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2013 Scholars


Laurel Rawley


Graduation Year: 2017
College: Cullen College of Engineering and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Major:  Biomedical Engineering and Liberal Studies
Minors Medicine and Society and Energy and Sustainability
High School: Manvel High School
Hometown: Pearland, TX
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About Me

I am an adopted Chinese-American who is determined to succeed.  I am curious about the world around me and take pleasure in gaining knowledge. Mathematics and sciences are subjects I prefer, but I do challenge myself with English, history and language courses. I have experimented with almost all extra-curricular activities (such as ice-skating, knitting, cheer, gymnastic, and so on) and I have found that I really enjoy dance (ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical), playing musical instruments (piano, bassoon, flute, and many more) and policy debate.

Campus and Community Involvement

I am an H-LSAMP Scholar as well as a PROMES Scholar. I am also part of the Honors College, Honors Engineering Program, the UH Policy Debate team, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. Currently, I am participating in the spring 2014 Ignite Leadership program and I am an administrative aid for the Scholar Enrichment Program.

Awards and Honors

From my high school, I graduated summa cum laude and was awarded recognition for the following titles: National AP Scholar, the “most outstanding math student,” Texas Bluebonnet Girl State Citizen of 2012, member of the National Honor Society, and the Alvin ISD Volunteerism award.  I served as president of the debate team for two years and team captain for my senior year. I also served as class secretary, Student Council secretary and team captain of the Academic Decathlon team.

In addition to the Tier One Scholarship, I received the Top 10% Scholarship, Executive Women International Opportunity Award Scholarship, the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, the UH Policy Debate scholarship, The Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation scholarship, TASC District 7 scholarship, MHS Communication scholarship, UIL Academics Scholarship, Camp Mohawk Scholarship, Adam Lee Memorial Scholarship, Alvin ISD Education Foundation Scholarship, Alvin Masonic Lodge Scholarship and the Manvel Lion’s Club Scholarship.

Study Abroad

In high school, I took dual credit Spanish I-IV and have acquired communication skills within that field. I would like to go to Spain one day, but as to when, that is und   ecided. I hope to study abroad in China to learn more about traditional herbal medicine.  Visiting any foreign nation would be intriguing and a fascinating experience.


I am interested in researching in either nuero-engineering, neuron reconstruction, genetics or anything in my major. Biomedical engineering is a HUGE field with many components in it; anything in it would be fascinating to learn more about.  Nuero-engineering would also be cool to be a part of because it deals with the brain (as well as neurons) but could lead to new discoveries about the human body and its function.  Neuron reconstruction is something I looked into this summer (2013) when I visited the Health and Biomedical Research building and it seems pretty neat to be able to reconstruct the neuron as the result of this could also impact society in a great manner. Genetics, ah! This is a field that is also growing and expanding knowledge for all mankind. Whether it be genome mapping, to gene expression manipulation, and so on, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Future Endeavors

I would like to either pursue either a medical degree or a Doctorate in Philosophy in biostatistics or biomedical engineering. Whatever I chose to do, I hope to give back to all who have helped me reach my dreams and to my community.