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2019 Gathright/Dean’s Excellence Award Winners Announced

Awards created in collaboration with LAUNCH: Academic Excellence to help recognize and celebrate outstanding first- and second-year students
By LAUNCH staff October 16, 2019

Chapter 053 of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has announced the 2019 cohort of Texas A&M University freshman and sophomore Gathright and Dean’s Excellence Award winners.

Portrait of President Thomas S. Gathright
Portrait of President Thomas S. Gathright (Courtesy of Cushing Memorial Library and Archives)

To see the list of 2019 Gathright Outstanding Juniors, announced last spring, visit 2019 Gathright Outstanding Juniors Announced.

These awards were created in collaboration with LAUNCH: Academic Excellence to help recognize and celebrate outstanding first- and second-year students whose exceptional promise makes them good candidates for future awards. Starting in 2019, the Dean’s Excellence Award process was merged with the Gathright Scholars award.

Up to two students in each classification in each college can be selected for recognition; the top student is recognized with the Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award and the second with the Dean’s Excellence Award. Up to two additional students in each classification in each college can selected for honorable mention. Students selected for recognition are invited to visit with Phi Kappa Phi officers as well as their college dean at a special breakfast each fall.

The students being recognized with the 2019 Dean’s Excellence Award are:

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

  • Cody McQueen – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Mallory Moorefield – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Katharine Tyson – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Evan Berger – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Architecture

  • Abigail Steudtner – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Education & Human Development

  • Mary McQuade – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Haley Olsovsky – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Samantha Gonzales – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Jennifer Porter – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Engineering

  • Meghan Truong – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Furkan Toprak – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Qiji Lian – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Brady Allen – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Geosciences

  • Paige Wirth – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Andrew Vita – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Liberal Arts

  • Emily Mann – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Paige Stevenson – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Sheridan Steen – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Madison Poe – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

Mays Business School

  • Sunjay Letchuman – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Sarah Sriram – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Elena Bacon – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Rachel Bayless – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Science

  • Ryan Rahman – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Jacob Kuempel – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Rachel Porter – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Bridger Freeman – Sophomore Dean’s Excellence Award

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

  • Mariana Cantu – Freshman Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Brittany Landavazo – Freshman Dean’s Excellence Award
  • Joshua Korb – Sophomore Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award

The following students achieved Honorable Mention:

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

  • Emalee Hoffman – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Education & Human Development

  • Katherine Everhard – Freshman Honorable Mention

College of Engineering

  • Noble Gutierrez – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • John Blausen – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Ian Xia – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Liberal Arts

  • Joshua Carley – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Sophia North – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Lucas Mendoza – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Antonio Partida – Sophomore Honorable Mention

Mays Business School

  • John Tucker – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Science

  • William Chisholm – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Bryce Olinger – Sophomore Honorable Mention
  • Yahui Xie – Sophomore Honorable Mention

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

  • Charles Lee – Freshman Honorable Mention
  • Jacob Menchaca – Freshman Honorable Mention

The application process includes a personal statement which outlines the student’s long-term goals, evidence of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments and awards, as well as a review of the student’s transcript.

Complete details for the application process can be found on the LAUNCH site.

Support for the Gathright Dean’s Excellence Award and many other LAUNCH programs for the undergraduate experience are supported by The Association of Former Students.

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