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2012 Scholars

Alicia Nichols

Alicia Nichols

Classification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2015
College: College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Major: Psychology
Minor: Human Development and Family Studies
High School: Cinco Ranch High School
Hometown: Katy, TX

About Me

When I was younger I was accustomed to moving from state to state every couple of years; I lived in Nebraska, North Carolina, Nebraska again, and then Colorado before moving to Texas halfway through sixth grade. I love reading, taking photographs with my DSLR Canon, and sketching pictures of random nature scenes or buildings. I want to travel the world and see all of its wonders, as well as help others. My parents and three younger siblings all serve as great motivation, and their support in everything I do has been paramount to my success.

Campus and Community Involvement

On campus, I am Treasurer of the Alpha Pi chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity, I am involved with the teachHOUSTON program, I am vice president of Shark Club and I am involved with the Honors College. Giving back to the community has always been important to me, and as such, I volunteer at a nursing home in their Alzheimer’s wing, and participate in Big Feast Houston at Thanksgiving every year. This will be my second year volunteering for the Mars Rover Celebration, hosted by UH’s AIAA chapter and teachHOUSTON. With my Phi Mu chapter I do philanthropic work for the Texas Children's Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network. On the side, I occasionally tutor, teach swim lessons and lifeguard.

Awards and Honors

My senior year in high school I was awarded for being “Best in AP Psychology” and received the American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools award for Academic Achievement. I was on the 2012 National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll, a 2012 AP Scholar with Distinction, and a 2011 AP Scholar.

In addition to the Tier One Scholarship I was awarded the Great Conversation Scholarship from the Honors College.

Study Abroad

In May of 2014, I will be travelling with the Honors College to France and Spain. I am very excited to be going on this trip, and I am looking forward to learning more about these two countries this semester in class with Dr. Armstrong.


In the summer of 2012 I assisted graduate student Kate Lynn Bill and Dr. Dina Chelouche Lev, Associate Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, exploring the relationship of p53 and MDM2, and their subsequent roles in liposarcomas. I hope to continue researching throughout my undergraduate career.

Future Endeavors

Currently, I am interested in pursuing a Masters in education, working for a few years as a teacher, and then a Masters in school counseling. I may continue into doctoral studies for either field.