Congratulations to 2010 Scholar Kayla Klein on winning a graduate fellowship from the Phi Kappa Phi honors society. We asked Kayla to explain the fellowship she won and to tell us a bit about what she’s up to now:
The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship is awarded to students based on academic merit, leadership, and service who are planning to enter professional or graduate school. I was lucky enough to be chosen to represent UTD’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi this year. I plan on using this award when I enter into the University of Michigan Medical School in August of 2015 after taking a gap year to do research, finish my Master’s Degree in Applied Cognition & Neuroscience at UT Dallas, and plan a wedding [with 2011 Scholar Ryan Marcotte]! In the future I hope to pursue a career as a pediatrician so that I can work as a public health advocate for children’s mental health. While at Michigan, I also plan on attending a lot of football games and visiting the wonderful alumni network that we have in Ann Arbor!
Congrats on getting in to med school to Sagar Shah ’10! Sagar is attending the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. He has promised to spend more time in the hospital than on the beach! Aloha!
We asked Sagar about why he chose Hawaii and what his experience has been like so far. Here’s his answer:
I picked Hawaii because everything about the school seemed like a place I could see myself at when I interviewed. The people were very inviting, the school focused on teamwork rather than competition, and the curriculum was not based on lectures. Rather than memorize, regurgitate, and forget, the school focuses on PBL or problem based learning where students actively learn and teach each other. It is a method of teaching that also works as their average STEP-1 scores(boards) are ranked in the top 10 in the nation. Last week was orientation week and we had our white coat ceremony. It was a very symbolic moment, and I really think all of us were taken aback by the significance of the ceremony after taking the Hippocratic oath. Classes have already begun in full swing and I’ve started to get busy. I definitely miss UTD and my family back home. The five hour time difference isn’t always the best when you want to talk to family, but I’m enjoying my studies and learning quite a bit about the new culture here. I don’t think I’d be here if it wasn’t for the help and support of the McDermott Program. I count my blessings everyday!
Can you spot Sagar?
So you want to show your Comet pride while driving around the great state of Texas? Click here:
and vote for the new UTD license plate!
(I think I like option C…)
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Alumni Association would like to welcome and congratulate our new president — Alex Garcia Topete ’07. Alex as recently elected by the board. We look forward to more exciting activities under your leadership, and we look back in appreciation for the hardwork of outgoing president, Andres Correa ’01.
We wish the best of luck to Braeden Mayer ’09 on his upcoming trip to Venezuela. Braeden will be teaching English in Venezuela thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship.
Read more about Braden here:
Best of luck to Irene Morse ’10, as she sets off on an epic cross-country bike ride from New York to Seattle this summer. Learn about Irene’s trip and the good work she is doing at http://bikeandbuild.org/rider/7282
Above photo by Yang Xi of the UTD Mercury.
Congratulations to Brady Spenrath and Devrati Das, both 2007 McDermott Scholars, on their recent wedding!
Congratulations and welcome to the newest class of McDermott Scholar Alumni.
Congrats to McDermott Alumna Grace Bielawski ’07 on her win of the Lile Moot Court Competition at the University of Virginia. Read all about it here:
Have you not been to campus in a while? Check out this impressive 3D tour of UTD. Things have definitely changed since we first came to UTD way way back in 2001!
Here’s the link: