Caitlin "Cait" Shields '11 April 19, 2021 10:58 AM updated: April 19, 2021 11:31 AM
Congratulations to the 2021 winners of the Gathright Phi Kappa Phi Outstanding Junior Award! 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. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and is inducted into Phi Kappa Phi.
The 2021 Outstanding Juniors are:
Rand Y. Z. AlAgha '22, Texas A&M Qatar
Casey J. Black '22, College of Liberal Arts
William C. Dow '22, College of Science
Ashley J. Heim '21, College of Dentistry
Darby L. Johnson '22, School of Public Health
Alyssa S. Low '22, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Shelley Brielle Mason '22, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Mary Blair McDaniel '22, College of Nursing
Karissa L. McIntosh '22, Mays Business School
Tessa E. Miller '22, College of Engineering
Janet Rebollar-Trejo '22, College of Education and Human Development
Abigail C. Steudtner '22, College of Architecture
Brianne M. Wharton '22, Texas A&M Galveston
Paige E. Wirth '22, College of Geosciences
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The senior recognition has been replaced by a freshman recognition, and the freshman and sophomore awards are now made through the Dean's Excellence Award process and awarded at a fall ceremony.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.
Learn more about this award here.
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