Changing Your World
Emmalie Berkovsky

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

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.