Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 April 23, 2020 1:26 PM updated: June 12, 2020 10:57 AM
The 2020 winners of the Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award have been announced. This collaboration between The Association of Former Students, LAUNCH: Academic Excellence and the Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi recognizes the top junior in each of the academic colleges at Texas A&M University.
Selection is based on an evaluation of research and/or creative production, community engagement, accomplishments/awards, and academic record, with the final selection criteria determined by the dean of each respective college.
The 2020 Outstanding Juniors are:
Kaydee Free '21, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Kathryn Moore '21, College of Architecture
Sarah Roberts '21, Mays Business School
Katie Smith '20, College of Dentistry
Monica Nguyen '21, College of Education and Human Development
Brady Allen '21, College of Engineering
Nicholas James Pontikes '21, College of Geosciences
Kalista Jordan-DeBruin '21, College of Liberal Arts
Tristen Hyde '20, College of Nursing
Holly Novak '21, School of Public Health
Chloe Todd '21, College of Science
Yann Chevalier '21, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Madlyn Crist '21, Texas A&M at Galveston
Nadin Mohamed '21, Texas A&M at Qatar
The Thomas S. Gathright Scholar Award was established in April 1973 by The Association of Former Students in conjunction with Texas A&M's Student Government Association. The award was given annually at the Parents' Weekend All-University Awards Ceremony to the outstanding sophomore, junior, and senior of each academic college. Named in honor of the first president of the A&M College of Texas, this award recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement on a university-wide scale.
In spring 2019, the Gathright Award became a collaboration between The Association of Former Students, LAUNCH: Academic Excellence, and the Texas A&M chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.
The senior recognition has been replaced by a freshman recognition, and the freshman and sophomore awards are now made through the Dean's Excellence Award process and awarded at a fall ceremony. The junior award has been merged with the Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior award and is presented at an annual induction ceremony each spring. The awards have been renamed the Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Dean's Excellence Award and the Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award, respectively.
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