Ariel Buehler combined her passion for food and her interests in biology and chemistry into a food science major with a music performance minor. In 2012, Ariel received the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a national award for research excellence.
Desta Bume built his own pre-medicine major combining classes and research in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. He is cofounder and President of Ethiopian and Eritrean Students Association at the University of Tennessee, and is actively researching for two forthcoming chemistry papers.
Kathleen Connelly is a philosophy major and fourth-year Haslam scholar. She has served as an officer on UT’s Mock Trial team and is currently secretary of Campus Disability Advocates and a Senator in UT’s Student Government Association. She plans on pursuing a PhD in philosophy, with particular interest in philosophy of science.
Marianela D’Aprile is an architecture major who is also founder and editor of IMPRINT., an upcoming publication series from the College of Architecture and Design. In addition, Marianela, along with nineteen other architecture students, partook in a project to build a school campus in the impoverished community of Fond-des-Blancs, Haiti.
Xin Huang majors in mechanical engineering with a pre-medicine focus. Outside of class, Xin volunteers in the Simulation Center at UT Medical School and is currently a teaching assistant for honors general chemistry.
Lindsay Lees a senior studying mathematics, Spanish, and Portuguese. She is the founder and president of Campus Disability Advocates, a group that promotes equality for students with disabilities. In 2013, she was selected as a Rhodes Scholar, the seventh in UT’s history.
Melissa Lee is a fourth year Haslam Scholar majoring in Integrative Neuroscience through the College Scholars Program. She is Editor-in-Chief of Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee for the 2013-2014 academic year, and spent the fall 2013 semester researching at the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
Brady Miller is a nuclear engineering major with a career goal of integrating nuclear technologies into developing Latin American countries. Brady has been involved with the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, the American Nuclear Society, Tau Beta Pi, and Student Alumni Associates.
Blake Palles is an undergraduate researcher for UT at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Nuclear Materials Detection and Characterization group. Additionally, he is a participant in the College of Engineering’s Grand Challenge Scholars Program, whose goal is to solve the engineering problems facing the 21st Century.
Brianna Rader is a junior in the College Scholars major program. She seeks to broaden the traditional pre-med path by also studying the non-scientific aspects of medicine, i.e. the human condition through courses such as bioethics, medieval medicine, public health, etc.