2013 Scholars

Matthew Sarmiento

Matthew Sarmiento

 

Classification:   Freshman
Graduation Year: 2017
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
Major:  Honors Biomedical Science
High School: L.V. Hightower High School
Hometown: Missouri City

About Me

I’m a Filipino American, born in the Philippines and moved to the United States at a young age. I am the first in my immediate family to attend college in the United States. My biggest hobby would be music. I absolutely love playing the piano, having started formal lessons at the age of ten. You can often find me practicing everything from classical, to pop, to movie and video game soundtracks. I also like to sing, walking to class, in the car, and pretty much anywhere I can get away with it. I spent all four years of high school in marching band playing everything percussion, from keyboards to quint-toms. I was also in marching band leadership, as percussion section leader, and eventually drill captain. My biggest motivation is my faith; in the most difficult of challenges faith is what gets me through. I’m a practicing Roman Catholic and a member of the Knights of Columbus, the “strong right arm” of the Church. The biggest inspiration to pursue my dream of being a physician comes from my interactions with the physicians I’ve met over the years, who have shown me what it means to not only be an outstanding physician but also an outstanding human being.

Campus and Community Involvement

I’ve volunteered at the Sugar Land Animal Shelter, cleaning kennels and interacting with the shelter animals. In high school I was a part of NHS and participated in several community volunteer opportunities around my school and town. I also participated in HOSA in high school, competing in Researched Persuasive Speaking and Pathophysiology. I’m highly active in my church. In high school I served as a leader in our Life Teen program, helping manage the faith formation of my community's high school students. I am the pianist for my church, and am usually in attendance at everything that requires music. I took on the role of interim music director for several months while my church transitioned between directors, an initially daunting but highly rewarding and educational experience. At the University of Houston I am currently a part of the Honors College, the Honors Program in the Health Professions, the highly spirited Bleacher Creatures, and plan on joining the American Medical Student Association.

Awards and Honors

In addition to the Tier One Scholarship I was offered scholarships at Texas A&M and the University of Saint Thomas. In high school I received several medals for my Division One ratings at Solo and Ensemble, received Academic Excellence Awards all four years, was a National Merit Commended Student, received the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, and was awarded Most Outstanding Percussionist two consecutive years.

Study Abroad

I’m not currently taking any foreign language courses, but in the past have taken high school Spanish. I also speak some Tagalog because of my Filipino heritage. I am most interested in studying abroad in Britain, France, or Japan. The idea of experiencing another culture has always fascinated me. It excites me to think of the world outside the one I’ve always known.

Research

I would love to participate in research related to medicine. Cardiology in particular piques my interest. Regardless of what I end up researching first I simply look forward to getting hands-on experience in a laboratory setting as soon as possible.

Future Endeavors

After the University of Houston I intend to attend medical school and become a top-notch physician.