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Congrats, Class of 2019!

SMU News

Originally Posted: May 16, 2019

These are quotes from a SMU News article in May 2019. To read the full article: CLICK HERE

“What sets SMU apart from other schools is the ability to pursue multiple majors and experience a strong academic program while exploring various interests. Fusing my majors cultivated my creativity and ingenuity.”

MEREDITH BURKE ’19, ’20, triple major in mechanical engineering, art and math, secured a full-time position at Raytheon as a software engineer and will work on her master’s in mechanical engineering at SMU.

“At SMU, I was able to forge my own path. Thanks to the human rights program, I’ve also made lasting connections that have enabled me to expand the scope of work I’ve been doing. I’ve been able to open doors that have never been opened.”

AVERIE BISHOP ’19, double major in human rights and sociology, is considering law school offers for the fall. While at SMU, she established the Tulong Foundation that supports an array of projects in the Philippines.

“There is such a strong entrepreneurial community at SMU. Social innovation, where you are truly making a difference in the community, is ingrained here. And we have Dallas at our fingertips. Students can tap into phenomenal resources to activate the full potential of their ideas.”

NEHA HUSEIN ’19, double major in marketing and human rights, turned Just Drive, her mobile app that rewards users who lock their phones while driving, into a full-time career.

“The key to making a difference is to approach social problems and other people with curiosity and compassion. By learning and working together, you can tackle real problems and see real change.”

GREG GUGGENMOS ’18, ’19, launched the Community Bail Fund of North Texas as an undergraduate. Greg graduates with his master’s degree in applied statistics and data analytics and will focus on “driving policy change in criminal justice reform through randomized controlled trials that test innovative interventions.”

“I know I’ve said it before, but when I decided to come to SMU I never thought I’d get the chance to work on and help build an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.”

YASMIN JACKSON ’19, a geology major with a minor in archeological anthropology, helped build SMU’s Sea Monsters Unearthed exhibit now on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. She intends to help promote sustainable management of Texas water systems by joining the Texas Stream Team’s “Citizen Scientist” network.

“The support of professors has had a profound impact on me. Rita Economos in the Earth Sciences Department guided me through a senior thesis project that set me up to go to graduate school, if I choose to.”

EVAN SNYDER ’19, double major in geology and human rights, obtained a summer credit research internship summer with Highland Capital Management. As a first-year student, he joined the SMU-led research that’s now a major Smithsonian exhibition, Sea Monsters Unearthed.