2011 Scholars

Caroline Hodges

Caroline Hodges

Lynn and Marcel Mason UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Senior
Graduation Year: 2015
College: Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Mathematical Biology
Minor: Medicine and Society
High School: Kingwood High School
Hometown: Kingwood, TX

About Me

I am a happy, caring, hard-working student who really enjoys learning about different things, which is making it really difficult to decide if I want to change my degree-plan! When I’m not studying or going to UH events, I enjoy reading classical novels, watching old movies, playing Apples-to-Apples, and drinking coffee. I dislike laziness, cheating, and purple candy.  My biggest supporters and role-models are my parents: they taught me the importance of integrity and hard work in life.

Campus and Community Involvement

I am an Honors mentor, Secretary of the Fellowship of Tier One scholars, and am starting a social organization for Honors students who are future health professionals. I work off campus as a private tutor and as a pharmacy technician at a hospital.  I also volunteer at my church as a middle school youth leader and a Eucharistic minister.

Awards and Honors

I was on the Deans List for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012.

In high school, I received a National Leadership Week Award from The National Honor Society. I received the status of “Commended” on my PSAT, was an officer in 2 clubs, and was voted “Most Valuable Team Member” on my church leadership team.

Study Abroad

I went to Italy this past summer with the Honors College. We traveled to Rome, Florence, Sienna and Naples learning about Italian culture and history. I have never been able to go to Europe and the Tier One scholarship and UH have made this possible for me. I had an amazing experience and was able to discover another culture and history so different from my own.

Research

This summer, I began working with a mathematics professor here at UH on his project. We work in conjunction with neurobiologists at UTMB in Galveston to help them analyze confocal microscope pictures they have of neurons. The long-term goal of the project is to create a program that will automatically trace the neurons on a slide to help the biologists analyze entire neural networks instead of only small sections at a time. I work primarily with one of the post-doctoral candidates at UTMB helping him trace and mathematically analyze images for his project, which focuses on how different proteins and solutions affect the soma, axons and dendrite performance.

Future Endeavors

I plan to graduate in 2015 and attend physical therapy school. I am extremely interested in working with children and the elderly who have neurological diseases and muscle loss to help them regain function.