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Class of 2018

Willie “Bill” Caraway
Mechanical engineering
Huntsville, Alabama

"I am fascinated by both history and science because I draw inspiration from both the past and the future."
Bill-Caraway.jpg Willie “Bill” Caraway has served as the Director of Development for the MSC Jordan Institute for International Awareness and has attended the MSC Champe Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar in Italy. In the summer of 2015, Bill was a research apprentice at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development, and Engineering Center, where he received a first place award for his presentation and report of experimental research. He is a Brown Scholar and a member of Phi Eta Sigma and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Bill is a Sophomore Advisor in the Honors Housing Community.
 
Grace Cunningham
Bioenvironmental science
Dallas, Texas

"I find great excitement in uniting my wide variety of interests with my career goals in environmental preservation."

 
Grace-Cunningham.jpg Grace Cunningham is a member of the Theme Park Organization, the National Association of Environmental Professionals, and the philanthropic committee of sorority Alpha Chi Omega. Grace has taught English language and culture classes to adult refugees from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. In the summer of 2015, she conducted tropical and field biology research in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Grace is a Sophomore Advisor in the Honors Housing Community and is pursuing a minor in Business Administration.
Andréa Darrh
Geophysics
Parish, New York

"I selected my major based on my love of math and my passion for discovering new ideas and concepts. My rock collection also might have had something to do with it."
Andrea-Darrh-(2).jpg Andréa Darrh is currently assisting Dr. Mark Everett with near-surface geophysical research and will be studying a meteorite impact crater in Odessa, Texas, this semester. She is a member of both the Geology and Geophysics Society and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Andréa is a Sophomore Advisor in the Honors Housing Community.
 
Kanika Gakhar
Aerospace engineering
Faridabad, India

“Dance with your fears, dance with your passions; while one stomps on your feet, the other sends you twirling in giddy digressions.”
Kanika-Gakhar.jpg Kanika Gakhar has received her department’s Charles R. Overly ’46 Memorial Scholarship Award. She is the president of Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society and the executive leader for the Council of Undergraduate Research in Engineering. Kanika is a volunteer at Krause Children’s center and a counselor at Camp SOAR. She is a member of the SAE Aero Design Team and is a researcher and co-author of technical papers and presentations for Consortium for Advancement of Shape Memory Alloy Research and Technology.
 
Amanda Gomez
Sociology
McAllen, Texas

“I have been given the opportunity to help others and incite change, and I don’t take that privilege lightly.” 

 
Amanda-Gomez.jpg Amanda Gomez is a Title IX Peer Educator for Student Anti-Violence Educators, a volunteer for the Sexual Assault Resource Center, and a member of Taskforce for Texas A&M’s “Step In, Stand Up” sexual violence prevention campaign. Amanda is a research assistant under Dr. Theresa Morris, an intern for Phoebe’s Home, and a Gates Millennium Scholar. She is a recipient of the “Young People For” Fellowship in the field of Community Safety and Justice and is pursuing a minor in communication.
 
Anna Gould
Psychology
The Woodlands, Texas

"There are two things I love in life: sleep, and rest."

 
Anna-Gould.jpg Anna Gould is a research assistant in Dr. Douglas Woods’ Behavioral Therapy Clinical Research Lab and is a Student Counseling Helpline volunteer. Anna received the 2014-2015 College of Liberal Arts Student Scholarship and is a member of the Liberal Arts and Psychology honors programs. She was recognized by the Liberal Arts Dean’s List and participated in the Psychology Club in the fall of 2014. Anna is a resident advisor in the Honors Living Learning Community and is pursuing a minor in Women’s Studies.
 
Eva Koster
Biomedical sciences
Trophy Club, Texas

“After coming to A&M, I finally understand the difference between choosing to love and choosing yourself.”

 
Eva-Koster.jpg Eva Koster is a member of the Texas A&M Polish Association and attended the MSC Freshman Leadership International Community Service and Learning trip in Costa Rica during her freshman spring break. In the summer of 2015, she interned in the medical communications department of Galderma Laboratories pharmaceutical company. Eva received the Distinguished Student Certificate for spring 2015 from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and serves as a St. Mary’s Catholic Ambassador.
 
Steven Leal
Computer science
Cedar Park, Texas

"I enjoy a good Isaac Asimov short story, especially the part where we change the world with just a little luck and computer science."

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Steven Leal is a recipient of the National Hispanic Honors Scholar Award and is a National AP Scholar with Distinction. He is a member of the Navigators Bible study and, as a freshman, participated in Texas A&M’s gymnastics club. In the summer of 2015, he interned as a web developer for the product development services team at National Instruments, and he has previously worked as an app developer for TVPartsToGo.com.
 
Gabrielle “Gabby” Lessen
Biochemistry
Alexandria, Louisiana

“I believe that no matter what, if you work hard and strive to give to others, you will find success and happiness in whatever path you choose.”

 
Gabrielle-Lessen.jpg Gabrielle “Gabby” Lessen is a Beckman Research Scholar, conducting telomere biology research, and was a member of the Renal Fluid Dynamics Modeling Team in the DeBakey Undergraduate Research Program. She is a member of MSC Freshmen in Service and Hosting, National Aggie Scholar Ambassadors, and the Biochemistry and Genetics Society. Gabrielle attended the MSC Champe Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar in Italy. She is a recipient of the MSC First Year Involvement Award and the Alpha Zeta Outstanding Freshman Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  
 
Brooke Versaw
Chemistry
College Station, Texas

"I enjoy learning about the laws that govern interactions, whether intermolecular or international."
Brooke-Versaw-(1).jpg Brooke Versaw is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Aggie Honor Council, and National Aggie Scholar Ambassadors. Brooke conducts polymer chemistry research in the lab of Dr. Karen Wooley and is pursuing the College of Science honors program. She is a Beckman Scholar, a Welch Foundation Scholar, and a President’s Endowed Scholar. Brooke is a Sophomore Advisor in the Honors Housing Community and is pursuing a minor in Business Administration.