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2013 Scholars

Kristen Thompson

Kristen Thompson


Graduation Year: 2017
College: College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics 
Major:  Biochemistry
High School: Michael E Debakey High School
Hometown: Houston, TX

About Me

I bleed red, not only literally, but I’m proud of my university, and I love the Houston Rockets. I completed high school with honors and a well-rounded secondary education from DeBakey High School. I have competed successfully in spelling for both the National Beta Club and the Health Occupations Students of America. I enjoy music and video games, but above all, I love watching the Rockets play. My three older sisters inspire me because they all are accomplished healthcare workers, which is what I wish to be.

Campus and Community Involvement

I did volunteer activities throughout my middle and high school years during summertime and periodically during the school year. Some of the organizations include Texas Orthopedic Hospital, the Children’s Museum of Houston, and the Houston Food Bank. In my spare time, I like singing and playing the piano. In high school, I was historian of my class, in charge of taking photographs of events all year. I was also president of the National Beta Club as well as the Filipino-American Club.

Awards and Honors

I was inducted into my school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. I have advanced to and placed in competitions in the Health Occupations Students of America at the national level. I was named a National Merit Finalist based on my PSAT score. I received highest honors upon graduation. The scholarships I received other than the Tier One Scholarship include the Academic Excellence Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship from the University of Houston, and a scholarship for being accepted into the Houston Premedical Academy, a program with automatic acceptance to Baylor College of Medicine.

Study Abroad

I have always been interested in the Japanese culture. As a result of this, I have taught myself to read and speak Japanese. Needless to say, to study and do research in Japan would be a dream come true. In high school, I took Spanish and enjoyed it.  I intend to continue with a Spanish course in college. So traveling to South or Central America is of interest to me, as well.


I have not given this a lot of deliberation. Any research activity in the field of biochemistry that would have practical application would interest me like new cancer-fighting drugs, nanotechnology, and the like.

Future Endeavors

I plan on attending Baylor College of Medicine in pursuit of an MD. With an ever-growing appreciation for the sciences and a love for caring for others, I want to become a doctor to use my skills and knowledge to cure patients. While I am interested most in the field of radiology, my dream is to be a sports medicine doctor for the Houston Rockets.