Nearly 600 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree candidates participated in NSM’s Spring Convocation on May 14. Held at University of Houston’s Hofheinz Pavilion, the ceremony occurred one day ahead of the University-wide Commencement.
More than 30 doctoral candidates earned degrees in atmospheric sciences, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, geophysics, mathematics, or physics. Approximately 100 NSM candidates for master’s degrees and 450 candidates for bachelor’s degrees participated in the ceremony. There were 41 summa cum laude graduates, the highest academic honor for bachelor’s degree recipients.
The ceremony recognized NSM’s three, exceptional 4.0 summa cum laude graduates and the University’s oldest and youngest graduates.
Christopher Huynh, Nhon Le and Varun Potluri were honored as NSM’s 4.0 summa cum laude graduates. While at UH, they shared a common experience of helping fellow students improve their understanding of various science topics.
All three are headed to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine.
In May, NSM had the rare distinction of having the University of Houston’s youngest and oldest graduates. Omar Harmouche, 18, completed his bachelor’s degree in biology and plans to go to dental school. Christopher Gantela, 78, completed his Ph.D. in geophysics after a long career as a geophysicist.
Kathy Major, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics