2011 Scholars

Lauren Tolat

Lauren Tolat

Peggy Coyle Seaver UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Senior
Graduation Year: 2015
College: College of Pharmacy
Major: Pre-Pharmacy
High School: Westfield High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

Spotlight: Success in the Lab

About Me

I am ambitious, charismatic, and academically driven. Academics have always been my first and foremost priority, and I have never taken an opportunity to learn for granted. There is something about the classrooms, lectures, and homework assignments that push me to learn something new every day. I am continually inspired by the fervor of my professors who always find a way to challenge my thinking in a whole new direction. I love the University of Houston and I am honored to be distinguished as a Tier One Scholar.

Campus and Community Involvement

I value community service because I am fortunate for the endless opportunities that the community has given me. Volunteering was the focus of my time as president of my high school’s chapter of National Honor Society; but, its importance in my activities has continued with me to the University of Houston. I play tennis and played for the Varsity Team of my high school. I am the director of public relations for the Asian Medical Professions Society, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Pre-Pharmacy Association, Allied Health Professions Society, Collegiate Cancer Council, Invisible Children, and Fellowship of Tier One Scholars. I am also a committee member for the Honor College’s Student Governing Board.

Awards and Honors

I was Valedictorian of my high school’s graduating class and received distinctions as a National AP Scholar, a National Merit Scholar, and a National Forensic League All-American. Participating in the National Forensic League’s National Debate Tournament, I was recognized as among the top 30 in the nation for Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking. I received the Honors College Scholarship in addition to the Tier One Scholarship.

Study Abroad

Today’s challenges demand international competence. I believe that studying abroad will provide an engaging learning experience that will keep me better prepared for the demands of the twenty-first century. I would like to study abroad to further my knowledge of international healthcare delivery systems, especially those of Northern America and Europe.

Research

During the summer of 2012 and currently as of now, I am an undergraduate research assistant to Dr. Bradley McConnell’s lab in the College of Pharmacy. Our research interests in the laboratory focus on the genetics and physiology of heart disease and atherosclerosis, especially as it relates to healthy, diseased hearts, and vasculature. In particular, our goals are to define mechanisms and to investigate strategies to improve cardiac and vascular smooth muscle function in cardiovascular disease.  

Future Endeavors

My goals are to attend graduate school at the College of Pharmacy, obtain a PharmD, and continue on with an option to pursue law school. I have a tremendous interest in healthcare and legal issues associated with providing healthcare to everyone. My long-term career goals are to have a dual degree in both pharmacy and law and to find a position, either academically or politically, to help influence healthcare policies.