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2012 Scholars

Michelle Pham

Michelle Pham


Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: College of Pharmacy
Major: Pre-Pharmacy
 High School: I H Kempner High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

About Me

I am eager to learn, to try new things, to meet new people, and to make a difference in this world.  I have a voracious thirst for knowledge and a determination to succeed.  I pride myself on being hard working and ambitious, which I get from my parents who have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to provide for me the kind of life I have today.  They are definitely my motivation and inspiration.  I enjoy dancing, reading, volunteering, but most of all, I love a good quote.  One of my favorites is a quote by Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.”  I will admit that I am at times intimidated by my goals and aspirations, but I will never be afraid to put my whole heart into something I have passion for.

Campus and Community Involvement

Volunteering has always been a huge part of my life.  As a little 7-year-old, I would cheerfully tag along with my mother to stock shelves at the local food pantry or fastidiously staple together packet after tedious packet for the ministry next door.  I faithfully devoted many hours at Southwest Area Ministry for many years.  Even after its close, I sought out other places to offer my time and effort.  I volunteer with East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Keep Sugar Land Beautiful, and Fort Bend Family Promise, to name a few.  Most recently, I started volunteering at St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, where I have so far completed over 150 hours.  In high school, I held many officer positions. I was secretary for National Honor Society and Medical Professionals of America and treasurer for Spanish National Honor Society and Student Council.  I was also a dedicated member of the English Honor Society.  I love getting involved, and I am glad to continue to do so at the University of Houston!  I am currently a proud member of alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority Inc., the Pre-Pharmacy Association, American Pharmacy Association – Academy of Student Pharmacists, and Vietnamese Student Association.

Awards and Honors

In high school, I always had academic excellence, and I held leadership positions in various honor societies.  I was a recipient of the White House Silver Eagle Award, which I received after my health science class successfully hosted a blood drive in which 375 units of blood were donated in a single day.

Study Abroad

Being able to immerse yourself in the rich cultures and histories of other places is what excites me the most about studying abroad.  The list of places I would like to visit is endless, but I am most intrigued by Greece, Japan, Spain, and France.


I love learning, and I am definitely interested in getting involved in any type of pharmaceutical research.  I am very passionate about medicine, and working to discover the source and treatment of disease would be very fulfilling to me.  I am so grateful for the many exciting research opportunities the University of Houston has to offer as research is actually something I am interested in pursuing as a career.  It is my hope that involvement in research during my undergraduate years will serve as inspiration and motivation not only for myself but for those around me who dream of making a difference.

Future Endeavors

After completing my prerequisites, I hope to attend the University of Houston College of Pharmacy to earn a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.