Pearland grad chosen for engineering summer program

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Elyse He’Bert, a college student from Pearland and a junior chemical engineering student at Prairie View A&M University, was selected to participate in Northwestern University’s Summer Research Opportunities Program.

She began the challenging seven-week program on the Chicago campus on June 27.

He’Bert, 19, has been matched with a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Northwestern. She is working on research projects dealing with civil engineering as it relates to sustainability as well as biomedical applications.

“During this summer program, I want to further shape myself as a student and scholar. Already, I’m being challenged to work on independent projects here, which takes discipline and focus,” she said.

To be chosen was an honor. “One thousand students applied to get into this summer program, and I am one of only 40 to be accepted,” He’Bert said.

Her educational goals are to graduate and then attend grad school.

“Chemical engineering is a broad field, and I’m passionate about the environment and clean energy sources,” she said.

He’Bert’s mother is an economics teacher at Dobie High School. Her father is an administrator at San Jacinto College South.

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