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Plan II Awards & Recognition

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Russell Beaumont, Plan II Honors and Architecture, Awarded a 2014 British Marshall Scholarship

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Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, (John) Russell Beaumont received the Dedman Scholarship as an incoming freshman in the Plan II Honors program and in the School of Architecture, providing tuition funding, a stipend and funding for study abroad and research in Argentina and Chile during his undergraduate years at the University of Texas at Austin.

Russell spent the fall 2012 semester working for a young and upcoming architecture firm in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  At the end of that trip he returned to Chile and traveled along the coast to continue research on his thesis, “Relief and Recovery: The Role of Architecture and Solidarity in the 2010 Chilean Earthquake Reconstruction.”  Russell interviewed victims and volunteers, and saw the damage and reconstruction first hand.  In the spring of 2013 he took a studio focused on homeless families led by Overland Architects of San Antonio.  Russell was elected to lead his studio’s presentation to three members of city council outlining their findings and suggestions for Austin’s homelessness issues.
In spring 2013, Russell was again honored with the Oglesby Traveling Fellowship through the School of Architecture.  The funding allowed him to travel through Peru and Chile to do research on vernacular architecture, community initiated building practices, and their relevance to the reconstruction effort. 

In the fall of 2014, he will study International Development: Poverty, Conflict, and Reconstruction at the University of Manchester, and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture in University College London.  Russell hopes to remain involved in disaster relief and social justice architecture through professional architecture firms and non-profit organizations.

Alexandra Arambula, Plan II Honors/Biomedical Engineering Senior, Named 2013 Outstanding Student by Texas Parents Association

Texas Parents Outstanding Students Alexandra Arambula and Clark Plost enjoy a game-time spotlight with Gage Paine, vice president for Student Affairs, on Nov. 2.

Among the more than 50,000 students on campus, certain individuals emerge as leaders, making a lasting impression on their peers and the university.  Texas Parents Outstanding Student Awards showcased two studdnts in 2013/2014, including Plan II Honors senior, Alexandra Arambula.

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Arambula's impressive academic records, selfless service, strong leadership and impeccable character personify the university’s motto, “What Starts Here Changes the World.”  She was honored Nov. 1, 2013 at the 62nd annual Celebration of Leadership Dinner, hosted by Texas Parents, part of the Division of Student Affairs, and the Office of the President.

Alex Arambula: Researcher and Mentor

Arambula is completing her final year in biomedical engineering and Plan II with a pre-med concentration. Always interested in a medical profession, she became intrigued by research after attending a high school engineering summer camp at UT Austin.  “When I graduated high school, my classmates basically said I should go out and cure cancer,” she said in a video shown at the awards ceremony. “Coming into UT I was really excited about that.” She joined Professor George Georgiou’s lab at UT Austin and has worked with a therapeutic enzyme that can treat some forms of methionine-dependent cancers.

Another of her passions is guiding others. “I was a FIG mentor for three years and I have been a senior preceptor for the PLUS (Peer-Led Undergraduate Studying) Program,” she added. “Mentors have been a really important part of my life, so any way that I can give back to others that way is something that I love to do.”

Arambula, who maintains a 4.0 grade point average, also worked with a local hospice and Camp Kesem, a camp for children whose parents are affected by cancer. She says those experiences have been pivotal in her life and she ultimately hopes to integrate technical and humanistic medicine in the field of clinical research. “I think combining my passion for research with my passion for relationships as a physician is somewhere that I would like to see myself,” she said.

Arambula’s also a Normandy Scholar and involved in the Plan II Pre-Medical Society, LeaderShape-Texas, Tau Beta Pi and the Engineering Chamber Orchestra where she plays piano.

Alexandra Arambula and Vice President of Student Affairs, Gage Paine at the awards dinner.

Brette Machiorlette Recognized with the 2013 Heroes for Children Award

Brette Machiorlette, a Plan II Honors/Business junior, won the Heroes for Children Award from the State Board of Education for her work in creating and launching the Reading Aces literacy program in the Houston ISD and in Austin. Brette Machiorlette

The program provides reading mentors to at-risk elementary school students. In the four years since starting the program, Machiorlette has recruited more than 150 high school volunteers from eight public and private schools to help more than 300 at-risk children at 10 Houston community centers and elementary schools.

Machiorlette is among 17 Texans who have provided collectively more than 100 years of volunteer service to Texas public schools. She was honored Friday, Sept. 19, 2013 at the Heroes for Children Award Ceremony.

The Heroes for Children honorees are selected by the State Board of Education members and recognized for volunteering their time, talents and skills to help improve the public schools in their communities. Each hero receives a certificate of honor, a copy of the resolution scheduled for board approval, and photographs commemorating the award ceremony. The recipient also has his or her name engraved on a plaque that is permanently displayed at the Texas Education Agency.

2012/2013 Larry Temple Scholarship Recipients

This year’s Larry Temple Scholarship recipients, both Plan II Honors majors, are:
  • Will Hoenig is a second-year student with majors in Plan II Honors, Computer Engineering, and Economics. He graduated from Lake Travis High School in Austin.

    Temple WillWill's primary passion lies with Economics. He enjoys learning mathematical models and working to understand how they function with real life, and very human, concerns. He believes Economics to be a great historical driving force, and that understanding it in greater detail could potentially help the entire world tremendously. Thus, he would love to study the subject in more detail and maybe make a small contribution. Will also enjoys reading, coaching high school speech and debate, arguing, breaking things, and fixing things, and he has a mildly nerdish obsession with airplanes. In addition, he serves as Secretary of the Society of Plan II Engineers.





  • Nicole Kruijs is a second-year studying Plan II Honors and Public Health. Nicole graduated from The Academy of Science and Technology at The Woodlands College Park High School in The Woodlands.

Temple NicoleNicole’s primary interests are in merging medicine and government in order to provide better healthcare for populations around theworld. She would like to receive a MD/MPH and use these two degrees, along with her interdisciplinary education from Plan II, to work as a physician helping communities, particularly women in underdeveloped countries, receive access to healthcare. Nicole would also like to consult for international governmental organizations to create sustainable, meaningful health policy. Outside of class, Nicole is on the Varsity NCAA Rowing team and is also involved with GlobeMed and volunteering at St. David’s Hospital. In addition, she is a Legislative Aide for Senator Jose Rodriguez and is a Next Generation Scholar, doing research on HIV/AIDS and climate change with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. In her free time, Nicole enjoys being outdoors, reading, and exploring Austin.  

The Temple Scholarship <http://www.utexas.edu/cola/progs/lahonors/scholarships/lah/temple.php> honors Larry Eugene Temple, an Austin lawyer and public servant. Temple graduated with a bachelor's degree from The University of Texas at Austin in 1957, receiving a degree from The University of Texas Law School in 1959. A champion of higher education, Temple was chair of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as well as chair of the 1985 Select Committee on Higher Education. Temple has been a member of the university's Development Board, its Centennial Commission and the Commission of 125.

Temple Scholars receive $11,000 per year, renewable for three years. Application for the scholarship is open to any student achieving a 3.9 or 4.0 grade-point average during the freshman year. Recipients join other Temple Scholars in an enriched program of supplemental advising and field trips. They also have special opportunities to interact with faculty and community leaders.

2011/2012 Plan II students' leadership on campus:

Plan II junior, John D. Rutkauskas was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to the Board of Regents as the 2011/2012 student regent.  John is a Plan II Honors/French/Finance and Business Honors major.  His term as student regent begins on June 1, 2011.  As student regents, John's role will be to act as the liaison between the UT students and the Board of Regents.  Student regents attend regents meetings but do not have a vote.

Plan II junior, Natalie Butler, was recently elected as the president of the University of Texas at Austin Student Government.  Natalie is a 4th year Plan II Honors, Government, and Communication Studies major from Tempe, Arizona.  Natalie and her Vice-President, Ashley Baker, have a platform of goals they will work to achieve in their time in office.  They hope to get students more involved in the budget processes on campus, improve relationships with student organizations, work to make transportation easier, keep campus safe, prioritize health and wellness, and make sure UT is equitable for all students.

Viviana Aldous, a Plan II and Philosophy junior, was elected as editor of the Daily Texan.  Viviana worked for The Daily Texan since her freshman year.  She was a reporter for three semesters, coverning topics ranging from the tuition hikes to Plan B contraceptive, and last year as an associate news editor.

Audrey White, Plan II/multi-media journalism junior is the Managing Editor at The Daily Texan.

Carisa Nietsche, a Plan II rising senior, was elected as the president of the Senate of College Councils in February.  In addition to getting students involved in the budget process, Nietsche said as president, her vision for Senate is to elevate the councils’ impact on campus.  Nietsche is on the Liberal Arts Council, in Texas Orange Jackets and is a Plan II Peer Adviser.  She previously served as the Executive Director of Senate, 2010-11; co-chair of the Council Representation Ad-hoc, 2010-11; Faculty Affairs Committee Chair, 2009-10; Curriculum Committee At-Large Member, 2008-09; Senate “At-Large of the Year,” 2008-09.

A summary of national scholarships and fellowships awarded to Plan II students:

The Beinecke Scholarship

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Five UT Austin students in last ten years have been so honored.  Two were Plan II Honors majors:  

  • 2004, Melisa Gerecci, Plan II/Art History
  • 2008 Dhananjay Jagannathan, PlanII Honors, Classics, Philosophy and Greek
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The Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate or professional school in preparation for careers in government, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service.  The Truman Scholarship has a service requirement.  Scholars selected are required to work in public service for three of the seven years following completion of a Foundation funded graduate degree program. 

Some sixty-five Truman Scholarships are awarded annually to students throughout the United States. The University has enjoyed great success in pursuing the Truman Scholarship since its inception in 1978.  Following is a list of the UT Austin Truman Scholars.  Note that 15 of the 21 Truman Scholars (and two of the four alternates) from the University of Texas during the last 30 years have been Plan II majors with a very wide variety of additional majors, ranging from finance to chemical engineering to government and architecture.

UT Austin Truman Scholarship Winners and Alternates

  • 1979    Carmen Marie Serna, BA, Government,1980
  • 1981    Cheryl McManus, BBA, Management, Spring 1982; BA, Government, 1982
  • 1983    Steven Mitchell Rudner, BA, Plan II Honors, 1984
  • 1984    Scott Lynn Scarborough, BBA, Accounting,1985 (alternate)   
  • 1985    John Anderson Edwards, BA, Plan II Honors, 1987 (alternate)  
  • 1986    Shellye, Cay Arnold, BA, Government, 1987 (alternate) 
  • 1989    Kevin Duane McHargue, BA, Plan II Honors, 1991
  • 1989    Cliff William Vrielink, BA, Plan II Honors, 1990  (alternate)  
  • 1993    Jenifer Osorno, BA, Humanities,1994
  • 1993    Lisa Nicole Davis, BA, Plan II Honors/Sociology, 1995
  • 1995    Glenn Otis Brown, BA, Plan II Honors and History, 1996
  • 1998    Marianna (Marina) Vishnevetsky, BA, Plan II Honors, Russian and Government, 1999
  • 1999    Adrian Joseph Rodriguez, BA, Government & Economics, 2000
  • 2000    Sara Cecilia Galvan, BA, Plan II Honors and Spanish; Bachelor of Architecture, 2001
  • 2001    Richa M. Gulati, BA, Plan II Honors and Asian Studies, 2002
  • 2002    Alexandra Chirinos, BA, Plan II Honors, BBA, Business Honors and Finance, 2003
  • 2003    Heidi S. Boutros, BA, Plan II Honors and Government, 2004
  • 2003    Corrina A. Kester, BA, Plan II Honors; BS, Chemical Engineering, 2004
  • 2004    Lauren Lien, BA, Government and Humanities, Spring 2005
  • 2005    Lauren Gilstrap, BA, Plan II Honors; BBA, Business Honors and Finance, 2006
  • 2005    Rebekah Sue Perry, BA, Plan II Honors, Government and Philosophy, 2006
  • 2006    Manasi Deshpande, BA, Plan II Honors, Economics and Mathematics, 2007
  • 2007    Lauren Koehler, BA, Plan II Honors, Government and Spanish, 2008
  • 2009    Marissa Duswalt, BA, Plan II Honors and Nutrition, 2010

The British Marshall Scholarships

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

The British Marshall Scholarships fund two full years of graduate study leading to a degree in Great Britain.  In the past these awards have taken U.T. students, in fields ranging from Electrical Engineering and Government to Mathematics and French, to Oxford, Cambridge, and other British universities. 

  • Gordon Langston Wells, B.A., Plan II Honors (1977)
  • James Norris Loehlin, B.A., Plan II Honors (1986)
  • John Christopher Rozendaal, B.A., Plan II Honors (1989)
  • Jacqueline Colette Trimier, B.A., Plan II Honors (1991)
  • Paul Domjan, BA, Plan II Honors and Russian, Eastern European & Eurasian Studies (2001)
  • Jack Tannous, BA, Plan II Honors, Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic, History (2002)
  • Michael Hoffmann, BA, Plan II Honors and BS in Biochemistry (2003)
  • James Scott, BA, Plan II Honors; BS in Mathematics (2004)
  • Heidi Boutros, BA, Plan II Honors and Government (2006)
  • Zain Yoonas, BA, Plan II Honors, History and Middle Eastern Studies (2008)
  • Dhananjay Jagganathan, BA, Plan II Honors, Philosophy, Classical Civilization and Greek (2009)
  • (John) Russell Beaumont, BA, Plan II Honors, Bachelor of Architecture (2014)

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The Rhodes Scholarships

The Rhodes Scholarships were established after the death of Cecil Rhodes, who dreamed of improving the world through the diffusion of leaders motivated to serve their contemporaries, trained in the contemplative life of the mind, and broadened by their acquaintance with one another and by their exposure to cultures different from their own. Mr. Rhodes hoped that his plan of bringing able students from throughout the English-speaking world and beyond to study at Oxford University would aid in the promotion of international understanding and peace. Each year, 32 U. S. citizens are among more than 80 Rhodes Scholars worldwide who take up degree courses at Oxford University. The first American Rhodes Scholars entered Oxford in 1904.

Mr. Rhodes’ will contains four criteria by which prospective Rhodes Scholars are to be selected:

  1. literary and scholastic attainments;
  2. energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports;
  3. truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship;
  4. moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings.

In the 104 year history of the Rhodes Scholarship, the University of Texas has been awarded 27 scholarships.  Ten of those were awarded between 1904 and 1933, before Plan II Honors was created in 1935.  Of the seventeen UT Rhodes Scholars since 1939, four were Plan II Honors majors:

  • Mark Harold Somerville, BA, Plan II Honors; BS, Electrical Engineering,1990                  
  • Jennifer Bradley, Plan II Honors and English,1992
  • Sean Braswell, BA, Plan II Honors, 1999
  • Sara Cecilia Galván, BA, Plan II Honors and Spanish, Bachelor of Architecture, 2001

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Gates Cambridge Scholars

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-cost awards for graduate study and research in any subject available at the University of Cambridge.  Scholarships are awarded on the basis of the candidate’s academic excellence, a good fit between the Scholar and the University of Cambridge, evidence of leadership potential and a commitment to improving the lives of others.  In selecting Gates Cambridge Scholars, the Trust looks for students with enthusiasm, robustness of intellect, a willingness to engage and an appropriate humility that comes from an awareness that nothing is ever really simple. 

In particular, Gates Scholars will be driven by the values of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which include a commitment to reducing inequities and improving lives around the world.  The Foundation’s mission is to increase opportunity and equity for those most in need, particularly in the areas of health and education, often through the use of science and technology. 

The Trust expects a good match to be made between the applicant's qualifications and aspirations and what Cambridge has to offer. Successful applicants will have the ability to make a significant contribution to their discipline while in Cambridge, with a strong aptitude for research, analysis and a creative approach to defining and solving problems.

  • Sarah Tierney, BA, Plan II Honors and BS in Computer Science, 2004

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Jacob K. Javits Scholars

The Javits is a Department of Education fellowship for students of the arts, humanities and social sciences who demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need to undertake graduate study.  Jacob K. Javits Fellowships cover tuition and fees and provide up to $30,000 a year for living expenses. Fellows are selected on the basis of financial need and superior academic ability in selected fields of arts, humanities and social sciences.

  • Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
  • Stephanie Hays
  • Will Bibee, Plan II 2009 (Javits recipient, 2011)

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships in this competition pending availability of funds. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.

This fellowship offers recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the natural sciences, the social sciences and engineering. Awards carry a $27,500 annual stipend, and an additional annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500.

  • Sarah Novak, Plan II Honors and Psychology (BA), 2001
  • Michael J Demkowicz, Plan II Honors (BA), Physics (BS) and Aerospace Engineering (BS), 2000
  • Michael M. Hoffman, Plan II Honors (BA) and Biochemistry (BS) 2003
  • James Scott, Plan II Honors (BA) and Mathematics (BS) 2004

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Mellon Fellowship

The Mellon Fellowship is a nationally competitive award for first-year doctoral students, and fellows may take their awards to any accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada. The Fellowship covers tuition and fees for the first year of graduate study and includes a stipend of $17,500. This year 85 Fellowships were awarded.

  • Kimberly Hill, 2002
  • Stephanie Hays, 2003
  • Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, 2004
  • Justin Glasson, 2004

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George Mitchell Fellowship:

The Mitchell Scholars Program is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Twelve Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on three criteria: academic excellence, leadership, and a sustained commitment to service and community. The Mitchell Scholars Program provides tuition, housing, a living expenses stipend, and an international travel stipend.

  • Alexandra Chirinos, 2002

2012 Anjali Datta, Plan II/Engineering Senior, Receives Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Anjali Datta, a Plan II Honors and electrical and computer engineering senior, and Kelly Moynihan, a biomedical engineering senior, are among only 15 students in the nation selected this year to receive a five-year, $250,000 Hertz Foundation Fellowship to pursue graduate research at the university of their choice.

From over 600 applicants, 15 were selected to receive the Hertz Fellowship, considered to be the nation’s most generous support for graduate education in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. The Hertz Fellowship is valued at more than $250,000 per student, with support lasting up to five years. Fellows have the freedom to innovate in their doctoral studies without university or research restrictions.

Datta’s research could help lead to earlier diagnosis of glaucoma, one of the leading causes of blindness worldwide. Moynihan, who will pursue her Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this fall, hopes to develop a nanostructured drug delivery system that improves disease treatment.

Datta, of Grapevine, will graduate in May.  She is a Robert H. Dedman Distinguished Scholar, the top scholarship in the College of Liberal Arts and is also an Ernest Cockrell Jr. Engineering Scholar, the top scholarship awarded in the Cockrell School of Engineering. Her undergraduate research has focused on retinal image processing for a glaucoma diagnosis system in Biomedical Engineering Professor Mia Markey’s lab.

Datta, who is 19, will receive honors in electrical and computer engineering, natural sciences and liberal arts upon her graduation in May. She has won many awards and served in leadership roles in many campus organizations.
“I am passionate about engineering because I can make a real difference through it,” Datta said. “You can help find ways to diagnose diseases sooner and see the effect of your work in people.”  Datta said she aspires to be a researcher and professor after finishing graduate school at Stanford, MIT or UC Berkeley.

Datta has served as a tutor, mentor and leader in numerous student organizations, including the Engineering Honors Council, Eta Kappa Nu (the Electrical Engineering Honor Society), SP2E (the Society of Plan II Engineers) and the Society of Women Engineers. She has not yet decided where she will pursue her Ph.D.

The Hertz Foundation Fellowship is the highest valued and one of the most competitive fellowships in the applied physical, biological and engineering sciences, said Hans Mark, engineer professor and senior Hertz Foundation board member.  Mark said the fellowship will provide the recipients academic freedom throughout their graduate studies.  “Both these girls are absolutely first class,” Marks said. “To even make it to the interview process they had to have 4.0 averages and all kinds of publications from undergraduate work.”  Mark said after going through the paperwork, 600 applicants are reduced to 150, then after the interviews, 50 finalists remain in which the 15 fellows are chosen.

Dedman Distinguished Scholarship 2010-2014

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored three Plan II Honors students with a Dedman Distinguished Scholarship, which provides $13,000 per academic year for four years, as well as supplemental funding for study abroad programs. The award is based on class rank, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, exemplary extracurricular activities, community service and an interview.  Three Dedman Scholarships were awarded in 2010.

  • Elizabeth Barnes, Episcopal School,Dallas. TX
  • Alexander Fischer, Woodlands High School,The Woodlands, TX
  • Katherine Sinclair, St Pius X High School, Albuquerque, NM

Grace Eckhoff awarded 2010 British Marshall ScholarshipGrace Eckhoff

Eckhoff, a Plan II Honors and Dean's Scholars Honors Biology major, grew up in Haiti, where her parents were doctors at a small hospital. While her parents were working, she'd often pass the time playing with the kids in the chronic illness ward, most of whom had tuberculosis. They were being treated there, rather than at home, precisely to preempt the development of drug resistant strains of tuberculosis.

These awards celebrate and reward undergraduate students who have demonstrated unparalleled dedication and achievement in their fields of study.

Read about Grace's research on tuberculosis in Afghanistan.

In 2010/2011 the two Temple Scholars were Plan II Honors students: 

  • Christopher  Cacciatore, a Plan II Honors and Honors Biochemistry major, who is also in the Dean’s Scholars Honors program.  Chris is from Houston and graduated from Clear Lake High School. 
  • Carol Soules, a Plan II Honors and Philosophy major.  Carol graduated from St. Mary’s Hall High School in San Antonio.

2010:  Catherine Chiodo, Plan II and English, May 2010, was awarded the Jenny Lind Porter $1000 scholarship by the Austin Poetry Society.

This Scholarship is named to honor Austin Poetry Society member Jenny Lind Porter.  Dr. Porter was the Poet Laureate of the State of Texas  for 1964-1965. A Professor Emeritus from Huston Tillotson University, Dr. Porter taught creative writing to some 12,000 Texas students. She  is a widely-published, prize-winning poet and author.

     

Dhananjay Jagannathan awarded 2009 British Marshall Scholarship

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Dhananjay pursues majors in Plan II, Classics, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Greek
Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability for two years of study in the United Kingdom. Recent Awards 



  • 2009 University Co-op / George H. Mitchell Undergraduate Awards For Academic Excellence

Three of the nine Mitchell Awards go to Plan II Honors students, including the $20,000 Grand Prize

  • Dedman Distinguished Scholarship 2009-2013

The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has honored five Plan II Honors students with a Dedman Distinguished Scholarship, which provides $13,000 per academic year for four years, as well as supplemental funding for study abroad programs. The award is based on class rank, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, exemplary extracurricular activities, community service and an interview.  Six Dedman Scholarships were awarded in 2009.

The Dedman Scholars for the Class of 2013 (freshmen entering 2009) are:

  • Katherine Kling - St. Agnes Academy, Houston
  • Lindsey Maxon - Lamar High School, Arlington
  • Nolan Oldham - Palacios High School, Palacios
  • Natalie San Luis - Jack C. Hays High School, Buda
  • Michael Wham - Home Schooled, Woodlands

Truman Scholarship

AUSTIN, Texas — Marissa Duswalt, a junior nutrition and Plan II honors major at The University of Texas at Austin, has been selected as a 2009 Truman Scholar.


Marissa Nichole Duswalt, a spring 2010 Plan II Honors and Dean’s Scholars graduate in Nutritional Science (Registered Dietitian) was awarded a 2009 Truman Scholar http://www.truman.gov/. The selection committee recognized her interest and leadership in the fields of childhood nutrition, behavioral and culinary science, and American food culture.  She's particularly interested in investigating ways to remedy the increasing rates of obesity in American children in a degree “that combines all of the concerns surrounding nutrition, which simultaneously involves cultural, global, economic, scientific and political issues."  Marissa plans to travel to Washington, D.C. as a Truman-Albright Fellow. She is looking into positions at the Department of Agriculture as well as the White House “Let’s Move” campaign against childhood obesity.  After working in public health policy for the yearlong fellowship, Marissa will return to graduate school to continue her education in public health.

Plan II Alumna Aurora Lora Named 2009 Outstanding Young Texas Ex

Aurora Lora is one of four University of Texas alumni chosen by the Texas Exes to receive the 2009 Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award. The Texas Exes inaugurated the award in 1980 to recognize young alumni who are distinguished in their fields and have demonstrated a continuing interest in The University of Texas and the Texas Exes. A recipient must be younger than 40 on January 1 of the year in which the award is presented. The four Outstanding Exes will be honored at a ceremony to be held at the Alumni Center during the May 2009 commencement.aurora-lora

In 2009/2010,

  • Plan II Honors and Biomedical Engineering major, Natalie Craik received one of the two Temple Scholarships awarded.  Natalie is an Austin native who attended Westlake High School.

Two of the three 2008-09 Larry Temple Scholarship recipients were:

  • Plan II Honors, French and Economics major, William Cochran, who was the valedictorian of his class at Tom Clark High School in San Antonio; and,
  • Nicole Masole, a Plan II Honors and Government major from Cedar Hill High School in Midlothian, Texas.  Nicole is currently also a member of the Longhorn Band.

 In 2007/2008, four Temple Scholarships were awarded to Plan II Honors majors:

  • Dhananjay Jagannathan, a Plan II Honors, Philosophy and Classics major who graduated in 2009.  Dhananjay was also awarded a Beinecke Scholarship and a Marshall Scholarship for post-baccalaureate work is currently conducting at Oxford and Cambridge;
  • Marissa Duswalt, a Plan II Honors and Nutrition Science Dean’s Scholars Honors major who also received a 2009 Truman Scholarship ;
  • Joseph Kolker, a Plan II and History major, who was another Austin native, graduating from McCallum High School; and,
  • Amanda Longoria, from McAllen Memorial High School in McAllen, TX.  Amanda graduated with a major in Plan II Honors and a B.S. In Nutrition.

Awards Archives

Plan II Honors students named Dean's Distinguished Graduates
Eight Plan II Students named to prestigious list

Plan II Students Selected as Dedman Scholars for 2005-2006
Five of six entering freshmen Dedman Scholars are Plan II majors

2006 Marshall Scholarship Awarded to Plan II Alumna
Heidi Boutros Honored

Plan II Student Receives Prestigious Scholarship
Manasi Deshpande Honored with Truman Scholarship

Texas Exes Award President's Leadership Awards for 2006
Four of the seven recipients are Plan II students

Incoming Plan II Student Receives Community Service Award

George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence 2006
Four Plan II students recognized for thesis work.

Plan II Honors Student, Lauren Koehler, Awarded 2007-2008 Truman Scholarship
Lauren was selected as one of the 65 recipients chosen from 585 students nominated from 280 colleges and universities.

Elizabeth Brummett, Plan II Alum, Recipient of the 2007 J.J. "Jake" Pickle Citizenship Award
The Pickle Citizenship award goes to an outstanding student whose contributions to campus life exemplify high standards of leadership and service.

Manasi Deshpande: 2007 Recipient of the PAL-Make a Difference Award
Award recognizes student participation in leadership and public service initiatives with $1,000 and a certificate.

Humanities Research Center Announces Plan II HRC Interns for 2007/2008
* Josh Freiman * Anne Frugé * Joey Kolker

2007 University Co-Op George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence
Plan II Honors students awarded six of the nine Mitchell awards

LLILAS Internships awarded to three Plan II Honors students
Laura Koehler, Sarah Meyers and Maria Parham

Tara Buentello receives the 2007 Rowe Koehl Student Travel Award

Plan II/Psychology major Sonya Crocker named 2008 UT female Student of the Year
Sonya was introduced as the recipient of the award at the UT v Oklahoma State football game on Oct. 25.

Director of Plan II, Michael Stoff, Recognized

2006 Marshall Scholarship Awarded to Plan II Alumna

Heidi Boutros Honored

Posted: December 5, 2005

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

  • 2009 Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award recipient is Auroa Lora (Plan II, '00). She is the founder and administrator of the Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women in Portland, Oregon.
  • 2008 Outstanding Young Texas Exes Award recipient is Michael G. Appleman, 1990 Plan II Honors alum, JD 1993 (Partner, Cantey Hanger, LLP of Fort Worth, Texas)

Awards Earned by Plan II Students in 2006/2007

Youth Launch Scholarship for Outstanding Service, Dedman Scholarship and the 2006 W. Neal Kocurek St. David's Scholarship

Sherrill (Charlie) Rose, an incoming first-year Plan II student, received the Youth Launch Scholarship for Outstanding Service for her exemplary work in the community. She was one of only three seniors selected from across the state of Texas. Rose, a single-parent, balanced the demands of motherhood, donted hundreds of hours of service to her community and completed her high school education at Garza Independence High School in Austin, TX. Rose was a peer educator for the No Kidding program and visited high schools across the city to teach the realities of teen parenthood.

The 2006/2007 Kocurek St. David's $4,000 Scholarships were awarded to seven Austin high school graduates pursuing professions in health care. The Kocurek "scholarship program seeks students that embody Neal's [Kocurek] leadership and commitment to community. His vision strengthened health services and access to health care for future generations of Central Texans. A native Austinite, Neal never stopped learning and contributing to the community he loved."

Rose was also the recipient of a UT Dedman Scholarship which provides funding for four years while she pursues her Plan II major along with math and biology. The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin selected seven in-coming Plan II Honors students for the Dedman Distinguished Scholars, Class of 2010. These students were selected based on class rank, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, exemplary extracurricular activities, community service and interviews. Each student will receive $10,000 per academic year for four years.

Glamour Magazine’s “Top Ten College Women” for 2006

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Plan II/Government/Business Honors/Finance major, Christine Olivia Nguyen, was named one of Glamour Magazine’s “Top Ten College Women” this year. Each year the magazine seeks inspiring women leaders on university campuses, who have unique career goals in many areas: science, politics, medicine, education, the arts, music, etc. See the full article.
Christina, who also spent a summer working with U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R, TX), founded the Southeast Asian Children’s Coalition, a nonprofit organization that offers elementary school scholarships, vocational training and English lessons to sex-trafficking survivors.

In 2004/2005, Christine was named a Goldman-Sachs Global Leader and a Cactus Goodfellow.

Awards Earned by Plan II Students in 2005/2006

Marshall Award

On 5 December 2005, the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission announced the winners of the 2006 Marshall Scholarships chosen by the eight regional committees. Plan II Honors 2004 alumna, Heidi Boutros, was one of the recipients and plans to study at University of Oxford in International Relations. Marshall Scholarships finance young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom. At least forty Scholars are selected each year to study either at graduate or occasionally undergraduate level at an UK institution in any field of study. Each scholarship is held for two years.

As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programmes contributes to their ultimate personal success.

Truman Scholarship

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Plan II Honors student, Manasi Deshpande, was awarded a 2006 Harry S. Truman Scholarship on Tuesday, March 28, 2006. Manasi is majoring in Economics, Math, and Plan II at the University of Texas at Austin. She works as a Supplemental Instructor in the Department of Economics and serves as co-Chair of Students for a Sustainable Campus. As founder and president of Students for Access, Manasi is also devoted to improving campus accessibility and disability services. She recently conducted a research study on campus accessibility, and she is now leading a student effort to develop an online interactive accessibility map of campus. Manasi hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in natural resource economics and a career in energy policy.

President’s Leadership Award for Outstanding Student Leadership

On April 6, 2006, the Texas Exes awarded seven students with the President’s Leadership Award for Outstanding Student Leadership. Four of the seven recipients were Plan II Honors students. Leadership hinges on values, relationships and a strong conviction in the future. Recipients are expected to emerge as future leaders for this university.  We look forward to that leadership, and we’re proud of their accomplishments here at UT. Over 70 students were nominated, and the Texas Exes are thankful for your commitment to mentoring young minds and providing an exciting learning environment for leadership education:      

Matthew Ashbaugh; Plan II/Finance and Business Honors (sophomore)

Manasi A. Deshpande; Plan II/Economics/Math (junior)

Sheena Paul; Plan II/Marketing and Business Honor (senior)

Kan Yan; Plan II/Government (senior)

2006 Outstanding Student Awards

Five of the nine Cactus Yearbook 2006 Outstanding Student Awards were awarded to Plan II Honors students:

Manasi Deshpande

Reid Long

Kate Nanney

Christine Olivia Nguyen

Sheena Paul

Staff Award 2006/2007:


Plan II Honors' Director of Admissions, Jennifer Scalora, was recognized for the University of Texas Staff Excellence Award.

2006/2010 Dedman Distinguished Scholars


The College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin has selected seven in-coming Plan II Honors students for the Dedman Distinguished Scholars, Class of 2010. These students were selected based on class rank, Scholastic Aptitude Test scores, exemplary extracurricular activities, community service and interviews. Each student will receive $10,000 per academic year for four years. Scholarship recipients include:

Gina Calabrese, Bowie High School, Austin, Texas

Grace Eckhoff, Bellaire Senior High School, Bellaire, Texas

Sherrill “Charlie” Rose, Garza Independence High School, Austin, Texas

Margaret Sanders, LBJ High School, Austin, Texas

Esin Saribudak, Klein High School, Klein, Texas

Brady Stoll, Dripping Springs High School, Dripping Springs, Texas

David Zummo, Kinkaid High School, Houston, Texas


A selection committee interviewed the top 14 students who were selected from a pool of more than 700 applications. In making their decisions, committee members considered academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and important accomplishments.
“ These seven students are talented and energetic, intelligent and imaginative,” said Larry Carver, director of the college’s honors program. “They will contribute greatly to our community in the next four years and beyond.”
The naming of the Dedman Distinguished Scholarship honors Robert and Nancy Dedman of Dallas. Their $10 million gift in May 1986 provided the endowment that funds these scholarships, the first of which was awarded for the 1989-1990 academic year. Dedman graduates, some 75 to date, have gone on to matriculate in the country’s best graduate programs, medical and law schools. The scholarships are based on merit rather than need, although most of the applicants are from middle- to low-income families.


Plan II Honors senior, Anya Rous, won the Pena Award, a distinction in Women's and Gender Studies scholarship and service.

Noelene Clark named as the spring 2006 managing editor of the Daily Texan.

McReynolds Scholarship

The winners of the $1,000 McReynolds Scholarship for pre-medical students are Plan II Honors students:
Maria Lee, Judy Lu, and Armand Morel

Texas Parents Outstanding Student Award:


Plan II Honors/Management Information Science/Business Honors student, Austin McNamee was named as a finalist for the Texas Parents Outstanding Student Award in October, 2005.

Dedman Scholarship, 2005-2009:


Five of six entering freshmen selected as Dedman Distinguished Scholars, Class of 2009 are Plan II Honors students.

*    Travis Cosban—Taylor High School, Katy, Texas
*    Brian Dillon—Strake Jesuit High School, Houston
*    Katlyn Jennings—La Porte High School, La Porte, Texas
*    Susan Shaffer—Red Oak High School, Red Oak, Texas
*    Xiao “Sherry” Yao—Bellaire High School, Houston

Awards Earned by Plan II Students in 2004/2005

Plan II Honors' Dean's Distinguished Graduates,
May 2005, College of Liberal Arts:


William Henry Bridges, IV

While at UT, William distinguished himself with outstanding performances in both rhetoric and Japanese. He taught English and Japanese at Star Charter Schoole while completing a triple major in English Honors, Plan II Honors, and Japanese. William will start a PhD program
at Princeton in East Asian Studies in the fall.


Melisa Gerecci

In addition to extensive work with the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Melisa wrote her Plan II Honors thesis on the San Antonio Museum of Art as Adaptive Reuse of the Lone Star Brewery. She spent her time as an active member of the Plan II Students Association, an Op-Ed writer for the Daily Texan and volunteering with the UT Austin Catholic Center.

Amber R. Holloway

Amber mainained a stellar academic record while serving as an administrator and staff member of Americorps' Communities in Classrooms and as an operations coordinator intern for Teach for America. In addition to completing a creative writing thesis for Plan II Honors, Amber has served the past two years as the University's Ombsudsman, working with faculty, staff, and students to ensure equitable University policies. After graduation, Amber will attend the Clinton School of Public Service, begin a two-year commitment to Teach for America or attend the Michener Center for Writers.


Vincent Kuo

Vincent completed the Plan II Honors major and the premedical course work while studying piano in the School of Music. He has performed with the Fort Worth Symphony and will accompany the Dallas Asian America Youth Orchestra this May on their trip to Beijing. Vincent has volunteered with the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, UT Student Health Center and Plano Medical Center. He will attend UT Southwestern Medical School in the fall.

David Mandel-Anthony

David spent time in Mississippi conducting research and human rights and labor workshops to advocate for immigrant rights as part of his Plan II Honors thesis on Mayan poultry workers in the United States. He has been involved as an activist for environmental causes, fair trade and human rights organizations, and is a 2005 American Fellow for Humanity in Action.


Randal Boyd McDonald III

Randy graduates with a triple major in Plan II Honors, History and Latin. He also completed a minor in Religious Studies. His recently completed thesis is on the History of Mormon culture in the press from 1850-1890. While at UT, Randy was a member of the Liberal Arts Council, Texas Revue Committee and Mortar Board Visor Chapter, as well as a Plan II Peer Adviser, a Latin tutor, an orientation adviser and a Teach for America Campus Coordinator


Rebecca Teng

Rebecca served as president of the Student Health Advisory Committee, as a chair in the Liberal Arts Council, as an intern for Texas Representative Elvira Reyna, and as a translator at the Austin Volunteer Healthcare Clinic. She graduates with a double major in Plan II Honors and Spanish and also completed the premedical course work. Rebecca will attend UT Southwestern Medical School this fall.

Julie Wimmer

Julie, who completed three majors in Government Honors, Plan II Honors and Latin American Studies, wrote her thesis on the effect of South Texas' education policy on immigration from Mexico. She is an active member of the Senate of College Councils, Student Government, and the Friar Society, as well as the President of Orange Jackets. After graduation, Julie plans to volunteer in Central or South America, preferably through the PeaceCorps.


(Plan II Honors students are 8 of the 12
distinguished graduates in Liberal Arts in 2005)

Truman Scholarship, 2005:

Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced that 75 students from 65 US colleges and universities have been selected as 2005 Truman Scholars. They were elected by nineteen independent selection panels on the basis of leadership potential, intellectual ability, and likelihood of 'making a difference.'

The 75 Scholars were selected from among 602 candidates nominated by 299 colleges and universities. Each selection panel interviewed Finalists from a 3 - 4 state region and generally elected one Scholar from each state and one or two at-large Scholars from the region. Each panel typically included a university president, a federal judge, a distinguished public servant, and a past Truman Scholarship winner.

Two Plan II Honors students were awarded a Harry S Truman Scholarship in March of 2005, Lauren Gilstrap and Rebekah Perry.

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Lauren Gilstrap is completing the pre-medical track, a BA in Plan II Honors, as well as a BBA in Business Honors and Finance. Lauren is currently the Health and Human Services Legislative Assistant for Texas State Senator Judith Zaffarini. Last session, she held a similar position in the office of Senator Eliot Shapleigh. Lauren also works with the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston, School of Public Health, coordinating a research program between the school and state legislature. On campus, Lauren researches carbon fullerenes in the lab of Dr. J.J. Lagowski and is very involved in student government, the senate of college councils and various service organizations. After completing a joint M.D./M.P.P., Lauren plans to pursue a career in medicine with a focus on public health and legislative healthcare policy. From a small town in northeast Texas, Lauren loves sports, traveling and believes the most important things in life are "The Three F's" - faith, family and friends.


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Becky Perry is a Plan II, Government, and Philosophy junior at the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as a legislative intern for State Representative Charlie Howard, writes a weekly opinion column for The Daily Texan, and mentors local high school students through the Speak Up Speak Out! civic participation program. Becky also enjoys participating in moot court competition, counseling at Worldview Academy leadership camps, and kickboxing. The oldest of five children, Becky was home schooled through high school. She hopes to pursue a law degree, a master’s in public affairs, and a career in constitutional law.

Each Scholarship provides $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be US citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class, and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector. The 2005 Truman Scholars will assemble May 15 for a week-long leadership development program at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, and receive their awards in a special ceremony at the Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, on May 22, 2005.

Goldman Sachs Global Leader

Plan II sophomore, Christine Olivia Nguyen (Plan II Honors/Business Honors/Finance), was named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. This (fifth annual) competition sought to identify 100 of the most accomplished second-year students on college campuses. Only sixteen awards are granted in the United States to undergraduates. The Goldman Sachs Foundation will award each of the 100 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders $3,000 and will recognize their achievements in a public ceremony. The Global Leadership Institute will offer this select group an opportunity to participate in leadership training and seminars on timely international issues. Institute participants will consult with renowned leaders in the public, civic, and private sectors and build ties among themselves based on shared common goals and interests.

Christine was also chosen as a 2004/2005 Cactus Goodfellow.christine-nguyen



Cordelia McWilliams Gilbert Scholarship

Plan II junior, Katie Reppa, is this year's Phi Beta Kappa recipient of the Cordelia McWilliams Gilbert Scholarship. The $2000 award is offered to junior students inducted into Phi Beta Kappa who will complete a senior honors thesis in an honors program. Katie's working thesis title is "Painting Like Caravaggio: A Modern Take on Narrative Painting." Her project will be supervised by Dan Sutherland in the Department of Art and Art History. See also: Phi Beta Kappa Austin Alumni Association

Texas Exes Honor Students for Outstanding Leadership


Two of the seven UT Austin students honored by the Texas Exes for their achievements as campus leaders are from Plan II Honors. These students are leaders in their courses, student and professional organizations, community organizations and more. The President’s Leadership Award recipients were honored during the Texas Exes Student Leadership Awards on Thursday, April 14 at the Etter-Harbin AlumniCenter.  More information on Outstanding Leadership awards

Lauren Gilstrap, Marshall, Texas, Junior, Plan II/Business Honors


Leadership Experience: Senate of College Councils, Student Government, Student Volunteer Board, Liberal Arts Council, Orange Jackets, Junior Fellows Research Organization, Plan II Pre-Medical Society
Honors/Awards: Truman Scholar Nominee, UT Distinguished Scholar, University Honors, Golden Key Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, National Dean’s List, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society

Tara Buentello, Needville, Texas, Freshman, Plan II

Leadership Experience: Mexican American Culture Committee, University Residence Hall Association, Orientation Advisor, Broccoli Project (Plan II Theatre), Oxfam UT, Great Outdoors Project, Plan II Students Association, Terry Scholar Student Students Association
Honors/Awards: Terry Foundation Scholar

George H. Mitchell Business Leadership Award

Plan II/Business Honors/MIS junior, Austin McNamee, and Plan II/Business Honors sophomore Abby Tseng, were awarded the two George H. Mitchell Business Leadership Awards for 2004-2005.

2005 Outstanding Student Awards:

Plan II Honors students win 2005 Outstanding Student Awards from the University of Texas at Austin Texas Student Publications and the Cactus Yearbook:

Barry Duong

Lauren Gilstrap

Patricia Monticello

Julie Wimmer


Three Plan II Honors students are finalists for the University of Texas Parents' Association 2005 Outstanding Student Award:


Amber Holloway (Plan II/Religious Studies) On campus, Amber is the University Ombudsman, a Connally Center for Justice trained mediator, a student associate for the UT Libraries and a participant in the UT Rome Student Program. In the community, she served as a Level 3 volunteer for the Austin city Limits Music Festival, a crisis intervention Caseworker for Communities in Schools of Central Texas and an Operations Coordinator Intern for Teach for America. After graduation, Amber will attend the Clinton School of Public Service, begin a two-year commitment to Teach for America or attend the Michener Center for Writers.

Jacob Ward (Plan II/Mechanical Engineering/Latin American Studies) On campus, he is the President of the Engineering Honors Council, a Resident Assistant, a scholar in the Roden Leadership Program and the service chair for Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. In the community, Jacob teaches Spanish at Boone Elementary School and conducts science fairs at elementary schools during Central Texas Engineers Week. Jake was recently awarded an Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Materials Science. After graduation, Jacob will continue his studies in technology and Latin America, hoping to achieve technological advances to benefit Latin America.

Julie Wimmer (Plan II/Latin American Studies) On campus, she is the President of the Orange Jackets, co-author of the Student Bill of Rights, a Resident Assistant and a member of the Presidential Student Advisory Council and Friar Society. In the community, she served as Education Program Director for the Eastside Community Connection, a court watcher for Austin's local shelter SafePlace, and has participated in education programs for rural Texans, senior in the Dallas area and orphans in the Dominican Republic. Julie is a Distinguished Scholar and has received numerous scholarships and academic awards. After graduation, Julie plans to volunteer in Central or South America, preferably through the PeaceCorps.

Publications, Essays and Presentations:

Congratulations to Merila Walker who has had a research paper accepted for publication which will appear in the February 1, 2005, supplement to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Titled: "Stenting in Patients with Subacute or Acute Vertebro-basilar Insufficiency and Stroke Dramatically Improves Clinical Outcomes; Long Term Follow-Up," R. Stefan Kiesz, P. Buszman, O. Munoz, M. Walker. San Antonio Endovascular and Heart Institute, Silecian Medical School, Katowice, Poland.

Lauren Gilstrap and Reid Long, Plan II Juniors, won 3rd prize in the Undergraduate Poster Session at the Southwest Regional American Chemical Society meeting for their poster entitled "Spectrographic analysis of N,N’-dimethylethylenediamine-[60]-fullerene complexes with palladium(II) and cobalt(II) chloride" on research conducted in the labs of J.J. Lagowski.

Honors Day, 2005:

Melisa Gerecci spoke as the Honors Student Representative at 2005 Honors Day

Melissa, a Plan II senior and Beinecke Scholar, was invited by UT Austin president, Larry Faulker, to offer remarks at the 10:00 am, Saturday, April 9, 2005 Honors Day Program at the Bass Concert Hall. The ceremony honors scholars from the Colleges and Schools of Architecture, Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Nursing.

Lauren Gilstrap spoke as the Honors Student Representative at 2005 Honors Day

Lauren, a Plan II senior and Truman Scholar, was invited by UT Austin president, Larry Faulker, to offer remarks at the 2:00 pm,. Saturday, April 9, 2005 Honors Day Program at the Bass Concert Hall. The ceremony honors scholars from the Colleges and Schools of Communications, Engineering, Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, Pharmacy and Social Work.


2004/2005 Plan II Honors Worthington Essay Contest Winners:

Elizabeth Block, (last year's first-year winner), first prize, $2,500

Chris Morley, freshman prize, $1,500

Katherine Pitts, second prize, $1,000


The Albert Prize

Amy Alison Pierce. The Ethics of Decision Making in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The Albert Prize is a $300 award for an outstanding Plan II Honors thesis on a topic related to the field of medical science.

Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarships awarded to Plan II students for 2005/2006 academic year:

Albrecht, Paul A.
Broyles, Austin H.
Burson, Jane G.
Carter, Caroline M.
Chung, Stephanie A.
Garner, Brette A.
Gilstrap, Lauren G.
Hammond, Patricia A.
Hoover, Lindsay
Lee, Jocelyn W.
Lees, Eleanor B.
Liu, Chrisopher C.
McNamee, Austin R.
Neumann, Tatiana
Nichols, Melissa J.
Rogers, Samuel H.
Scheer, Heather M.
Sheehan, Amy E.
Tarlecki, Derek S.
Vahora, Tanvir F.
Whiddon, Benjamin B.
Wilkerson, Marit
Woehr, Christina M.


Awards Earned by Plan II Students in 2003/2004

Plan II Honors student, Corinna Kester, was selected as the 2003/2004 Most Outstanding Student of the University of Texas at Austin.

Other UT Awards to Plan II Honors students:

Three Plan II Students, Amol Jain, Sarah Tierney, and Heidi Boutros, were recognized in November 2003, as finalists for Outstanding Student of The University of Texas. Congratulations to all.

Plan II students named to Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges:
Jennifer Vigness and Julie Wimmer

Cactus Goodfellow:
Meredith Harrington

Cactus Outstanding Students:
Andrea M. Choquette
Brooke Ginsburg
Sarah Tierney

Maralyn S. Heimlich Scholarship:
Rotimi Agbabiaka

President's Leadership Award:
Monica V. Culver, sophomore
Jacob Ward, junior

Texas Exes Student Chapter Executive Leadership Team members:
Alia Avidan
Kathleen Nanney

May 2004 Dean's Distinguished Graduates,College of Liberal Arts:

(Plan II Honors students are 6 of the 12 distinguished graduates in Liberal Arts):

Gautam Tejas Ganeshan
Jennifer Leann Job
Geeti Shirazi Mahajan
James Gordon Scott
Sarah Elizabeth Tierney
Esther Wang

Beinecke Scholarship, 2004

Plan II student, Melisa Gerecci, was awarded a Beinecke Scholarship in April 2004. A Houston native, Melisa spent the summer of 2003 as a European Curatorial Intern at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts which she says confirmed museum work as her future career field. Melisa plans to pursue a doctorate in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She sees a career as a curator or art educator as an opportunity to influence young people who might not regularly interact with the museum world. She hope to be a scholar and authority fully engaged in the world of academic research, as well as a creator of programs and services.

Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship. Only 17 new scholarships will be awarded in 2004. Each school invited to participate in the Beinecke Scholarship Program is permitted to make a single nomination each year of young men and women of exceptional promise. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study. Each scholar receives $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Citigroup International Case Competition


Plan II/Business Honors and Marketing major, Andrea Choquette was a member of the 1st Place Team at the first Citigroup International Case Competition in Asia. The event was held in Hong Kong the week of October 20, 2003 and was sponsored by Citigroup. Andrea Choquette, Webb Stevens, Janak Goyani, and Rushi Patel served the McCombs School well and took home first place. They not only took home the cup, but they were also selected as the most sociable team. Read the press release and see photo. (Andrea is the one with the biggest smile, holding the trophy!) and the whole group photo (you can find the UT team if you look for the "hook em's" rather than waves.)

Fulbright Scholarship

Anne Womer a Plan II/Middle Eastern Studies major, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2004/2005 to study Arabic at the University of Jordan's Language Center. The scholarship provides over $15,000 to cover tuition and living expenses for one academic year at the University of Jordan's Language Center to hone her skills in Arabic thus enabling future in-depth studies of primary resources available only in Arabic. In the future, Anne plans to use her Arabic skills to conduct research on democracy and civil society institutions in the Arab world. She previously spent a semester in Cairo and encourages Plan II students interested in Middle Eastern Studies, studying Arabic, the Fulbright Program or study abroad in Cairo to email her at awomer@yahoo.com.

Gates Scholarship, 2004

In March 2004, Plan II/Computer Science major, Sarah Tierney, was announced as the recipient of The Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Sarah is the first UT student awarded this scholarship. The Gate Scholarship was instituted in 2000 with a gift from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They fund students from around the world to pursue graduate study. In 2004, twenty-five scholarships were awarded to students from the United States. Scholarships fund tuition, living expenses, and research related expenses for use at the University of Cambridge.

At Cambridge, Sarah will pursue a Masters of Philosophy in Development Studies, an interdisciplinary degree covering economics, politics, and institution building. She's especially interested in how technology can benefit development, particularly education, health care, and employment.

At UT, Sarah worked as a research assistant for Prof. Gary Chapman at the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs on the Community Networking project to provide resources to non-profits on how to use low cost technologies. (See: communitynetworking.org). Sarah is completing her Plan II thesis, under the supervision of Prof. Joseph Straubhaar of the Radio-TV-Film Department in the College of Communication, on the international political history of media and technology development issues.

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Plan II graduates James Scott ('04, Marshall Scholar), Michael Hoffman ('03, Marshall Scholar), and Sarah Tierney ('04, Gates Scholar) at Cambridge.
October 2004.


Sarah founded and was the first editor of the UT Undergraduate Research Journal, she has served as a member of the Texas Union Board of Directors, she was an Abbot of the Friar Society, a member of Orange Jackets, and is Phi Beta Kappa.

Marshall Scholarship, 2004:

James Scott, Plan II class of 2004, was awarded a Marshall Scholarship for 2004-2006. The Marshall Scholarships, worth about $60,000, cover the scholar's tuition costs, books, travel and living expenses while in the United Kingdom. Scott will attend the University of Cambridge where he will study mathematics and history/philosophy of science.

James Scott's story to date could only have been set at Plan II in the University of Texas. As a freshman, he discovered the science of Bayesian statistics in a Plan II tutorial with Professor Bill Jefferys, the Harlan J. Smith Centennial Professor in Astronomy. Scott continued to pursue the subject, winning a $5000 award from the coop for valuable research on using Bayesian statistics in DNA sequencing. Last summer James applied his knowledge to statistics used for evaluating schools in the Houston School District. He has worked with Houston's Acres Homes Center for Education and Economic Development to examine the statistical basis of the Texas Education Agency's claims about improved performance on standardized test by minority students. The author of numerous papers, he has also been a math and science tutor at local elementary schools and was chair of the Dean's Scholars Distinguished Speaker Series, which brings eminent scientists to lecture to the public at the university. James combines a passion for social issues with a knowledge of the sciences, beautiful communications skills, and a solid background in great literature and philosophy. We don't know of another program in the world that fosters such combinations.

German Academic Exchange Service, 2004/2005 (DAAD, by its German acronym)

William Bibee, a Plan II Honors/Religious Studies major at the University of Texas was one of 56 undergraduate students from 46 different Canadian and US universities who were selected by a panel of experts in higher education to receive a prestigious scholarship to study in Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD, by its German acronym) is the largest international exchange organization in the world, supporting nearly 75,000 people each year. It is a private, publicly-funded organization of higher education institutions in Germany.

Since many of the traditional transatlantic scholarship programs in higher education are aimed at graduate students, DAAD wanted to offer opportunities for undergraduate students and launched the EDU Program in 2000. The first scholarship holders went to Germany in the fall of 2001 and the number of applicants has continued to grow each year. This year fewer than 20% of applicants were awarded a scholarship.

DAAD EDU.de is aimed at students who want to spend part of their third or fourth year of college in Germany. The grantees stay anywhere from a semester to a full academic year, either to study, for internships, or senior thesis research. This year's scholarship recipients were selected from a group of 294 highly qualified applicants from the US and Canada. Most will head to Germany this fall.

Goldman Sachs Global Leader

Plan II sophomore, Hsiang-Nien Hsu, was named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. This (fourth annual) competition seeks identify 100 of the most accomplished second-year students on college campuses. Twenty awards are granted in the United States to undergraduates. The Goldman Sachs Foundation will award each of the 100 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders $3,000 and will recognize their achievements in a public ceremony. The Global Leadership Institute will offer this select group an opportunity to participate in leadership training and seminars on timely international issues. Institute participants will consult with renowned leaders in the public, civic, and private sectors and build ties among themselves based on shared common goals and interests.

Humanity In Action (HIA)

Plan II Honors student, Kan Yan, was an Humanity in Action Fellow in May of 2004. Humanity in Action conducts three educational programs that run simultaneously in Denmark, Germany, and The Netherlands. Thirty university students from the U.S. will participate, along with ten Danish, ten German, and ten Dutch students. HIA focuses on three interrelated areas of historic and contemporary importance: 1) examples of resistance to the Holocaust; 2) the development of international human rights institutions and doctrines in the aftermath of Word War II and the Holocaust; 3) current human rights and minority issues in Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, and the United States. HIA pays the expenses for each student relating to travel, accommodations, and the HIA educational programs both in the United States and in Europe.

Javits Scholarship, 2004:

Plan II/Philosophy major,Gautam Tejas Ganeshan, was named a Jacob K. Javits Fellow in Area Studies. Ganeshan, grew up in Sugar Land, TX, and graduated from Clements High School. During his junior year, he studied music and the Tamil language in South India. His thesis addresses improvisation in Carnatic music, the classical music of South India. In graduate school, he will study ethnomusicology.

The Javits is a Department of Education fellowship for students of the arts, humanities and social sciences who demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need to undertake graduate study. Panels of experts appointed by the Javits Fellowship Board (Board) select fellows according to criteria established by the Board. Fellows received a stipend of $21,500 each year for four years as well as an institutional payment that covers tuition and fees.

Gautam was also awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship that covers full tuition and fees for the first year of graduate study, and a stipend of $17,500.

Mellon Scholarships, 2004

In April 2004, Plan II alumnus Justin Glasson and Gautam Ganeshan were awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies — a grant that covers tuition, fees, and a $17,500 stipend for the first year of doctoral study.

Justin is an Oklahoma native and 2003 Plan II Honors graduate, Justin attended UT as a recipient of the Texas Excellence Award, given by the Ex-Students’ Association. At UT he worked as research assistant for Professor Judy Coffin (History) and as an intern at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. Active in Plan II and across campus, Justin was named a 2003 Cactus Outstanding Student and a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate in the College of Liberal Arts. He will study modern European history at the University of Chicago.

George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence

The winners of the Fifth Annual University Co-op / George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence were announced Sunday (April 25) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. These awards celebrate and reward undergraduate and graduate students who have demonstrated unparalleled dedication and achievement in their fields of study.

Corinna A. Kester, Plan II/Chemical Engineering.
$5,000 second prize award in the Social Sciences category: Small-Scale Renewable Energy in Panama: Current Status, Lessons Learned, and Barriers Faced.

Geeti S. Mahajan, Plan II/Asian Studies.
$5,000 second prize award in the Creative/Artistic category: Nritya Sangam Indian Dance Troupe.

Andrea M. Choquette, Plan II/Business Honors and Marketing.
$2,000 award in the Humanities category: Brand America: Mass Media and Public Diplomacy in the Middle East.

Sarah E. Tierney, Plan II/Computer Science and Government.
$2,000 award in the Social Sciences category: From the New World Information and Communication Order to the World Summit on the Information Society: The Debate over Media dn Technology Development Issues from 1976-2003.

“ The Mitchell Awards clearly place The University of Texas at Austin in the national forefront when it comes to rewarding high achieving, creative undergraduate students, and make undergraduate students’ outstanding contributions to their fields more visible on our own campus” said Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson, executive vice president and provost at the university.

George H. Mitchell Business Leadership Award

Plan II/Business sophomore, Shane McNamee, was awarded one of two George H. Mitchell Business Leadership Awards for 2003-2004.

National Science Foundation Scholarship, 2004:

In April 2004, James Scott was also awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship offers recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the natural sciences, the social sciences and engineering. Awards carry a $10,000 annual stipend, and an additional annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500.

The Albert Prize

Stephanie I-Wei Kwok was awarded the Albert Prize for her thesis, "The Ethics of Prenatal Testing and Selective Abortion." The Albert Prize is a $300 award for an outstanding Plan II Honors thesis on a topic related to the field of medical science. Stephanie’s thesis supervisor was Professor Brian Bremen of the English Department.

Staff Award 2003/2004:


Plan II Honors' Director of Admissions, Jennifer Scalora, was recognized for Outstanding Service by a Staff Member in the College of Liberal Arts.

Awards Earned by Plan II Students in 2002/2003

May 2003 Dean's Distinguished Graduates,

College of Liberal Arts:

Alexandra Chirinos
John Justin Glasson
Stephanie Hays
Michael M. Hoffman
Mollie F. Sultenfuss
Travis Vandergriff

Marshall Scholarship, 2003:

In December 2002, Michael M. Hoffman, was awarded one of this year's prestigious Marshall Scholarships to study in Great Britain. Michael, a native Texan, is completing two degrees, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Sciences, with majors in Plan II Honors and biochemistry. He is conducting research for his Plan II thesis in the biochemistry laboratory of Dr. Andrew Ellington at the University.

Michael credits Plan II with a large part of his success. "Plan II's broad liberal arts education helped prepare me for this scholarship," Michael said. "People often ask me what you can do with a Plan II degree. You can use all the skills honed in Plan II classes--you can write, you can analyze, you can reason. These abilities helped me immensely in competing for the Marshall Scholarship and in all of my studies."

Michael is also a member of the Dean's Scholars (the honors program of the College of Natural Science), is a College of Liberal Arts Junior Fellow, and maintains a 3.96 GPA. He also serves as president of the Texas Student Publications Board, which oversees The Daily Texan, KVRX Radio, KVR-TV and other student media groups. He also founded and the UT Barbecue Club and serves as its president. He expects to graduate in the spring of 2003.

Michael has previously received a National Merit Scholarship to study at UT, the IBM Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship, the Dorothy B. Banks Charitable Trust Scholarship for chemistry undergraduates, the Dedman Merit Scholarship, and grants from the National Science Foundation and The University of Texas of Austin for undergraduate research.

National Science Foundation Scholarship, 2003:

In April 2003, Michael M. Hoffman was also awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This fellowship offers recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the natural sciences, the social sciences and engineering. Awards carry a $27,500 annual stipend, and an additional annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500.

Truman Scholarship, 2003:

On March 24, Heidi Boutros, a Plan II and Government student, was awarded a Truman Scholarship. The Truman Scholarship Foundation, a federal agency established by Congress in 1975, awards $30,000 for graduate study to students with high academic and leadership potential and a strong commitment to public service.

Heidi, a Dallas native, wrote the first academic code of conduct at the University of Texas, organized UT Amnesty International's first lecture series, and participated in volunteer projects to stop violence against women. She has also co-authored a country discrimination report on South Africa for the United Nations World Conference against Racism, interned with prisoners' rights organizations in Russia, and traveled to India to rescue people sold into slavery.Through the Archer Fellowship Program (a.k.a. UT in DC), she worked with the International Justice Mission to counter sex trafficking in Southeast Asia and with Lawyers Committee for Human Rights to assist refugees and asylumseekers. This summer, she plans to work in judges' chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague.

Additionally, Heidi is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a Goldman Sachs Global Leader, and she recently received a George H. Mitchell Award for her paper entitled, "India's Modern Slaves: Bonded Slavery in India and Methods of Intervention."

Truman Scholarship, 2003:


On March 24, Plan II student, Corinna Kester, a Plan II/Chemical Engineering student, was awarded a Truman Scholarship, which provides $30,000 for graduate study to students committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector. She is one of two North American representatives on the UN Environmental Program Youth Advisory Council and serves on the Steering Committee of SustainUS, the national youth network for sustainable development. She also attended the 2000 Kyoto Protocol negotiations in The Hague, Netherlands and volunteered for a sea turtle monitoring project in Malaysia.

Corinna is currently founding an Environmental Center at the University of Texas at Austin to help students learn about environmental issues, serve as a resource for student environmental organizations, and reduce the university's environmental impact. She is also working to establish a National Youth Council on Sustainability.

Corinna plans to attend graduate school at the University of California at Berkeley. She will study science and technology policy as it relates to sustainable development. She is also looking forward to working on water issues in Honduras this summer and to studying abroad in Panama in the fall.

Mellon Scholarship, 2003:

In April 2003, Stephanie Hays was awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies. The Mellon Fellowships are designed to prepare exceptionally promising students for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. Fellowships cover tuition and fees and include a stipend of $17,500 for the first year of doctoral study.

Typically, 85 are awarded each year. Stephanie is completing her Bachelor of Arts in the Plan II Honors Program and English Honors. She is writing her honors thesis on V.S. Naipaul. Stephanie is a member of Junior Fellows, a Phi Beta Kappa, British Studies Churchill Scholar, and former co-president of the Plan II Students' Association. In the fall, she plans to begin graduate studies in English at the University of California-Berkeley.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, 2003:

Stephanie Hays was awarded a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in April 2003. The Javits is a Department of Education fellowship for students of the arts, humanities and social sciences who demonstrate superior academic ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need to undertake graduate study. Fellows received a stipend of $21,500 each year for four years as well as an institutional payment that covers tuition and fees. This year, 44 fellowships were awarded.

George Mitchell Fellowship, 2003:

Also in December 2002, Plan II student Alexandra Chirinos (read about her Truman Scholarship below) was awarded the George J. Mitchell Fellowship which is sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. Modeled after the Rhodes, the Mitchell provides funding for one year of graduate study in Ireland and Northern Ireland. This scholarship also provides a substantial stipend and travel money to tour Europe. Alex will be study Human Rights Law with a focus on women's rights at Queen's University of Belfast and at Galway.

2003 Business Honors Program Outstanding Student Award

Andrea Choquette


Truman Scholarship, 2002:

In March 2002, Plan II student Alexandra Chirinos won the presitigous Harry S. Truman scholarship a British award granted on the basis of academic excellence and leadership potential.

Alexandra Chirinos:  2003 UT Parents' Association Outstanding Student Award

Alexandra Chirinos with Plan II alum and 2003 Plan II Commencement Convocation guest speaker, Roger Worthington and Plan II Honors Director, Professor Paul Woodruff on May 17, 2003.chirinos-worthington

United Nations' International Telecommunications Union Youth Forum

Plan II junior, Sarah Tierney, was chosen as a representative to the United Nations' ITU and will join students from all over the world (2 from every country) to talk about how technology can be used as a tool for economic and social development. She will attend the annual ITU world telecommunications conference in Geneva, Switzerland.!


Cactus Outstanding Students and Goodfellow Awards, 2003:

Tara M. Kelly and Justin Glasson have been awarded Cactus Outstanding Student Awards.

Heidi Boutros, Alexandra Chirinos, Andrea Choquette, Jennifer Job, Mollie Sultenfuss, and Sarah Tierney were selected to receive the University Cactus Yearbook's Goodfellow awards based on their substantial contributions to The University of Texas at Austin. A listng of their accomplishments and their pictures will be included in the Limelight Section of the 2003 Cactus Yearbook.

Goldman Sachs Global Leader, 2003:

Jesslyn Lu (Plan II Honors/Chemical Engineering), was named a Goldman Sachs Global Leader. This competition seeks identify 100 of the most accomplished second-year students on college campuses. Twenty awards are granted in the United States to undergraduates. The Goldman Sachs Foundation will award each of the 100 Goldman Sachs Global Leaders $3,000 and will recognize their achievements in a public ceremony. The Global Leadership Institute will offer this select group an opportunity to participate in leadership training and seminars on timely international issues. Institute participants will consult with renowned leaders in the public, civic, and private sectors and build ties among themselves based on shared common goals and interests.

The 2003 University Co-op/George H. Mitchell Student Awards for Academic Excellence:

Lauren Banta, Plan II and RTF, $20,000. The Kiely Family Lauren made a 15-minute documentary film about a family in Wimberley, Texas that adopts children with sever disabilities.

Heidi Boutros, Plan II and Government, $5,000. India's Modern Slaves: bonded Slavery in India and Methods of Intervention

James Scott, Plan II and Mathematics, $5,000. A Decision Theoretic Procedure for Bayesian Multiple Testing

Travis Vandergriff, Plan II and Linguistics & Spanish, $5,000. Nosotros enemos el don: Curanderismo and the Traditional Healers of Austin's Hispanic Community

Peter Renn, Plan II and Psychology, $2,000. Speech, Male Sexual Orientation, and Childhood Gender Nonconformity

The George H. Mitchell Awards for Academic Excellence are awarded each year to students who have made an uncommon contribution to their fields of study by way of research project, literary work, musical composition, humanitarian project or similar undertaking. Awards range from $2,000 to a top prize of $20,000.

This awards program was developed by University Co-op President and CEO George Mitchell and the Co-op's Chairman of the Board, Dr. Michael Granof and presented to UT President Dr. Larry Faulkner in 2000.

Students with exemplary academic records are nominated by UT faculty members and winners are chosen by a selection committee. These award-winning students have embraced the opportunities around them with a passion and intellectual creativity.

The Criteria: Students nominated for these awards by faculty members have an exemplary academic record and have made an uncommon contribution to their fields of study by way of a research project, literary work, musical composition, humanitarian project, or similar undertaking.

The selection committee paid particular attention to the nominating faculty member's explanation of the significance of the work / project in the context of the relevant field of study and to the project itself.

Nominees submitted a one or two page curriculum vita or resume highlighting their activities and achievement at UT Austin, documentation of the project for which they were nominated (e.g., copy of a paper or thesis, a videotape or photographs), and a personal statement placing their work / project in the context of their educational experiences at UT Austin and their vision for themselves as a developing scholar in their field.

The Mitchell Awards clearly place The University of Texas at Austin in the national forefront when it comes to rewarding high achieving, creative undergraduate students. We are grateful to the Co-op Board of Directors, and George H. Mitchell in particular, for their support of this important innovative program."  Dr. Sheldon Ekland-Olson, Executive Vice President and Provost, The University of Texas at Austin

Awards Earned by Plan II Students in 2001/2002

Marshall Scholarship, 2002:

In December 2001, Plan II student Jack Tannous won the presitigous Marshall Scholarship a British award granted on the basis of academic excellence and leadership potential. Only 40 Marshall Scholarships are awarded to US students each year.

As an undergraduate, Jack is completing FIVE majors: Plan II Honors, Arabic, History, Philosophy and Middle Eastern Studies with special honors. Jack is fluent in Spanish and Arabic. At UT he also studied French, Hebrew and Tajiki. Jack will receive about $50,000 for two years of study at Oxford University in England where he will pursue a Master's of Philosophy in Eastern Christian Studies.

Truman Scholarship, 2002:

In March 2002, Plan II student Alexandra Chirinos won the presitigous Harry S. Truman scholarship a British award granted on the basis of academic excellence and leadership potential.

Chirinos, a student in Plan II, Business Honors and Finance, is a native of Mexico and attended school in Corpus Christi, Texas. Though she did not speak English until the age of 11, Chirinos has been instrumental in establishing the first Texas chapter of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, has participated in several public service and internship programs and has served as a mentor to elementary school students.

Her current project is to establish a mentoring program for children who do not speak English, and she plans to pursue a career advocating women's rights, in particular those of women immigrants. The 64 scholars were selected from among 590 candidates nominated by 287 colleges and universities. Each scholarship provides $30,000--$3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for two or three years of graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class and be committed to careers in government or the not-for-profit sector.

Mellon Fellow in 2002:

Kimberly Hill, a Plan II major concentrating in African and African American Studies has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies for 2002. Kim will attend the University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill in the Ph.D. American History program. Through Plan II and a local campus ministry called Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, Kim has researched the ways American Christians have addressed racism throughout the twentieth century. Kim already spent one semester at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

The Mellon Fellowship is a nationally competitive award for first-year doctoral students, and fellows may take their awards to any accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada. The Fellowship covers tuition and fees for the first year of graduate study and includes a stipend of $17,500. This year 85 Fellowships were awarded.

Cactus Outstanding Students and Goodfellow Awards, 2003:

2002 University Co-op/George H. Mitchell Student Achievement Awards:

Jeremy Liebman, $5,000, Plan II & College of Communication, Kritik (documentary film)

Pattabi Seshadri, $2,000, Plan II & College of Engineering, "Characterization of Web Server Workloads on Three Generations of IBM PowerPC Microarchitectures"

Jack Tannous, $2,000, Plan II, History, Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies and Philosophy "Translation of the Book of Monasteries (Kitab al-Kiyarat)" --senior thesis

Natasha Self, $2,000, Plan II, "The Religious Right and the Texas Republican Party"--senior thesis


Fall 2002 Romero Award:

Geeti Mahajan, $200., Plan II, scholarship essay: "Iran 2001"--Center for Women's Studies and the Women's Studies Romero Award Committee

Advising Award, 2002:

Also in December 2001, the Office of the Vice-President of Student Affairs announced that Plan II academic adviser, Paul Sullivan, was one of the five recipients of the 2002 James W. Vick Texas Excellence Award for Academic Advising.

Pro Bene Meritis Award: Paul Woodruff

On April 5, 2002, Plan II director, Paul B. Woodruff, was awarded the Pro Bene Meritis award to honor individuals who are committeed to the Liberal Arts, who have made outstanding contributions in professional or philanthropic pursuits, or who have participated in service related to the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. In addition to expressing appreciation to those distinguished individuals so honored, the College of Liberal Arts Foundation Advisory Council, through this award, is seeking to heighten public awareness of the critical role played by the liberal arts in education and society today. (Read more about Paul Woodruff)

The Pro Bene Meritis award is the highest honor awarded by the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. The liberal arts--history, literature, languages, the human sciences--are the core of the University. These have endured as the foundations of learning at universities from the very beginning. They teach the values that are eternal--how to think, how to write, what it is to be a complete human being. These are the liberal arts. Every generation must reaffirm its commitment to these enduring values.

Paul Woodruff (left) with Liberal Arts Dean Richard Lariviere at Plan II Parents Day, October 2001


Awards Earned by Plan II Students in 2000/2001:

Truman, Marshall, Rhodes, Fulbrights, etc., 2001:

In the 2000/2001 year, Plan II students earned the triple crown, the superbowl and the world series of academics, garnering five of the nation's most prestigious academic scholarships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarships. We are enormously proud of the accomplishments of the following Plan II students:

Sara Cecilia Galvan, a senior majoring in Plan II, Architecture and Spanish, and the recipient of a Harry S. Truman scholarship in 1999/2000, was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes scholarship allows recipients to study for two to three years at Oxford University in England. Sara hopes to use the scholarship to study anthropology and archaelogy. "That will give me a broad historical perspective on how cities and societies form." She has already worked rebuilding bomb-damaged housing and has studied architecture in other countries, including Russia and Korea. After Oxford, Sara will use the funds from the Truman scholarship to study law at Columbia or Harvard. Only 32 Rhodes scholarships are awarded each year.

Paul Domjan, a Plan II, philosophy, and Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies major was the recipient of the prestigious Marshall scholarship. The Marshall scholarship provides scholars with two years of study at any British university. Paul Domjan plans to spend three to four years at Oxford completing a master's degree and a doctorate in international relations. Each year, only 40 Marshall scholarships are awarded nationally.

Richa Gulati, a Plan II junior with a concentration in Asian studies, was awarded one of the 80 annual Harry S. Truman scholarships for leadership and commitment to public service in 2001. The Truman scholarship provides students with $3,000 funding for their senior year and $27,000 for graduate studies. Richa plans to enter a special program at New York University to pursue a master's degree in international public service law as well as a law degree.

Sarah Novak, a Plan II and psychology major, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for research in social psychology. The award provides $18,000 a year for three years, plus cost of education, in addition to a stipend for international travel. The NSF competition is open to seniors and first year graduate students in science, engineering, and social science. Health Psychology is a relatively new field that focuses on the ways people's mental health and physical health affect each other. Sarah will continue to study coping mechanisms for chronic illness, and will also look at differences and discrepancies in health based on gender, race, and socio-economic status.

Micah Magee, a Plan II and Radio-TV-Film major, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for 2001/2002. She will spend then next year in Germany, working on documentary studies. Micah has already studied in the Czech Republic.

Richard Lariviere, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts says, "The University of Texas at Austin is the only public university in the country to have four consecutive years of Truman Scholars. I predict that we will also be the only public university in the country to have a Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman in the same year. You will forgive me this immodesty if I point out that all of these students are in Liberal Arts..."

We would, immodestly, emphasize that all these students are Plan II majors!

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