Kayla Klein (’10) Awarded Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

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!

Klein, Kayla


Sagar Shah ’10 begins med school in Hawaii

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? sagar1