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Thien Bui doesn’t have a lot of free time, but he wouldn’t have it any other way. This fall, Bui is entering his third semester as a UTA Student Government senator representing the College of Science. He says his favorite part of the job is working with others to affect positive changes for students. “I have always wanted to represent all of my fellow students to the best of my ability, regardless of differences in ideas, and make positive changes here in Maverick country,” he said. “I have fallen in love with my position and with Student Government, and the reason is that I have truly seen changes on campus that senators fought really hard for, such as expanding the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) program here at UTA.” Bui, a junior majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and business, has been active in campus life since arriving at UTA in the fall 2016 semester. He was a Freshman Leader on Campus (FLOC) and has also served in the Maverick Mentor program, which helps foster positive mentoring relationships for new students in their transition to college by matching them with a returning student who offers support and resources throughout their first year at UTA. This summer he has served as a camp leader for Maventure Camp, which is a fun way for new students to be introduced to UTA traditions and school spirit. Bui is also a member of the Honors College, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, the Medical Dental Preparatory Association, and the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). He plans to go to medical school after graduating in spring 2020. Bui says he has always had an interest in biology and how the body works, and he decided in high school that he wanted to go into the medical field. This summer he completed a five-week internship at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Bryan, where he took anatomy, physiology, and histology classes in a program that simulates medical school, including clinical rotations at hospitals of different specialties in Bryan, College Station, Temple, and Houston. “We even had a white coat ceremony,” he said. “The program also provided an MCAT prep course on the critical analysis and reasoning section. I truly gained a tremendous amount of knowledge in just six weeks, and I would recommend every incoming pre-med sophomore to apply for this program.” Although extracurricular activities place a lot of demands on his time, Bui has excelled academically. He’s been a regular fixture on the Dean’s List and has received the College of Science Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, the Lawrence E. Baker Memorial Scholarship, an Honors College Scholarship, an Outstanding Freshman Scholarship, as well as the Jeff Butler Award for Outstanding Student Congress Member. This fall he’d like to become involved in lab research. In addition to all that, Bui has his own photo and art business, Thien Bui Photography, which he started as a high school senior. His services include shooting weddings, portraits and special events, as well as artwork commissions. “Photography has not only been my job, but also my passion and my escape after all of the difficult studies of the week,” Bui says.
Birthplace: Dalat, Vietnam; he moved to the U.S. when he was 13.
Major: Biology; minors in Chemistry and Business
Current status: Junior
Favorite professor: Jimmy Rogers, associate professor of practice in chemistry and biochemistry. “Without a doubt, he is one of my all-time favorite professors. The man truly has a good heart and cares about his students, and he is passionate about teaching and chemistry. One day I came to his office disclosing that I was so distressed about my science classes and not sure if medical school was the right place for me. He said it was natural to be stressed, not just as a pre-med student, but as a college student. He said that I was young and I had time to explore and decide whatever field that my calling was in. He mentioned that he was in the same place as me in college, but he allowed himself to find his calling in chemistry and the teaching of it. Thereafter, I listened to his advice, tried out new things, and I soon realized my calling has always been in the medical field.”
Where he hopes to be in 5 years: “I hope to see myself completing my fourth year at a medical school in Texas and applying for residency.”
We invite you to become involved with the College of Science
Hello, I'm Dr. Ignacio Nunez, chair of the College of Science Advisory Council and a proud UTA alumnus (B.S. in Biology, 1975). I would love to help get you involved on campus again. I was a first-generation college student, and UTA made it possible for me to attend medical school and create a life vastly different than that of my parents. Did UTA change your life too? Let's work together to help the next generation of Mavericks. To learn more,please contact College of Science Director of Development Christie Eckler, LMSW, CFRE, at 817-272-1497 or
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