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2012 Scholars

Aubrey Swilling

Aubrey Swilling


Classification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2016
College: Cullen College of Engineering
Major: Biomedical Engineering
High School: Rouse High School
Hometown: Georgetown, TX

About Me

I was born and raised in Central Texas. I attended Leander ISD schools and graduated Salutatorian in the Alpha Class of Rouse High School in Leander. I have played basketball since first grade—the first team I ever played for, in fact, was co-ed, and I was one of two girls on the team at age seven. I began riding horses in second grade, a passion that I have kept and even turned into a first job. I love watching and playing all kinds of sports. In high school, I lettered as Varsity in basketball and track for three years, and volleyball for one year. I tried out for the school musical my senior year on a whim and had a blast in the chorus of Little Shop of Horrors. Well-rounded people who influence their surroundings motivate me—these people are what inspired me to be active in the student body and extra-curricular activities as well as in the classroom. I love meeting new people and having fun. I would not be where or who I am today without my family, friends, or the grace of God.

Campus and Community Involvement

I am in the Honors College and am a member of Coog Crew. I look forward to playing intramural sports (volleyball and basketball especially) and joining several on-campus social and service groups, such as the Newman Catholic Center Youth Group, Phi Sigma Rho, the Federation of Tier One Scholars, and the Biomedical Engineering Society.

Awards and Honors

I was Salutatorian in my high school class of 367 students and was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by my senior class. I received a Commended Score from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. I received the “Raider Award” on my basketball team, an award given based off attitude, hustle, and heart, for three years. I was nominated as one of LISD’s Top 25 Most Outstanding Students, and was also given the school district’s “In Pursuit of Excellence” award. Along with the Tier One Scholarship, I received the Top 10%, Academic Excellence, and Great Conversation Scholarship at UH, as well as other scholarships from SMU, TCU, and Texas A&M University.

Study Abroad

I took two years of Spanish in high school and plan on taking more during my time here at the University of Houston. I would love to study abroad in Europe or South America, but my exact path is still undecided. I feel that studying abroad gives you invaluable life experience, as well as hands-on job experience in your field of study. This opportunity is a blessing, and I plan to take full advantage of it!


I plan to do research through the Texas Medical Center as an undergraduate at UH. I am currently interested in research in biomedical engineering and in the medical field, more specifically projects in prosthetic limbs and tissue engineering with neural cognition or specialized medicine.

Future Endeavors

I hope to attend either graduate school for engineering or medical school after my time here at UH. In the long run, I hope to specialize in the fields of biomedical engineering or medicine.