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2012 Scholars

Michael Yoo

Michael Yoo


Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Major: Biochemistry
 High School: James E Taylor High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

About Me

Born in San Jose, California, my family moved to Houston before the start of my 7th grade, and I have lived here ever since.

As someone who has only recently realized how incredibly fortunate he is to be attending the University of Houston as a Tier One Scholar, I have likewise changed myself to reflect this. For example, I must admit to being somewhat lazy and something of a procrastinator until I realized two things in my Freshman year: first, I did not enjoy my chosen major at the time (Computer Science) and second, complacency was intolerable.

Switching to Biochemistry feels much more natural, and I am happy with my chosen major. Chemistry has always been fascinating to me, and puzzling out the intricacies of our world in such a manner has already been very fulfilling.

I am a devoted gamer, but also enjoy reading a great deal in my spare time.

Campus and Community Involvement

At this time, I am unfortunately not as involved with UH as I would prefer. I intend to formally join the American Chemical Society in the Spring of 2014, along with looking into additional clubs relating to my interests. I am currently a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, and was invited to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars for my high academic performance.

Unfortunately, being a commuter with a rather long travel time, I find that extracurricular activities are more difficult to participate in than I would prefer.

Awards and Honors

I graduated James E. Taylor High School within the top 15% of my class. During my attendance, I earned recognition for my efforts on the school newspaper as well as excellent attendance records. I was also a part of the Taylor National Honor Society. On the PSAT/NMSQT, I was recognized as a National Merit Scholar on the ‘Commended’ level, signifying a score ranking within the top 50,000 out of 1.5 million tested. 

I was also a member of our school’s Academic Challenge team, reaching second place in the 2011 Sam Houston State University tournament collectively.

Study Abroad

At this moment, I have no concrete plans to study abroad.


I have no concrete plans at this time, but fully intend to investigate my options more thoroughly.

Future Endeavors

In the summer of 2014, I plan to take courses in the UH program teachHouston, and will continue the program if I find it agreeable. I am also currently considering pursuing a Master’s in Biochemistry once I finish my Bachelor’s in the same.