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Scholarship Opportunities

Congratulations to the 2023-2024 Student InterCouncil Scholarship Winners!

Academic Achievement Award

Swati Mohapatra
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Toshi Nikaidoh Service Award

Panayiotis (Panos) Kontoyiannis
McGovern Medical School

Shohrae Hajibashi Memorial Leadership Award

Syed Hussain
School of Public Health

Student InterCouncil (SIC) Academic Achievement Award

The SIC scholarship will be awarded to individuals who have stellar academics and academic achievements. Academics at UTHealth Houston 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 schools of UTHealth Houston. 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 a 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

Shohrae Hajibashi served on the Student InterCouncil from 2004 – 2011 in many roles, including President from 2007-2008. During her time at UTHealth Houston, 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 Houston 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 Houston 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

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.

2022-2023 Meeting Dates/Minutes 2023-2024 Meeting Dates/Minutes
August 31, 2022 (Orientation) August 19, 2023 (Orientation)
September 19, 2022 September 19, 2023
October 17, 2022 October 17, 2023
November 14, 2022 November 14, 2023
December (no planned meeting) December (no planned meeting)
January 23, 2023 January  2024
February 20, 2023 February 2024
March 27, 2023 March 2024
April 17, 2023 April 2024
May (no planned meeting) 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”.


Academic Year 2022-2023              Academic Year 2023-2024             
December 2022 Student Pulse December 2023 Student Pulse
Spring 2023 Student Pulse Spring 2024 Student Pulse


Academic Year 2022-2023                 Academic Year 2023-2024              
Salutation 2022 Salutation 2023
Wellness Week/Sports Day 2022 Sports Day 2023

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.