Student News & Notes

Student News & Notes

Baylor University’s Model United Nations team excelled at the 29th annual American Model United Nations Conference in Chicago, earning top honors and breaking a team record for the most in-committee awards received at the annual conference.

Model United Nations student group
Baylor Model UN undergraduates representing South Africa were named Overall Outstanding Delegation by their peers. Meanwhile, members of Baylor’s Model Organization of American States team (shown at right) won awards at the annual Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States (ESMOAS) competition as they debated topics including climate change, food security, migrant rights, freedom of the press and fair trade. 

Bianca Hill

Before her graduation in December 2018 with a BA in anthropology, Bianca Hill was one of four students across the country selected as a National Transfer Student Ambassador for 2019 by the National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students.

The recipients were honored for helping transfer students feel welcome at their new college homes. “Baylor has changed my life and helped me become a healthier, happier and brighter light, while also giving me places that I would not otherwise have to let that light shine,” said Hill, who is now working as a Baylor admissions counselor. 

Jiajun (Dylan) Jiang, a PhD candidate in geosciences at Baylor, has won an Outstanding Teaching Assistant (TA) award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. It's an award open to all American geoscience graduate students, with only three or four winners chosen each year. 

Samantha Yruegas, a PhD candidate in chemistry at Baylor, has been named one of 118 outstanding young chemists from around the world. Yruegas, a first generation college student, has been included in the “Periodic Table of Younger Chemists” created by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. She has mentored undergraduates from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds and is active in the Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists and the Baylor chapter of Women in Science and Engineering.

Alexandra Beard, a senior biochemistry major, received a 2019 Medicinal and Bioorganic Chemistry Foundation (MBCF) Student Travel Fellowship. The Fellowship is a highly competitive travel grant established by pharmaceutical companies to recognize outstanding student researchers. The award enabled Alexandra to attend a MBCF winter conference in Colorado and make a presentation on her latest research.