Ampersand Society, 2016 Cohort


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. She has a specific interest in global health and is working towards pursuing a career influencing physicians globally through education. Over the past semester, 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 Students Improving Global Health Together (SIGHT), is a William Carey Crane Scholar, and enjoys playing violin as part of the HRC Strings Ensemble. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a joint MD/PhD degree so that she can become a medical educator.


A pre-law University Scholar, Amanda concentrates her studies in English literature and creative writing. She is the President of College Council for the Honors Residential College. She serves on the administration and editorial boards for The Pulse, Baylor's undergraduate academic journal; she also writes for various other Baylor publications. She is a William Carey Crane Scholar and has served as a leader for Honors Line Camp the past two summers. She enjoys volunteering at World Hunger Relief Farm, exploring Wacotown, and discussing big ideas of empathy, community, and storytelling.


Ashley Dyer, a political science and French major, is completing the Honors Program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) at Baylor. She plans either to complete a graduate degree in international studies or to attend law school. Ashley hopes to compete in Moot Court competitions and is a member of Pi Delta Phi. She plans to study abroad next year in France and also hopes to participate in the Baylor in Washington program, which will allow her to attend courses and complete an internship in Washington D.C.


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.


A University Scholar, Peter studies political science, economics, and philosophy. He is completing the Honors Program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core in the Honors College. He is a member of the Baylor Coed Cheerleading team, supporting the Bears at all major sports events. Peter interned with the Texas State Legislature as a Bob Bullock Scholar during the 85th Legislative Session. He plans to attend law school and aspires to serve the state of Texas and the United States in public office.


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.


Jamie, a statistics major, is completing the premedicine program at Baylor. She is interested in how biostatistics interacts with the creation of public health policy. She participates in serving the Waco community through the Medical Service Organization. She also holds leadership positions in Sigma Phi Lambda, a Christian sorority. After graduation, Jamie plans to attend medical school to work towards a M.D./M.P.H. dual degree.


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.


Cassidy studies sociology with a minor in political science. A Pre-Law Honors student, Cassidy is a member of Baylor Ambassadors and Pre-Law Ambassadors. She has also competed on the Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial team and is currently a member of the Baylor Pre-Law Society. Cassidy interned with Texas State Representative Kyle Kacal as a Bob Bullock Scholar in Austin during the 85th Legislative session. Cassidy has also interned at the Public Defender Service in Washington D.C. as a Shepherd Scholar last summer. After graduation, Cassidy plans to earn her J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy in order to pursue a political career dealing with civil rights and racial discrimination within the U.S. criminal justice system.


Alexander studies sociology and international studies at Baylor. He is an active member of MSO (Medical Services Organization), which allows him to serve in the Waco community. He also participates in the Baylor Forensic Society and Baylor Democrats. Alexander plans on attending graduate school after he completes his undergraduate education to study sociology and anticipates a research career, working for the federal government or in a university setting.


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. She is intrigued by the interaction between human behavior and disease and plans to work in global health. 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) and the Honors Residential College; she is also a Crane Scholar..


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.


Zane majors in international studies and is completing the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core within the Honors College. He also studies Chinese and political science. Born in the US, Zane grew up in Australia and finished high school in China before returning to America for university. He hopes to continue his exploration of peoples and cultures following his time at Baylor through the State Department as a Foreign Service Officer He has also developed an interest in US foreign policy and is considering peace and security fellowships in DC. Outside of the classroom, Zane enjoys intramural sports and is the VP of the Baylor Triathlon team, which in conjunction with Model United Nations and the officer duties for SIR, keeps him pretty busy most of the time.