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Congratulations to the 2021-22 Aspire Scholars!

November 18, 2021

Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Programs is happy to announce our 2021-22 cohort of Aspire Scholars. These fifteen Drexel sophomores have been selected based on their academic achievement, intellectual curiosity, engagement across Drexel and within their communities, and demonstrated potential for success. Through the Aspire Scholars program, these students will participate in personal and professional development activities to further develop and clarify their goals while making connections and gaining tools to expand their network. We are excited to see them grow and look forward to supporting them in their future endeavors!

2021-22 Apsire Scholars

Read more about these students on our Scholar Profiles page.


Top row from left to right:

  • Serenity Baruzzini, BS Engineering ’25
  • Ethan Binder, BS Screenwriting and Playwriting ’ 24
  • Quynh Bui, BS Health Sciences ’25
  • Elias Gkouveris, BS Physics ’25
  • Tamir Gorham, BS Philosophy, Politics, & Economics ’25

Middle row from left to right:

  • Sky Harper, BS Chemistry ’24
  • Alyssa Kemp, BS Environmental Engineering ’25
  • Eva Kraus, BS Biomedical Engineering ’25
  • Luyang Liu, BS Electrical Engineering ’24
  • Lakshmi Parvathinathan, BS Biological Sciences ’24

Bottom row from left to right:

  • Nisha Patel, BS Biological Sciences ’25
  • Atara Saunders, BA Global Studies ’25
  • Griffin Stein, BS Biomedical Engineering ’25
  • Anna Vallarta, BS Biological Sciences ’25
  • Lydia Victor, BA Entrepreneurship and Innovation, ’23

The Pennoni Honors College is dedicated to fostering innovation, creativity, and intellectual exchange among undergraduates at Drexel University. The Aspire Scholars Program is rooted in these values. Following an optional nomination process and open application period, students are evaluated on a basis of their intellectual curiosity and openness, engagement in areas of interest, and desire to reflect on and take steps toward realizing longer term goals. This year, we received 60 applications from which 22 finalists were selected for interviews with program staff and members of the Pennoni Honors College.


The final fifteen students selected as Aspire Scholars are an impressive group drawn from across the university. They bring different perspectives and backgrounds to the program and are eager to learn from one another and grow their professional network.


For more information about the Aspire Scholars Program, visit our Aspire Scholars page.