Ampersand Society, 2016 Cohort

The third class of Ampersand Society was selected in Spring 2016, their second semester of studies at Baylor.


Andrew is an honors computational physics major with minors in computer science and mathematics. He is involved in various on-campus groups, primarily Computing for Compassion and the Society of Physics Students. Andrew has completed a summer of research at Fermilab, working on particle detector systems, and is currently researching in the realm of string theory. Although he hopes to go on for an advanced degree in physics, he also regularly competes in programming competitions for Baylor.


Lauren is an international studies major and an economics minor. A prelaw and honors student, she also performs on the Mock Trial team as a witness. This summer she hopes to be able to study abroad in Italy, and after graduation, plans to attend law school and pursue a career in appellate law.


Kyle, a University Scholar from Minnesota, studies mathematics and linguistics. He is particularly interested in topology and plans to complete graduate study in mathematics and teach at the university level. Kyle is currently a William Carey Crane Scholar and a student leader for Baylor Urban Missions, leading an after-school tutoring program for children in the Estella Maxey community. During his free time, Kyle likes to run, cross-country ski, and read early twentieth-century novels.


Meghan is a biology and Great Texts major in the Honors Program with a minor in biochemistry. She has a specific interest in the intersection between global health and surgery, with the intent to research novel surgical techniques that are feasible and cost-effective for developing nations. During her undergraduate studies, Meghan has had the privilege of studying abroad to gain a fuller understanding of the history of medicine as well as other topics in the area of premedical studies. Meghan is active in Alpha Epsilon Delta (an honors prehealth society), is a William Carey Crane Scholar, and enjoys playing violin as part of the HRC Strings Ensemble. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a medical degree to help achieve her goal of developing surgical techniques to be used in the majority world.


A University Scholar, Amanda concentrates her studies in English literature and creative writing. Her honors thesis is an anthology of creative non-fiction essays, supervised by Dr. Michael-John DePalma. During the fall semester of 2018, she studied at Oxford; her final term paper explored the relationship of Frederick Buechner’s Brendan to the medieval hagiographic tradition. She has served on leadership for Baylor’s Honors Residential College including as the President of the College Council. She has also served on the administration and editorial boards for The Pulse, Baylor's undergraduate academic journal; she also writes for other Baylor publications. She is a William Carey Crane Scholar. She enjoys volunteering at World Hunger Relief Farm, exploring Wacotown, recording her podcast, and discussing big ideas of empathy, community, and storytelling.


Ashley, a political science and French major with an anthropology minor, is completing the Honors Program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) at Baylor and is currently finishing her honors thesis. She competed in two years of Moot Court, advancing to the Nationals Competition both years. A member of Pi Delta Phi, Pi Sigma Alpha, and Phi Beta Kappa, Ashley spent a semester studying and interning in Washington D.C. before studying abroad in France and has participated in two seasons of the San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project in Italy, acting as the Assistant Laboratory Director in the second season. After graduation, she plans to take a bridge year before attending graduate school to pursue advanced study in international relations.


Adriana Herrera, a biology major on the pre-medicine track, is completing the Honors Program. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and then to practice in her home state of New Mexico. Last summer, Adriana took part in the UTHealth-CPRIT program for Innovation in Cancer Prevention, where she looked at the molecular mechanism of breast cancer metastasis. She is currently involved in the Multicultural Association of Prehealth students and is the Service Chair for the Baylor and Beyond LLC. As Service Chair, Adriana leads two Baylor Urban Missions and enjoys spending her free time serving and building community with the people in Waco.


Josh is a studio art major concentrating in graphic design. He currently serves as vice president of the Baylor Theme Park Engineering and Design club, an organization that supports students in competing for an internship with Disney Imagineering. Recently, Josh won the Juror's Choice award for Drawing at the Baylor Student Exhibition at the Martin Museum of Art. After graduation, Josh hopes to work for Disney Imagineering or with the Creative Department at Walt Disney World Resort.


McKenna, a Spanish and journalism, news-editorial major, is completing the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College. She works as the Opinion Editor for the Baylor Lariat and volunteers with Urban Missions. Passionate about the global community and education, McKenna plans to complete a PhD program in Spanish literature and work as a professor of that subject. She enjoys traveling and learning about different cultures. She studied abroad for one semester in Spain during her junior year where she taught English to Madrid community members, visited art museums, and ate lots of tapas.


Bachelor of Arts, University Scholar


Luke studies Great Texts, classics, and religion as a University Scholar at Baylor. He is an active member of Eta Sigma Phi, the Classics Honors Society. His research interests include the interplay between Church and State, archaeology, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and historical understandings of the purpose of art. His career interests include (but are not limited to) being the next Indiana Jones, teaching the humanities to high-schoolers, and becoming a residence hall director or academic advisor.


Elaine is a Distinguished Scholar studying English and environmental studies in the Honors College. Passionate about environmental sustainability, she plans to attend law school in order to pursue a career as an environmental lawyer. Elaine serves as the Public Relations Chair of the Steppin' Out Student Steering Committee, where she coordinates public outreach and social media, and is an active member of the sorority Delta Delta Delta. This semester, Elaine is excited to be a founding member of the environmental, community outreach organization Green Before Gold.


Bachelor of Science, Statistics


A University Scholar, Amber Schulze studies engineering and biology and hopes to become a rural family practice physician. Last summer she took part in a summer research program at Texas A&M College of Medicine, where she worked in the biomedical informatics department. She currently enjoys serving as a Community Leader in Memorial Residence Hall as well being the service chair for Christian Pre-Health Fellowship, volunteering at Providence ER, and mentoring children at Restoration Haven.


Bachelor of Arts, Sociology (minor, Political Science)


Bachelor of Arts, Sociology


Matthew, a University Scholar, concentrates his studies in biology, chemistry, and political science. He is involved in Baylor's chapter of the American Medical Students' Association and is a member of the Model United Nations team. After graduation, Matthew plans on attending medical school and pursuing a career as a physician in the U.S Navy.


Noah is a student in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core majoring in political science and philosophy. He is particularly interested in the study of human nature as demonstrated in Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment thinkers such as Hobbes, Freud, and Marx. Noah greatly enjoys traveling and was able to spend this past summer studying Roman society in Italy. He hopes to complete graduate study in US foreign policy and work for the US State Department. Noah serves as the Events Committee Chair in the BIC Leadership Council and as a student leader in Baylor's Better Together and Spiritual Life programs.


Emma studies biology and medical humanities as a University Scholar. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in medicine. During the fall of 2016, she studied in the Netherlands through the Baylor in Maastricht premedical program. Emma is active in Students Improving Global Health Together (SIGHT), Alpha Epsilon Delta, and the Honors Residential College; she is also a William Carey Crane Scholar. She is currently completing an undergraduate thesis on the health care of people with intellectual disabilities.


Jamie is a University Scholar studying Classics and Renaissance/Early Modern Studies. Her goal is to bring together language, literature, and history across different eras to achieve a deeper understanding of the human condition past and present. She enjoyed joining her fellow classicists during Summer 2016 at Baylor in Italy, and in Summer 2017 she learned French at Middlebury Language Schools in Middlebury, VT. She is Treasurer of Eta Sigma Phi, the Classics honor society. She also works with ancient papyri alongside Dr. Kevin Funderburk, Baylor Classics. Outside of academics, she serves as librarian on the HRC College Council, plays in the HRC Strings Ensemble, and volunteers in the nursery at her church, Redeemer PCA. She plans to attend graduate school and eventually become a professor of classics.


James is completing a major in mathematics and minors in international studies and Japanese; he is also a member of the Honors Program. He is involved in the Baylor University Men's Choir and works as a tutor in the Success Center. Last summer, James studied abroad in Japan in an intensive language study program and plans to return to Japan next year for a semester. Next summer, he will participate in a mission trip to Kenya with the Men's Choir.


Bachelor of Arts, International Studies (minors, Chinese and Political Science)