture.  I am fluent in both English and Spanish and have had the privilege of visiting Mexico very often. 

Thanks to the Tier One Scholarship, I was able to travel on a Study Abroad Trip with the Honors College to the UK and Ireland.  This was an unforgettable experience!  The architecture and scenery were absolutely breathtaking.  The places we visited, the people we met, the new friendships we made are things I will remember forever.   

Research

The Tier One Scholarship has also made it possible for me to involve myself in research under the Department of Biology and Biochemistry.  Under my mentor, I am working to determine or better comprehend how the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila utilizes alternative reproductive strategies. 

Future Endeavors

For the next four years I will be attending and pursuing my Doctorate of Pharmacy at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy. 

After graduating with my Pharm. D. I plan on continuing my studies by obtaining a Ph.D. in Pharmacology or Pharmaceutics.  Afterwards, I want to work in a hospital and maybe in the future open up my own pharmacy.