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Jocelyn Son-Hing

Jocelyn Son-Hing

UH Alumni Association UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2016
College:College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Physics
Minors:Mathematics and National Security Studies
High School: Plano Senior High School
Hometown: Plano, TX
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About Me

I am highly motivated, and I love to learn! In addition to my interests in mathematics, science, and engineering, I enjoy learning about other subjects like business and political science. Outside of my academic career, I spend my free time volunteering in Houston and Plano and training in various martial arts. My experiences in martial arts training, teaching, competition, and performance have had a huge influence in my life.

 “As you think, so shall you become.” –Bruce Lee

Campus and Community Involvement

During my years at Plano Senior High School, I served as a member of my school’s chapter of the National Honor Society (2009-2011). At the University of Houston, I have become involved as a member of the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (2013-present), the Society of Physics Students (2013-present), and the UH Science Club (2013-present). In addition to being a part of these academic organizations, I am an active member of the UH Wushu Kung Fu sport club (2011-present) and participate in group performances on campus.

My off-campus community involvement includes volunteering in the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (2013), the Plano Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (2012-present),working as a private tutor (2011-present), and assisting my Sensei at my dojo, International Martial Arts Academy (2009-present). My volunteer service at the dojo includes teaching the children’s classes, witnessing and assisting at tests, and teaching at women’s self-defense seminars.

I am a College Liaison (2011-present) and former President (2009-2011) of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Teen Council, which collaborates with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) to develop marketing strategies and make classical music accessible to musically passionate young adults in the Greater Dallas region. I worked with the DSO musicians and staff and the rest of the Teen Council to plan and advertise events specifically designed for teenagers. My work with the DSO has also involved writing about the importance of classical music as a guest blogger on Art&Seek, an online service from KERA. Through my involvement and leadership with the DSO Teen Council, I have initiated several new traditions with the Symphony including “Musician Mingles” and an Annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra Teen Concert.

On the side, I own and operate an online sales business ( that had a net profit margin of 50% in 2012. On my website, I sell silly stamps for teachers to use when grading their students’ assignments. (My most popular stamp is Lord of the Rings themed: “You shall not pass!”).

Awards and Honors

  • 2011 National Merit Scholar
  • University of Houston Tier One Scholar
  • Graduated with Honors from Plano Senior High School under the Distinguished Achievement plan
  • Second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do; certified martial arts instructor
  • Earned eight consecutive Gold TMTA Whitlock Music Theory Awards (2002-2010), a Superior Plus rating in the PMTA Original Composition contest, the Whitlock Memorial Scholarship Award, and the Mansfield Gold Medal Theory Award
  • Placed 3rd in state and 5th nationally for Le Grand Concours (The National French Exam) in 2008.
  • Recipient of the 2011 Goldreich Orthodontics Scholarship

Study Abroad

In October 2013, I attended the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers (SASE) National Conference in Philadelphia, PA. In January 2014, I will attend the American Physical Society (APS) South Central Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics in Baton Rouge, LA.

I will be participating in the 2014 Honors College study abroad trip to Paris, Provence, Barcelona, and Madrid. I am looking forward to putting my French- and Spanish-speaking skills to the test during this trip!


I am interested in Physics, Applied Mechanics, and Aerospace Engineering research. I am especially interested in studying propulsion and systems engineering.

Future Endeavors

When I graduate from UH (GO COOGS!), I hope to use my undergraduate background in Physics, Mathematics, and National Security Studies as a foundation for graduate studies in Aerospace Engineering. Through my work, I hope to make a meaningful contribution to Aerospace and Defense research.