UT Dallas McDermott Scholars

The 2018 McDermott Scholars

The 2018 class of Scholars is made up of 9 women and 7 men, with 7 students from Texas and 9 from 8 other states. Collectively, this class has an average two-part SAT score of 1560, and 11 of the 16 received recognition from the National Merit Scholarship program.


Ms. Julia LaFond

Ms. Julia LaFond

Hometown: Spring Branch, TX
High School: Smithson Valley High School
Major: Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Ms. Solvay Linde

Ms. Solvay Linde

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: School for the Talented and Gifted
Major: Computer Science

Ms. Snipta Mallick

Ms. Snipta Mallick

Hometown: Plano, TX
High School: Texas Academy of Math and Science
Major: Healthcare Studies

Ms. Patricia Mathu

Ms. Patricia Mathu

Hometown: Whitefish Bay, WI
High School: Whitefish Bay High School
Major: Undeclared

Mr. Evan Meade

Mr. Evan Meade

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
High School: Keystone School
Major: Physics

Mr. Navnit Mohan

Mr. Navnit Mohan

Hometown: Plano, TX
High School: Plano Senior High School
Major: Neuroscience

Mr. Jake Munch

Mr. Jake Munch

Hometown: El Cajon, CA
High School: Valhalla High School
Major: Biochemistry

Mr. Zach Neiger

Mr. Zach Neiger

Hometown: Merrick, NY
High School: Sanford H. Calhoun High School
Major: Software Engineering

Mr. Patrick Nnoromele

Mr. Patrick Nnoromele

Hometown: Richmond, KY
High School: Model Laboratory School
Major: Molecular Biology

Ms. Michelle Patten

Ms. Michelle Patten

Hometown: Sammamish, WA
High School: The Bear Creek School
Major: Biomedical Engineering

Ms. Annika Russell

Ms. Annika Russell

Hometown: La Cañada, CA
High School: La Cañada High School
Major: Cognitive Science

Mr. Kannan Sharma

Mr. Kannan Sharma

Hometown: Dallas, TX
High School: St. Mark’s School of Texas
Major: Cognitive Science

Ms. Anja Sheppard

Ms. Anja Sheppard

Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
High School: North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Major: Computer Science

Ms. Anna Straughan

Ms. Anna Straughan

Hometown: Arvada, CO
High School: Ralston Valley High School
Major: Molecular Biology

Mr. Ben Wise

Mr. Ben Wise

Hometown: Decatur, GA
High School: Marist School
Major: Visual and Performing Art

Ms. Safiyah Zaidi

Ms. Safiyah Zaidi

Hometown: Austin, TX
High School: McNeil High School
Major: Neuroscience