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2012 Scholars

Teresa Tse

Teresa Tse

Classification: Sophomore
Graduation Year: 2016
College: Cullen College of Engineering/College of Natural Science and Mathematics
Major: Biomedical Engineering/Mathematical Biology
High School: Michael E DeBakey High School
Hometown: Stafford, TX

About Me

I am a nerd who wants to overload myself with science classes. Up until graduating from high school, I lived with my parents. So attending college and living in a dorm represent a whole new challenge in my life. So far, I have found the learning atmosphere and freedom in college life to be challenging and refreshing.

Campus and Community Involvement

I am a member of the Honors College. In college, I have participated in HOSA and Aikido, and I volunteer at Project CURE occasionally.

Awards and Honors

In high school, I received national honors such as being named as a National Merit Scholar and a National AP Scholar. I also won math tournaments and HOSA tournaments at the regional and state levels. After graduating high school, I was awarded a few scholarships besides the Tier One Scholarship.

At college, I won the first place in the dental section of HOSA tournaments at the state level. In addition, I was awarded a summer research internship at UTHealth at Houston.

Study Abroad

As much as I would like to study abroad, I have found the academic schedule for my double degree to be too tight to allow for a semester studying abroad. I anticipate, though, that I will have plenty of opportunities to visit other countries after college graduation.


I am interested in biomedical research. I joined a 10-week summer program conducting biomedical research with Dr. Eric Boerwinkle from UTHealth at Houston. My research involved using bioinformatics techniques to identify rare genetic variants associated with various cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  The results of this research would be helpful in identifying people at a higher risk of atherosclerosis and heart attack.

Future Endeavors

I am interested in pursuing a career as a medical researcher. I would like to use the knowledge that I gain to make positive impacts on other people’s lives.