Paul Monroe

I am majoring in electrical engineering with a minor in bioengineering, and I have had the great fortune to be able do research in a variety of fields through an REU at University of Notre Dame and my co-op with the NASA Glenn Research Center. I have studied abroad in Germany, played for four years with the University of Pittsburgh Varsity Marching Band, and worked with many organizations, both inside and outside of Pitt, to support an assortment of community service goals. I am one of many students who take advantage of Pitt’s willingness to give students the opportunities they crave.

The Honors College prides itself on being an open organization, where students can use its services as much or as little as they desire, and given the course of my undergraduate career, this flexibility has been a crucial factor in my continued participation. I lived in the honors housing community my freshman year, where I met similarly curious people who challenged me intellectually and who I remain friends with to this day. The summer between freshman and sophomore year, I received a small stipend through the UHC for a study abroad program. This past summer, I took advantage of the national scholarship advising options, applying for the Fulbright and Gates-Cambridge scholarships. As a byproduct of this service, I was able to clarify my career goals and frame my experiences and skills in a clear, succinct manner, a practice which thoroughly prepared me for graduate school and job applications. Most recently, I became an ambassador for the UHC, visiting various seminars to talk about my experience with the Honors College.