Plan II/Psychology major Sonya Crocker named 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.
Posted: October 30, 2008
Sonya Crocker has been chosen as UT's female Outstanding Student of the Year. She was one of three semifinalists chosen to interview, and (not surprisingly), was given the feedback that she'd "hit a home run" with her responses, as well as with her humor and genuineness. Sonya will be introduced as the recipient of the award at the UT home football game on Oct. 25.
Sonya was a participant in the SURE (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) program, an internship program for undergraduates from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in research in psychology. The program provides hands-on training to make students more competitive for top doctoral training programs.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD RECIPIENTS
TODD BONDY is a senior business administration major. On campus Todd is a member of the Texas Cowboys, athletic officer for the Texas Iron Spikes, promotion chair for the Business Honors Program Make-a-Mark and a four-year member of the UT Football Team. He recently served as ride director for the Texas 4000 for Cancer, an organization that this year raised more than $350,000 for cancer treatment and research. In the community Todd has served as an intern for St. Jude Medical, volunteered at Dell Children's Hospital, Neighborhood Longhorns and Rosedale Elementary School. After graduation Todd plans to volunteer in Africa for three months before either serving in the Peace Corps or working in the consulting industry.
SONYA CROCKER is a senior Plan II Honors and psychology major. On campus Sonya serves as founder and president of the UT Conversation and Culture Club, mentor supervisor and peer academic coach for the UT Learning Center, and research assistant for the Psychology Department. She has also been a UT Merit Scholarship recipient, Plan II Thesis Travel Grant recipient and is a UT Distinguished College Scholar. Sonya's community involvement has included serving as a Breakthrough Collaborative teacher in San Francisco and as programmatic events intern for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. After graduation, Sonya plans to pursue a career in the Washington D.C., non-profit sector with an interest in either National Public Radio or Ashoka.
OUTSTANDING STUDENT AWARD FINALISTS
ADIT GARG is a senior electrical and computer engineering major. On campus, he has served as a FIG mentor, a research assistant and peer academic advisor, and is a charter officer and president of the IEEE Power and Energy Society. In the community Adit enjoys teaching students and parents about the amount of power they consume with the UT Power Bike, and has been involved with Dean Streetman in recruitment for the Cockrell School of Engineering. He has also been a Scott C. Simek Endowed Presidential Scholarship recipient, a two-time Who's Who in American Universities honoree, and a UT College Scholar. After graduation Adit plans to work in the energy industry before returning to UT to acquire an MBA or a Masters in Engineering Management. He would also like to establish a scholarship fund for students interested in energy conservation and renewable energy.
JULIA KUO is a senior Business Honors, Plan II Honors and finance major. On campus she has served as the McCombs Business School Representative, vice-chair of the Fundraising Committee and Faculty Council member for Student Government. Julia is a member of Orange Jackets, has served as executive vice-president of the Asian Business Students Association and is a member of the Honors Business Association and Mortar Board. In the community Julia has volunteered with Settlement Home, Keep Austin Beautiful and the Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce. She has received the Cactus Outstanding Student Award, the Goodfellow Award and is a Distinguished Scholar in Business and Liberal Arts. Upon graduation Julia plans to work in New York for Goldman Sachs, and Co. in the Private Equity Group.
STEPHANIE LOGTERMAN is a senior Humanities Honors and pre-medicine major. On campus Stephanie is a member and captain of the UT Women's Soccer Team, is a peer mentor and tutor for fellow student athletes in government and serves as co-president of the Student Athlete Advisory Council and director of the Student Government Student-Athlete Affairs Agency. She was as a coach and counselor for the past three summers for the UT Soccer Camp and is presently a starting member of the U.S. Youth National Soccer Team. Stephanie has received the Big XII Scholar-Athlete Award, the Darrell K. Royal Endowed Presidential Scholarship and the Isabella Cunningham/Jean Kaspar Endowed Scholarship. Upon graduation Stephanie intends to play soccer for the Women's Professional Soccer League and then plans to attend medical school.
FRANKIE SHULKIN is a Liberal Arts Honors and English major and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. On campus Frankie serves as vice president of Student Government (SG) and was selected as the SG Representative of the Year in 2007. He also served as SG's Internal Financial Director last year. He is a member of the Texas Cowboys, served as rush captain for Sigma Alpha Mu and was a student representative on the 2008 Vice President for Student Affairs Strategic Work Group. He is a student leader at Texas Hillel and a member of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and received the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Duke Rudman Leadership Award in 2007. In the community Frankie has volunteered at Rosedale Elementary School, participated in the Brendan Court Summer Program, teaching literature to inner city children, and assisted with Senator John McCain's Central Texas presidential campaign. He is also a founding member of NexGen. Frankie has not yet confirmed his immediate plans upon graduating from UT but will eventually attend law school.