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2011 Scholars

Michelle Xie

Michelle Xie

Nancy D. Palm UH Tier One Scholarship Endowment

Classification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2015
College: Cullen College of Engineering
Major: Chemical Engineering
High School: Plano Senior High School
Hometown: Plano, TX

About Me

I’m a fun-loving, silly, and energetic person who is enjoying college life here at UH. I firmly believe that you get back what you put in to your endeavors, so I’m doing my best to stay on top of my coursework and also to get involved in events on campus. The football games are super fun to watch, there’s always something to do, and there’s free food everywhere!

I like listening to music, playing video games, exercising, and reading health articles. Linguistics fascinates me, and I’d like to someday be fluent in at least 3 languages. I have a knack for remembering random facts, I’m always munching on something, and I’m a beast at Dance Dance Revolution!

Campus and Community Involvement

My favorite sport is basketball and I try to play when I can. Recently I’ve gotten into rock climbing and I attend the latin social dance class at the recreation center; it’s a great place for finding new interests!

Right now on campus I’m a member of the Chinese/American Language & Culture Organization and a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers. In addition I’m a founding member and Historian of Eta Epsilon Rho, the student-run organization for the Honors Engineering Program.

I did community service as a part of National Honor Society in high school. I was a Co-President of Delta Epsilon Phi, our local chapter of the National German Honor Society. I was also Captain of the Varsity Pass Auf (German Whiz Quiz) team.

Awards and Honors

In addition to being a Tier One Scholar I am also a proud Honors College student here at UH!
In high school I consistently placed in individual and group academic events at the Texas State German Contest. Additionally, I placed in the top 85th percentile on the Level 3 National German Exam in 11th grade and the Level 4 National German Exam in 12th grade.

Last year I was designated as a National Merit Commended Student.

Band was a major part of my high school life. I was a part of the Region 25 All Region Concert Band in 9th grade and 12th grade. Additionally, our school band received 1 ratings at UIL competitions and other music festivals.  

Study Abroad

I took 3 years of German in high school and I’m currently taking Chinese to try to regain fluency. I think either going to a German speaking country or an Asian country would be a fascinating experience because I’m highly interested in the culture, lifestyle, and food! 


I’m hoping to start research this upcoming summer. I think anything pertaining to my major or any of the life sciences would be really fascinating as a research project!

Future Endeavors

Right now I’m caught between going straight into the workforce after college and going to graduate school. It’s an area in which I hope to have more clarity in the next few years.