Ettinger DeCou, Soren
Soren Ettinger DeCou
Stuart W. Stedman Forty Acres Scholarship
Forty Acres Scholars Class of 2022
Missouri City, TX
High School
Ridge Point High School

When I moved to Texas at the beginning of my sophomore year of high school, I was apprehensive. Filled with preconceived ideas about what it meant to be Texan, I had a bad attitude, no question. What I experienced the next few years, however, blew me away. Texas has become a home and a heart, filled with loving friends and new experiences. Texas' abundance of life and adventure is paralleled at UT. On the Forty Acres, I plan on combining my passion for all things STEM with my interests in politics and government in my Plan II curriculum, and get involved in lobbying for better science policy and helping to elect more politicians with scientific backgrounds. I also hope to continue to master Mandarin and learn more about Chinese society and history. Most of all, I can't wait to explore all Austin has to offer and make UT my home!

Biomedical Engineering; Plan II Honors

Honors Programs
Engineering Honors; Plan II Honors

Other Academic Interests 
Mandarin, Science Policy, Sino-US Relations

What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?  
The exceptional financial, academic, and personal investment Texas Exes makes in each scholar drew me to the Forty Acres Scholars Program. The program is unrivaled at UT in its commitment to its students. When I became a Forty Acres Scholar, I joined an exceptional academic community but I also became a member of a family.