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2011 Scholars

Aayna Shamsi

Aayna Shamsi

Professor Mamie Wong Moy UH Tier One Schoalrship Endowment

Classification: Prof 1
Graduation Year: 2017
College: College of Pharmacy
Major: Pharm D
High School: Kerr High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

About Me

I have always been an education-oriented child growing up. Learning isn’t just another chore for me; it is something I take a great personal interest in. Thus, my hobbies have always included reading a variety of novels and writing just for fun. All of my motivation to accomplish anything comes from my family. I care a lot about my family and wish to one day be in a position from which I will be able to give my family all of the comforts they deserve, in particularly my parents. Furthermore, my motivation to write comes from my grandfather, a well-respected author in Pakistan. His accomplishments are my inspiration for greatness.

Campus and Community Involvement

In the past, I have always volunteered with the religious organization, Islamic Society of Greater Houston, teaching Saturday school to younger children. As National Honor Society president in high school, I was often leading many volunteers during various events, such as the Race for the Cure and Expanding Your Horizons. I actually really enjoyed those types of extra-curricular activities because I personally enjoy the act of helping others and getting hands-on interactions with those we set out to help. With the Muslims Student Association, I was the cochair in organizing a 5K walk around campus to raise money for charity. It was a great experience to work alongside others towards a good cause.

Awards and Honors

In High School, I received the Board of Trustees Recognition Award twice. I also attained the AP Scholars with Honors from College Board twice. I obtained Honor Roll for all semesters of my four years in high school. I placed third in a national level competition with the Future Business Leaders of America. I received the Sam Walton Scholarship. In my two years of Pre-Pharmacy at UH, I have been on the Dean's list for every semester.

Study Abroad

I have taken Spanish but also know Urdu and Hindi. However, if given the opportunity, I would love to study abroad in Europe, specifically in Scotland because I have a great appreciation for the architectural history of Scottish castles. In my opinion, the greatest thing about study abroad is the opportunity to really observe a completely different culture by immersing yourself into those foreign surroundings, consisting of the different foods, clothes, music, etc. A complete understanding of these different aspects that contribute to making a culture so foreign can’t fully come about without having actually lived amongst the people of that culture.


I am mostly interested in research in new pharmaceutical products or a deeper understanding of rare elements. I hope to conduct a research project one day relating to either biology or chemistry because the sciences spark a deep ardor within me.

Future Endeavors

I want to graduate from UH Pharmacy school with a Doctorate of Pharmacy and then go on to do residency. Pharmacy is my passion and I want to one day work alongside other Pharmacists in clinical or industrial settings.