In fall 2016, Texas A&M Science welcomed the first cohort in its flagship retention effort, the Science Leadership Scholars (SLS) Program. This elite learning community, launched with generous underwriting from former students, donors, and college faculty, is designed to financially and academically support high-performing science majors who share common risk factors, including being first-generation students from low-income families. The program also provides mentorship focused on acclimating students to college.

Now in its fourth year, the program serves 71 students, including two on track to complete their degrees in December as the program’s first official graduates.

Science Leadership Scholars are twice as likely to graduate in four years with a STEM degree as students from similar backgrounds who do not participate in the program

100% are first generation

100% are low socio-economic

Average SAT/ACT scores of 1250/25 or higher

Program participation more than doubles their success rate in completing science degrees

Scholar Spotlight

Marlisa Marquez '21

Science Leadership Scholar

Meet Texas A&M biology major and Science Leadership Scholar Marlisa “Marly” Marquez ’21, who shares her story about finding an unexpected home in Aggieland and Texas A&M Science in a Q&A segment featured in the summer 2019 issue of the Texas A&M Foundation’s Spirit Magazine.

Read Marlisa's Story

Oscar Gonzalez '20

Science Leadership Scholar

Texas A&M chemistry major and Science Leadership Scholar Oscar Gonzalez ’20 has been named a 2019 Goldwater Scholar by the Goldwater Scholarship Foundation in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and research potential. Gonzalez is among 48 Texas A&M students selected to date for the prestigious honor since the initial scholarship was issued in 1989.

Read Oscar's Story

Thao-Nguyen Pham '20

Science Leadership Scholar

Texas A&M biology major and Science Leadership Scholar Thao-Nguyen Pham ’20 describes how she instantly fell in love with the Texas A&M University culture and how her experiences in academics and research have helped shaped her into the person she is today.

Watch Thao-Nguyen's Story

Current Scholars

Science Leadership Scholar Melissa Anderson

Pasadena, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future forensic pathologist

Science Leadership Scholar Angelica Benitez

Raymondville, Texas
Mathematics major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future high school math teacher

Science Leadership Scholar Eduardo Berber

Houston, Texas
Microbiology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future pathogenic researcher

Science Leadership Scholar Jaden Borders

Reno, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future optometrist

Science Leadership Scholar Michel Calderon

McAllen, Texas
Applied Mathematics major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future actuary

Science Leadership Scholar Kayla Carter

San Antonio, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future physician assistant

Science Leadership Scholar Bryan Chapa

Pharr, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future family physician

Science Leadership Scholar Johnathan Cuellar

Houston, Texas
Physics major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future IT professional

Science Leadership Scholar Asad Danka

Humble, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future neurologist

Science Leadership Scholar Cristina De La Cruz

Brownsville, Texas
Microbiology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future pathologist

Science Leadership Scholar Bao Dong

Houston, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future dermatologist

Science Leadership Scholar Isa Duong

Round Rock, Texas
Microbiology and Biochemistry double major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future infectious diseases pharmacist

Science Leadership Scholar Adam Edders

Snook, Texas
Applied Mathematics major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future traveling mathematician

Science Leadership Scholar Sergio Estrada

La Marque, Texas
Molecular and Cellular Biology major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future doctor

Science Leadership Scholar Frank Gamas

Laredo, Texas
Mathematics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future computer scientist

Science Leadership Scholar Enrique Garcia

Fort Worth, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future family physician

Science Leadership Scholar Saron Gilazgi

Wylie, Texas
Biology major
SLS 1st cohort
Future OB-GYN

Science Leadership Scholar Marissa Gonzalez

Corpus Christi, Texas
Zoology major
SLS 1st cohort
Future veterinarian

Science Leadership Scholar Oscar Gonzalez

San Juan, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 1st cohort
Future chemistry professor

Science Leadership Scholar Edith Gonzalez Brizuela

Laredo, Texas
Physics major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future high school physics teacher

Science Leadership Scholar Talia Guzman

Spring, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future pharmaceutical sales rep

Science Leadership Scholar Danny Han

Friendswood, Texas
Biology major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future radiologist

Science Leadership Scholar Nicole Harari

Houston, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future dentist

Science Leadership Scholar Mayra Hernandez

Houston, Texas
Statistics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future statistician

Science Leadership Scholar Elmer Hose

Spring Branch, Texas
Physics major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future high school math or physics teacher

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Kirbyville, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future youth services counselor

Science Leadership Scholar Minjee Kim

Fort Worth, Texas
Statistics major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future statistics professor

Science Leadership Scholar Aakash Kothari

Irving, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future ER physician

Science Leadership Scholar Melissa Lane

Killeen, Texas
Applied Mathematics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future actuary

Science Leadership Scholar Britnie Lee

Pflugerville, Texas
Mathematics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future tax accountant

Science Leadership Scholar Kayla Lopez

Edinburg, Texas
Biology major
SLS 1st cohort
Future epidemiologist

Science Leadership Scholar Louiza Mak

Plano, Texas
Biology major
SLS 1st cohort
Future veterinarian

Science Leadership Scholar Marlisa Marquez

Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Biology major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future healthcare or immigration lawyer

Science Leadership Scholar Felipe Martinez

Venus, Texas
Microbiology major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future neurologist

Science Leadership Scholar Thomas Martinez

San Antonio, Texas
Physics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future high school physics teacher

Science Leadership Scholar Alexa Mendoza

El Paso, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 1st cohort
Future physician assistant

Science Leadership Scholar Cesar Mendoza

Dallas, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future pediatric physician assistant

Science Leadership Scholar Cristian Meraz

Houston, Texas
Applied Mathematics major
SLS 1st cohort
Future mathematics professor

Science Leadership Scholar Cameron Motherwell

Fort Worth, Texas
Statistics major
SLS 1st cohort
Future statistician

Science Leadership Scholar Cole Nelson

San Angelo, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future pathologist

Science Leadership Scholar Emily Ng

League City, Texas
Microbiology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future epidemiologist

Science Leadership Scholar Bill Ngo

Grand Prairie, Texas
Applied Mathematics major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future mathematician

Science Leadership Scholar Kevin Nguyen

Humble, Texas
Biology major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future doctor

Science Leadership Scholar Angela Nguyen

Sugar Land, Texas
Molecular and Cellular Biology major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future biotechnologist

Science Leadership Scholar Thao Pham

Pasadena, Texas
Zoology major
SLS 1st cohort
Future veterinarian

Science Leadership Scholar Andrew Nite

Spring, Texas
Physics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future physics researcher

Science Leadership Scholar Carlos Ortega

Laredo, Texas
Biology major
SLS 1st cohort
Future physician

Science Leadership Scholar Camila Perales

Olmito, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 1st cohort
Future sustainable polymer researcher

Science Leadership Scholar Julia Peralta

Rio Grande Valley, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future physician-scientist

Science Leadership Scholar Cindy Perez

Katy, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future pharmacist

Science Leadership Scholar Riddhi Perkins

Fort Worth, Texas
Biology and Genetics double major
SLS 1st cohort
Future doctor

Science Leadership Scholar Selena Pineda

Houston, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 1st cohort
Future high school chemistry teacher

Science Leadership Scholar Samantha Quintana

Carrollton, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 4th cohort
Future pediatric surgeon

Science Leadership Scholar Ramon Reyes

Irving, Texas
Applied Mathematics major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future software developer

Science Leadership Scholar Claudio Romero

Ennis, Texas
Statistics major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future statistician

Science Leadership Scholar Xochitl Rongel

Fruitvale, Texas
Zoology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future wildlife conservationist

Science Leadership Scholar Aysha Shabbir

Spring, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future pediatric or cosmetic dentist

Science Leadership Scholar Amy Shum

Katy, Texas
Biology and Genetics double major
SLS 1st cohort
Future clinical pharmacist

Science Leadership Scholar Carlos Suarez

Bryan, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 4th cohort
Future pharmacist

Science Leadership Scholar Eric Tagoe

New Braunfels, Texas
Physics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future nuclear physicist

Science Leadership Scholar Nancy Teng

Missouri City, Texas
Chemistry major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future pharmacist

Science Leadership Scholar Alejandro Tovar

Royse City, Texas
Biology major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future urologist or nephrologist

Science Leadership Scholar Jasmine Tran

Garland, Texas
Statistics major
SLS 4th cohort
Future orthopedic surgeon

Science Leadership Scholar Amy Trejo

Fort Worth, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future neonatal surgeon

Science Leadership Scholar Berny Trevino

Laredo, Texas
Biology major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future pediatrician

Science Leadership Scholar Javier Trevino

San Antonio, Texas
Mathematics major
SLS 1st cohort
Future space mathematician

Science Leadership Scholar Rebecca Varela

Abilene, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future forensic technician

Science Leadership Scholar Emily Vasquez

Houston, Texas
Mathematics major
SLS 3rd cohort
Future actuary

Science Leadership Scholar Sarah Vastani

Houston, Texas
Biology major
SLS 4th cohort
Future doctor

Science Leadership Scholar Dylan Ward

Katy, Texas
Statistics and Molecular and Cellular Biology double major
SLS 4th cohort
Future biostatistician

Science Leadership Scholar Amy Zhou

Houston, Texas
Applied Mathematics major
SLS 2nd cohort
Future actuary

Donors are the Difference

Texas A&M Science honors the individuals and corporations whose generous philanthropy benefits our undergraduate students by helping to provide them with hands-on learning opportunities, academic resources, mentorship, and social support through their participation in the Science Leadership Scholars Program.

SLS Sponsors

Judy C. and James R. Adams ‘61
Dr. Ersen Arseven ’74
Dr. John M. Beckerdite ’76
Shirley and Don Birkelbach ‘70
BP
Barbara Brown ’82 and John C. Calhoun IV ‘79
Drs. James W. ’68 and Patricia Chancellor
Dr. Abraham Clearfield, Norman Clearfield, and Dr. Howard M. Clearfield
Rebecca M. ’75 and Joseph C. Demeter
Gina M. ’86 and John R. Dickerson ‘86
Michael D. ’79 and Debra L. ’79 Dishberger
Nancy and Robert L. Dunham ‘63
Alyssa R. Fenoglio ’03
General Motors
Dr. Richard H. Gomer
Patricia J. ’92 and Dagoberto I. Gonzalez, Jr. ’92
Cynthia and Dr. William R. Howell, Jr. ’69
The Kelly-Laustsen Family Foundation
Michael C. Krueger ’76
Kelly ’90 and Randy Lunsford ‘89
Ahmed M. Mahmoud ’87
Joseph and Karin Natowitz
Dina and Dr. Tyler “Ty” Pendergrass ’94
Thomas W. Powell ‘62
Antonio C. Rodriquez ’90 and Maria Francine Rodriquez ‘91
Terrell W. Rowan ’72 and Joshua P. Rowan ‘02
Col. Harold “Hal” C. Schade ‘67
Barbara H. and Emil J. Straube
Dr. M. Rick Villarreal, II ’88
Gabriel Wilson
Katherine A. and Ronald I. Wilson ‘72
Bonsall S. Wilton ’72
The Class of 1961

Support Our Scholars

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, each SLS student currently receives $2,500 in financial support each year for four years — an investment of $10,000 per student. You, too, can play an integral role in backing the Science Leadership Scholars Program.

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