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Scholarship Opportunities

The Student InterCouncil would like to congratulate the 2022-2023 scholarship recipients!

The SIC Academic Achievement Award Recipients

Cem Dede academic award winner

Cem DedeGraduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Jayanta Mondal award scholarship winner

Jayanta Mondal, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Toshi Nikaidoh Service Award Recipients

Olivia Morris Nikaidoh scholarship winner

               Olivia Morris, School of Public Health               

Seena Ounsinegad Nikaidoh award winner

           Seena Ounsinegad, McGovern Medical School          

Shohrae Hajibashi Memorial Leadership Award Recipients

             John Biebighauser Hajibashi award winner

              John Biebighauser, McGovern Medical School        

            Sridharan Sreepradha Hajibashi award winner

                 Sreepradha SridharanGraduate School of Biomedical Sciences          

Student InterCouncil (SIC) Academic Achievement Award

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The SIC scholarship will be awarded to individuals who have stellar academics and academic achievements. Academics at UTHealth not only include ones performance and participation in the classroom, but also ones activity in mentoring and teaching others as well as research and the drive to learn new things.  The Scholarship Committee of the Student InterCouncil (SIC) will accept applications from eligible students from all six schools of UTHealth. Recipient(s) will be selected and will represent their school and this scholarship for one full academic year. The committee will support the academic goals of each student by providing a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 for the academic year in which they are chosen.

Shohrae Hajibashi Memorial Leadership Award

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Shohrae Hajibashi served on the Student InterCouncil from 2004 – 2011 in many roles, including President from 2007-2008. During her time at UTHealth, Shohrae worked towards her MD/PhD and dedicated much of her free time to student leadership. As a charismatic leader, she brought together and led a diverse group of students both at UTHealth and at the UT System Student Advisory Council, making difficult; decisions and fighting for the students that she so passionately represented. Her spirit, sunny outlook, and leadership brightened the campus and her laughter was infectious as she touched the lives of so many UTHealth students, faculty, and staff.  The Student InterCouncil honors Shohrae’s legacy with the Shohrae Hajibashi Memorial Leadership Award, which will be given each year to a UTHealth student involved in student leadership who demonstrates the passion, selflessness, compassion, and leadership capabilities Shohrae embodied during her time at UTHealth. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded in the academic year in which the recipient is selected.

Toshi Nikaidoh Service Award

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Hitoshi Christopher Nikaidoh, MD served as Student InterCouncil President from 2000-2001. As a medical student, Toshi embodied leadership and service, both within the University of Texas institution as well as the Houston community. He strived to bring better healthcare to the poor and disadvantaged, and a kindness for all humankind. As a 2003 graduate of The University of Texas Medical School Toshi was chosen by his classmates as the sole recipient of the Gold-Headed Cane Award for Humanism and Service.  The Student InterCouncil honors his memory by awarding an individual who demonstrates the qualities, passion, drive, selflessness and love for humanity with the Toshi Nikaidoh Service Award. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000.00 will be awarded in the academic year in which the recipient is selected.

Student InterCouncil
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Tanedra (Nedra) Booker
SIC Advisor and Associate Director 

Yuliana Nunez
SIC Advisor and Senior Program Manager 

The Student InterCouncil (SIC) will hold meetings each academic year through the months of August through May. The first meeting is held as the SIC Orientation to introduce new and returning members to the responsibilities and duties of the Student Inter Council.  If you have questions about the SIC meetings please contact the 2023-2024 SIC Vice President, Ms. Jordan Swan or send an email to

Meeting Location: For 2023-2024 the meeting location will be University Center Tower (UCT) room 1726.

Meeting Time:  Third Tuesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2021-2022 Meeting Dates/Minutes 2022-2023 Meeting Dates/Minutes
September 18, 2021 (Orientation) August 31, 2022 (Orientation)
September 27, 2021 September 19, 2022
October 18, 2021 October 17, 2022
November 15, 2021 November 14, 2022
December (no planned meeting) December (no planned meeting)
January 25, 2021 January 31, 2023
January 31, 2022 February 21, 2023
March 28, 2022 March 28, 2023
April 18, 2022 April 24, 2023
May 12, 2022 May (no planned meeting)

Student InterCouncil Mission Statement

The purpose of the SIC shall be to improve the quality of student life at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) by providing an opportunity for the voice of the student body to be expressed and for student-based solutions to be advanced in coordination with administrative policies.


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Welcome!  As Historian, my responsibilities include being Editor-in-Chief of the SIC student newsletter, Student Pulse. The Pulse is released quarterly to help develop awareness and communication among the students of all six UTHealth schools. In order to achieve this goal, the SIC needs students to send us news from your school or student organization.  Send us announcements about upcoming events, scholarship awards, fundraising opportunities, volunteering, etc. Together we can work toward a more unified UTHealth student community and support one another toward our common endeavors.

Please send your announcements and information to with a subject line of “Student Pulse Article”.


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The Student InterCouncil publishes Student Pulse from September through May at UTHealth Houston. The opinions expressed in Student Pulse do not necessarily represent the opinions of the UTHealth Houston administration and are not UTHealth Houston policy, unless specifically stated. The editors reserve the right to edit any material submitted for this publication.