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Announcing Our 2022-23 Aspire Scholars

November 17, 2022

Undergraduate Research and Enrichment Programs is pleased to announce our 2022-23 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!

2022-23 Aspire Scholars cohort headshots

Read more about these students on our Scholar Profiles page.

Top row from left to right:

  • Sajda Adam, psychology '26
  • Sabrina Akter, data science '26
  • Alessandra Cabrera, materials science and engineering '26
  • Meredith Davies, custom-designed major in medicinal engineering '26
  • Madelyn Farland, nursing '26

Middle row from left to right:

  • Alexis Gomez, biological sciences '26
  • Amir Kaidarov, software engineering '26
  • Calvin Keeys, environmental science '25
  • Charlie Meader, environmental studies and sustainability '26
  • Blake Meyer, biomedical engineering '26

Bottom row from left to right:

  • Rhythm Osan, civil and architectural engineering '26
  • Albert Paredes Rodriguez, chemistry '26
  • Matthew Soesanto, biological sciences '26
  • Dorothea West, chemistry '26
  • Conway Zheng, materials science and engineering '26

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 49 applications from which 23 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.