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2013 Scholars


Elizabeth Knuppel


Graduation Year: 2017
College: Cullen College of Engineering 
Major:  Chemical Engineering
High School: Boerne High School
Hometown: Boerne, Texas

About Me

I am very math and science oriented, which I can only attribute to my family.  From a very young age, my toy box was filled with DK learning books, Legos, and Math Blasters video games. Once I had realized that my friends didn’t solve math problems for fun and didn’t want to know how many people holding hands it would require to go around the equator of Saturn (its 316 million if you were wondering), I was already too far gone. My curiosity was born and it has been thriving ever since. When I’m not in class, I enjoy reading, hiking, biking, watching movies, and kayaking.

Campus and Community Involvement

During high school, I was the treasurer for our school’s chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, an officer for our Academic UIL Team, and a member of the National Honors Society. I played trumpet in the Boerne high school marching and concert bands and was a member of the swimming team. I also was a part of the St. John Lutheran Church youth group and participated in two mission trips during high school, one to St. Louis, Missouri and another to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. While I am at the University of Houston, I plan on joining the American Institute of Chemical Engineering and the Society of Women Engineers. I also plan on getting involved in student government and volunteering in the Houston community and at the university.

Awards and Honors

I had the honor of graduating Summa Cum Laude from my high school and am an AP Scholar with distinction.  During high school, I was chosen to play in the All Region Jazz and Concert Bands and went to Area Finals with the marching band. I went to Regionals twice in swimming for the 500 freestyle.  In Academic UIL I went to Regionals with our science team.  Aside from the Tier One Scholarship, I also received the Academic Excellence Scholarship, the NACE San Antonio Section Scholarship, a scholarship from the Chapter No. 200, Order of the Eastern Star, and a scholarship from the San Antonio Chapter of the University of Houston Alumni Association.

Study Abroad

For my study abroad experience, I would like to travel to Europe, specifically England and Scotland. I enjoy the modern culture of the United Kingdom, but I am also fascinated by its long historic past.  By studying abroad there, I hope to experience the culture and atmosphere of this place first hand and also see all of its notable architecture and landmarks. I hope to take this opportunity to expand my knowledge of the arts, a subject that I expect to see little of as an engineering student, and take courses focused in art and theatre. 


I have not decided on a research project yet, but I am considering focusing on either pharmaceuticals or clean energy.

Future Endeavors

After I finish my degree at the University of Houston, I would like to pursue my Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.