Changing Your World
Changing Your World

Steven Santoyo, ’19

Major: Communication Studies, Pre-Law
Hometown: Dallas

Steven Santoyo wants to bring out the best in young Texans.

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Mirka Mendez, ’20

Major: Petroleum Engineering
Hometown: El Paso

Education and Energy: Two things Mirka will never take for granted.

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Nathaniel Briggs, ’20

Major: Aerospace Engineering
Hometown: San Antonio

Nathaniel Briggs is planning a life in defense, service and teaching.

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Kavya Rajesh, ’20

Major: Chemistry Honors/Pre-Med
Hometown: Austin

Future doctor Kavya Rajesh wants to give organ recipients more time.

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Karan Jerath, ’19

Major: Petroleum Engineering
Hometown: Houston

Business-oriented and environmentally minded, Karan is already serving Texas.

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Jacob Vines, ’19

Major: Kinesiology
Hometown: Abilene

Jacob wants to change the world with breakthroughs in neurological therapy.

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Kelsey Mumford, ’19

Major: Nursing Honors, Biology
Hometown: Lago Vista

Kelsey wants to change your world with policies that prevent illness.

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UT Austin and the VETTED Foundation are strengthening the private sector with our nation’s military talent.

Anastasiya Byelousova, ’20

Major: Plan II Honors
Hometown: San Antonio

Anastasiya is traveling across the world to search for solutions to a surprisingly big problem in Texas — maternal mortality.

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Landon Hackley, ’20

Major: Biomedical Engineering, Pre-med
Hometown: Arlington

This is what happens when an engineer, a future surgeon, and a social entrepreneur come together.

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Zeyi Lin, BS ’18

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hometown: Austin

Helping Texans get home sooner is his passion.

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Researchers at UT's Bureau of Economic Geology are understanding the West Texas earthquake problem. They are finding the causes to help lessen future impact on Texans.

Regan Preston, ’19

Major: Communications Studies
Hometown: Duncanville

Showing high school students the value of college is her passion.

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Marwan Madi, ’20

Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hometown: Sugar Land

Bringing new technology to agriculture is Marwan’s innovation.

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Emmalie Berkovsky, BS ’17, Dell Med ’21

Major: Chemical Engineering/Doctor of Medicine
Hometown: Shiner

Growing up in a small town has many perks, but world-class medical care isn’t always one of them. That is why Dell Med student Emmalie Berkovsky plans to return to her hometown of Shiner to serve the community she loves.

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Researchers at UT’s Marine Science Institute are strengthening the gamefish population along the Texas coast.  

Andrea Chee, ’18

Major: Speech Communication
Hometown: El Paso

El Paso’s Andrea Chee wants Texans with speech challenges to succeed. “Communication is important,” she says. “It’s the foundation of everything we do.”

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Alejandra Ortega, BS ’15

Major: Applied Learning and Development
Hometown: Houston

In her second year on the job, Alejandra Ortega was named Houston’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Here’s why.

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Ricky Cooks, ’21

Major: Business Honors and Government
Hometown: Texarkana

Ricky Cooks, a student in UT’s McCombs School of Business, wants to use his degree to build the economy of Texas and lift local communities.

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Janelle Chavez, ’19

Major: Biology
Hometown: Port Isabel

Biology major Janelle Chavez ventured to Austin for her education and plans to return to the Valley to improve health care.

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Liam Harlan, ’19

Major: Chemical Engineering
Hometown: Abilene

Liam Harlan wants to use data to fast-track advances in chemical engineering. Because the state of Texas has a first-class research university, this valedictorian didn’t have to leave Texas to get the experience a top researcher needs.

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Impact Across Texas

From interaction with thought-leading professors to collaboration with their brilliant peers, students at The University of Texas at Austin are given everything they need to make a difference in their community.

Explore how they’ll be #changingyourworld for the better by reading their stories.