Texas Tech University

Engaged Scholar: Andrew Armstrong

Engaged Scholar: Andrew ArmstrongWhen I came to Texas Tech University, I was not sure what career I wanted to pursue. I did know that working hard and capitalizing on opportunities was going to be a must. Organizations like the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) undergraduate research program and the Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) enabled me to discover what I am passionate about while giving me the tools and opportunities to successfully chase those aspirations.

When I began working in a research lab as a sophomore, I quickly recognized that I was learning not only about the biological sciences but the realities of the working world. My co-curricular involvements with TTU/HHMI and CALUE enabled me to travel to Texas and locations throughout San Jose, CA and Seattle, WA to present my research and speak with faculty from other universities. With these experiences, I have gained acceptance to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine (TTUHSC-SOM), and feel excited and prepared for success as I head into that next phase of my education.

Recently, I backpacked in Alaska's Denali National Park with two other undergraduate researchers and had the time of my life. Shortly after, I traveled with another HHMI and CALUE undergraduate researcher and Dr. Kim Peck of TTUHSC-SOM on a medical mission to Kenya where we established a clinic outside of Malindi. This clinic saw 200 patients a day on average. I worked in the lab portion of this clinic, administering malaria and HIV tests, as well as urinalysis and pregnancy tests.

My time in research and education at Texas Tech enabled me to do these things. Tech has become a home away from home for me and I couldn't be happier about my experience and future here.