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2012 Scholars

Deep Patel

Deep Patel

Classification: Junior
Graduation Year: 2016
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biochemistry
 High School: Michael E DeBakey High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

About Me

I am a total sports fanatic. My favorite is football and I am a huge Houston Texans fan, but I support all of the local teams. I have lived in Houston my whole life and now I am continuing that tradition by going to the University of Houston. I like to get things done quickly so I usually do not fall mercy to procrastination. I am really excited to be a Cougar and I am looking forward to meeting new people and learning along the way.

Campus and Community Involvement

I have volunteered for 3 years at Texas Children’s Hospital. I also spend lots of time tutoring other students in Math at my high school. I have also helped staff at the Hispanic Health Coalition Fair in Houston’s Mason Park. In addition, I take part in the Houston Rockets All-Star Balloting Campaign. I enjoy playing all types of sports. My favorites are football, running, biking, basketball, and tennis. I have run marathons before and did the BP MS 150 bike ride where I biked to Austin to support the fight against Multiple Sclerosis.

Awards and Honors

I have gotten another $3,000 from the Texas Children’s Hospital, where I have volunteered at for over three years. In high school, I have been in the National Honor Society, BETA Club, and on the Honor Roll. I got the Dean’s Award my junior year for overall academic achievements throughout the year. I have also got 4th place at the HOSA State competitions twice. I was also part of an Academic Decathlon team that got 2nd at regional competition.

Study Abroad

I have taken four years of Spanish in high school and I am taking that into consideration when I plan for my study abroad. I would like to go to Europe, and Spain is somewhere I would really like to go. It would be a great place for me to strengthen what I learned in high school. I really want to do some study abroad because I have spent my whole life in Houston and other than vacations, I have never really immersed myself in another culture.


I have done a summer of research at the University of Texas Medical Branch on stem cells. I really enjoyed my work in this new and burgeoning field. It would be nice to do something dealing with stem cells because I already know a great deal on the topic, but any topic dealing with medicine would be great to do research on.

Future Endeavors

I am planning to pursue an MD at the Baylor College of Medicine