The Commerce Journal
Four students from the Honors College at Texas A&M University-Commerce have been admitted into post-baccalaureate medical programs.
Jessica Meyer grew up in Bedford, Texas and will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in biology in May 2013. Growing up with her mother and sister, Meyer strives to make her deceased father proud. She has been accepted into medical school at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.
“It has been one long hard journey that has brought me to where I am today, and it feels so good to finally achieve an accomplishment like this,” Meyer said. “The journey isn’t over, but one large boulder has been passed, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
While studying at A&M-Commerce, she was a member of the Joint Admission Medical Program, the Rock Climbing Society, the Lions soccer team, vice-president of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honors Society, and co-founder of the Student Healthcare and Outreach Society.
“Jessica is a student that one is instantly drawn to,” Dr. Raymond Green, dean of the Honors College, said. “She is kind and genuine. This sweet and kind demeanor makes it that much more entertaining to listen to her excitedly share gross stories about watching skull surgery and the like. Jessica is brilliant and hard working. Her combination of smarts and friendliness bodes well for her future patients. She will be a very successful and popular doctor.”
After growing up in Mansfield, Texas, Mary Mason will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in biology in May 2013 from A&M-Commerce. She will be attending the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in Fall 2013.
While there, she plans to get her master’s degree in clinical research. While on campus, Mason was president of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and was executive vice president of the Residence Hall Association.
“Mary loves science. Whereas some intelligent students gravitate toward medicine because ‘that’s what smart students do’, Mary has always been drawn to the scientific search for answers,” Green said. “She lives and breathes science. She is an excellent researcher and student. Mary is fascinated by infectious disease and has gotten into a program where she can focus her research on those diseases. It would not surprise me at all to read about her ridding the world of one of these diseases in the future.”
From The Woodlands, Texas, William Lian will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in biology in May 2013 from A&M-Commerce. He was accepted to the University of Texas Medical School.
“Will’s college decision came down to Notre Dame and A&M-Commerce,” Green said. “I was thrilled when he chose us but also felt the obligation to ensure that he have the best educational experience possible. However, I soon realized that a student like Will creates his own opportunities. He complements raw intelligence with a work ethic and drive that is unparalleled. But on top of it he is just a nice guy who was heavily involved in community service and started a student group while on campus. It will be exciting to watch where he goes in life.”
During his time at A&M-Commerce, Lian founded the Student Healthcare and Outreach Society, and he was also involved in the Tri-beta Biological Honors Society, Alpha Chi Honors Society, and the Chinese Student Association.
A native of Keller, Texas, Alexander Kimp will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in human performance in May 2013 at A&M-Commerce. He was accepted into the Doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
“I am very excited for what the future holds and the opportunity to attend a nationally-ranked university,” Kimp said. “I would also like to thank the Honors College and faculty at A&M-Commerce for opening up all the doors and leading me toward this great accomplishment.”
While studying at A&M-Commerce, Kimp was a part of the A&M-Commerce Cross Country and Track team, and he volunteered with the BINGO and Bowling program at the Country Home Estates Retirement Home.
“I was so excited to hear that Alex had gained acceptance to the third ranked physical therapy program in the nation,” Green said. “Alex has worked so hard to graduate in three years while earning fantastic grades and being a key member of our university’s cross country and track teams. In addition, Alex is an absolute joy to be around. He always has a smile on his face and a kind word to say. This combination of intelligence, work ethic, and charm will help him go very far in the world of physical therapy.”
The Honors College at A&M-Commerce awards 50 high-achieving freshmen a full-ride scholarship every year. Students will take 30 credit hours of honors classes and complete a thesis before graduation.
They will receive special recognition at graduation and honors designation on their diplomas and transcripts.
To apply, students must be entering freshmen, with an ACT of 27 or higher or an SAT score of 1200, graduate in the top 10 percent of their high school class, interview with the Honors College advisor, and commit to a four year Honors College Program.
For more information about the Honors College, contact Dr. Raymond Green, Dean of the Honors College at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to