By Tina Luther
|The Presidential Ambassador Scholars for the 2013-2014 school year include (left to right) Jeff Tinapay from the School of Nursing, Raehannah Jamshidi from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Andrew Tate from the School of Health Professions, Emily Moers from the Dental School and Bianca Methvin from the School of Medicine. They are standing with President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP (far right). |
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Five exceptional students have been selected by their deans to represent the UT Health Science Center San Antonio as Presidential Ambassador Scholars for the 2013-2014 school year. The students — representing each of the five UT Health Science Center schools — were honored at a ceremony April 16 on campus.
“We applaud your commitment to academic excellence, leadership and service — values found at the heart of our university,” said William L. Henrich, M.D, MACP, president of the Health Science Center. “We are confident that you will represent us well and will be outstanding ambassadors for our five schools and the Health Science Center.”
In addition to receiving scholarships from a group of community donors, the Ambassador Scholars serve as representatives of the Health Science Center student body at various community events, such as the Presidential Distinguished Lecture, the Health Science Center gala and the President’s Luncheon.
The Presidential Ambassador Scholars are
- Bianca Methvin from the School of Medicine;
- Jeff Tinapay from the School of Nursing;
- Emily Moers from the Dental School;
- Andrew Tate from the School of Health Professions; and
- Raehannah Jamshidi from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
Methvin graduated cum laude
from Princeton University with a degree in sociology. Her research there focused on individuals with Asperger’s syndrome transitioning to adulthood, and media depictions of autism. After graduation, she pursued research positions at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she served as a research assistant on several studies investigating complementary and alternative modalities aimed at reducing the negative side effects of cancer treatment.
Since her arrival at the Health Science Center, Methvin has served as a Veritas peer advisor, the local co-president of the Student National Medical Association and co-founder of the Geriatrics Interest Group. She was a Medical Student Training in Aging Research scholar and is a recipient of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Clinical Student Research Award. She will be presenting her research at the upcoming AGS conference. Jeff Tinapay
Jeff Tinapay, the ambassador scholar for the School of Nursing, came to the Health Science Center after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he was president of the Pre-Nursing Society and founder of the Future Nurses Association. He has worked as an emergency room technician and scribe.
Today, Jeff is in his second semester of nursing school. He was elected president of his class and president of the Nursing Student Council. He also is a Student Health Board representative, head of Men in Nursing and a peer advisor. Emily Moers
Moers, a third-year dental student, received her Bachelor of Science degree in neurobiology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 and a certificate in public health from the UT Health Science Center at Houston in 2010.
Moers is chapter president of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). She has served in national roles within the ASDA including trustee for the 9th district and representative for the Council on Advocacy. She also was a liaison to the course director of a dental histology course, peer advisor for incoming first-year students, an interviewer for the admissions committee and a member of the Dental Dean Search Committee.Andrew Tate
Since his arrival at the Health Science Center this past year as a respiratory care student in the School of Health Professions, Tate has maintained a 4.0 grade point average. He is active in intramural sports, has tutored fellow students, and has volunteered at walks for the ALS Association and Baptist Health System.
He has organized two student recruiting events at Northwest Vista College which resulted in more than 30 inquiries into the respiratory care program at the Health Science Center. He also serves as president of the Respiratory Care Organization and was selected as a peer advisor for the upcoming academic year. Additionally, Tate has co-authored research with Ruben Restrepo, M.D., RRT, FAARC, professor and advanced standing program director in the Department of Respiratory Care, on the effects of fluticasone propionate/salmeterol in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Raehannah Jamshidi
Jamshidi, the ambassador scholar for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, earned her undergraduate degree cum laude
in 2009 from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She is an M.D./Ph.D. student and has completed the first two years of her medical education.
Jamshidi now is in the second year of the graduate portion of her program in the Department of Pharmacology, part of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Her research is focused on elucidating the role of the kappa opioid receptor in regulating pain neurotransmission by primary sensory neurons. She has an extraordinary record of productivity and within the past six years has presented 17 abstracts and research posters at local and national meetings. She currently is preparing a manuscript as lead author. Jamshidi has served with Physicians for Human Rights and on recruitment committees for the M.D./Ph.D. program and Department of Pharmacology.