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2012 Scholars

Tanweer Rajwani

Tanweer Rajwani


Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: Cullen College of Engineering
Major: Petroleum Engineering
High School: Dulles High School
Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

About Me

I was born in Karachi, Pakistan, but I have spent most of my life in Houston, Texas. My favorite subject is chemistry. As such, I am pursuing a degree in petroleum engineering. This summer I taught k-12 children at The Tutoring Center in Sugar Land, TX. It was an amazing experience that vested my interest in the field of education. Hence, one of my hobbies is to tutor people in subjects that I feel I have a grasp on. It may help them understand the subject better, but it also helps me grasp the content as well.

Campus and Community Involvement

I am a part of the University of Houston Policy Debate Team that is located within the Honors College. I debated policy for two years in high school. I joined the University of Houston’s team because I enjoyed debate in high school very much. Aside from that, I hope to participate in the intramural flag football league.

Awards and Honors

In high school, I placed second in state for the University Interscholastic League 5A Policy Debate tournament. Besides the Tier One scholarship, I have also received the Honors College Scholarship and the Top Ten Percent Scholarship.

Study Abroad

My current interests lie in German culture. I have not taken any language courses as of yet, but I hope that my study abroad opportunity grants me the option to learn the basics of that country’s language. Germany’s rich history in engineering innovation fuels my motivation to study there. If my visit is successful, then I may further my interest by formally taking a class for the German language at the University of Houston. 


I hope to research in my major after I have further studies in it. At the moment, Nano chemistry is a field that interests me particularly. Furthermore, there is a vast amount of research involved in policy debate. Our team is constantly reading law journals and web articles to find any evidence that can support our position on the topic. Our topic for debate this year is U.S. energy production. This is beneficial to me because I am studying petroleum engineering. Moreover, it doesn’t hurt that Houston is the energy capital of the world.

Future Endeavors

I am currently exploring my options. I will use my research and study abroad opportunities to learn whether I want to continue to grad school for a research oriented career or dive straight into the workforce.