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.
Emmalie Berkovsky, BS ’17, Dell Med ’21
Major: Chemical Engineering/Doctor of Medicine
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.
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.”
Alejandra Ortega, BS ’15
Major: Applied Learning and Development
In her second year on the job, Alejandra Ortega was named Houston’s Secondary Teacher of the Year. Here’s why.
Ricky Cooks, ’21
Major: Business Honors and Government
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.
Janelle Chavez, ’19
Hometown: Port Isabel
Biology major Janelle Chavez ventured to Austin for her education and plans to return to the Valley to improve health care.
Liam Harlan, ’19
Major: Chemical Engineering
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.
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.