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Alumni Spotlight

Ignasio Hernandez Alumni Spotlight

Ignasio Hernandez (B.S. Mathematics, 2019) is the creative talent responsible for many of the photos used on the University Honors Program website.

“I grew up on the Northside of Houston where I was exposed to photography/videography at Davis High School, and this skill has now stuck with me for over 7 years! With my time at UHD, this talent was put to good use as I was able to take photos for various occasions such as travelling for conferences, fundraisers, commercial shoots, and I was able to take photos for my peers along the way as well. In 2019 graduated with my B.S. in Mathematics and now teach Algebra to ninth graders at East End High School. My photography has moved to a side business at this point, but I will always cherish the time I was able to take photos in my academic career. I invite anyone interested in checking out more of my work to visit my website at"

Ryan Hashem Alumni Spotlight

Ryan Hashem, BBA General Business, Fall 2019

Clinical Analyst, HCA Healthtrust Purchasing Group

Defining undergraduate moment?

One moment that defined my undergraduate experience would be helping plan the first Super Smash Bro’s ultimate tournament. I was just eager to finally plan one because my friend is usually the one to do it in my hometown, I never expected it to have such a big turnout to the point where the halls were crammed with people who wanted to compete. After that It felt like more people wanted me to help them come up with events and parties.

Most memorable academic experience?

One of my favorite experiences was convincing two of my professors to take both of our classes to St. Arnold’s Brewery. We were actually able to get a nice tour, learn about their business model and strategies, as well as meet their CEO. Most of the Honors professors I know are willing to entertain fun ideas like that.

How did Honors help prepare you for your future?

In Honors I learned that there’s a lot more to gain from a university than just a piece of paper. I learned different leadership skills for different sizes of various groups. I feel like Honors gave me a way to really figure out who I am, what I want to do, and how to push past my own limits. I made lifelong friendships, valuable exposure to lots of different professionals, and I got to know people from all over the world.

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SPRING 2020 ​
Perla Alvarado
BBA Accounting
Cynthia Andrade
BBA Accounting
Jennifer Betancourt
BSW Social Work
Thomas Canny
BS Political Science, BBA International Business
Melissa Garcia
BS Psychology
Archie Gayle
BA English
Eduardo Gil
BA Mathematics
Elizabeth Gonzalez
BS Psychology
Alfred Grimaldo
BA English
Jamie Guzman
BS Interdisciplinary Studies
Namita Kadel
BBA Management
Isbah Khan
BS Mathematics, BA Philosophy
Thalia Martinez
BBA Management
Alondra Morillon
BA History
Katey Qualls
BBA Management
Lizett Rodriguez
BBA Accounting
Fany Rubio
BS Psychology
Jasmine Torres
BSW Social Work
Taylor Tumbleson
BA Mathematics
Andrea Vasquez
BS Political Science
Jesse Uppal
BS Criminal Justice & Political Science

HNRS Cohort 2017

FALL 2019
Prashant Bashyal
BBA Management Information Systems
​Sara Bhai
​BA Interdisciplinary Studies
Angela Dawson
​BA Fine Arts
Nav Dhadral
BBA Marketing
​Aimee Garcia Soto
BA History
​Mariana Grijalva
BBA Accounting
Ryan Hashem
​BBA General Business
​Danielle Jackson
​BBA Accounting
Helen Martinez​
BA History
​Xena Orozco
BS Interdisciplinary Studies
Jennifer Osorio
​BBA Accounting
Maris Payne
​BBA General Business
Yadira Rebollar
​BBA General Business
Ruth Salvador
​BBA Finance
Miguel Sanchez
​BA Philosophy
Christian Tijerina
BS Psychology

Grads Fall 2019

Evelyn Garcia
BA English & Philosophy
​Carlos Guajardo
​BA History
​Julio Enriquez
BS Geosciences, BA Philosophy
​Haleigh Folger
​BS Psychology
​Mariangela Gamez
​BS Criminal Justice
Ignasio Hernandez
​BS Mathematics
Chisomnazu Ibe
BS Biological and Physical Sciences
Remsha Iqbal
BS Biotechnology
​Jasmine Major​
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​BSW Social Work
Citlaly Rubio
​BSW Social Work
Armita Tajadod
​BS Political Science
​Jocelyn Torres
​BS Political Science
Justin Tyler
BBA Management

Grads Spring 2019

FALL 2018
​​Dionesia Bardwell
​BS Biotechnology
Paige Caldwell
BA English
​Cristal Pena
​BS Political Science
Jessica Plascensia-Delgado
BS Political Science

Honors Grads of 2018

​​​​Katy De La O
​BS Political Science
​Yadia Gamez
​BA English, BS Psychology
Faryal Gul
BS Political Science, BA History
Eisha Khan
​BS Political Science & Psychology
Juan Leija
​BA History
Kara Moore
​BA Communication Studies
​Magge Nunez
BS Psychology
Yarmilla Reyes
​BS Biology
Estefania Rodriguez
​BS Interdisciplinary Studies
Taylor Scott
BBA Accounting​
Wallace Wilson
​BS Political Science

Graduates for the Spring '18

Edith Adalba
BA Spanish
Martin Valdez
BS Criminal Justice

First HNRS Grads of 2017