AES Scholar Profiles

AES recipients represent a diverse and successful group of students at UT Dallas. Receiving an AES award often provides students greater flexibility to engage in academically and personally enriching activities on and off campus. Scholars receive regular updates regarding opportunities across campus and they are strongly encouraged to take advantage of programming, serve in student leadership capacities, and give back to the community through service. The scholars below reflect the success and level of engagement that is expected of our AES recipients.

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Lillian Raemsch, Class of 2016

Hometown: Bastrop, Texas
Major: Arts and Technology

“The AES program partnered me with a mentor in the ATEC program who helped me navigate what turned out to be a tumultuous first year at college. I am now about to graduate with a major in ATEC and a minor in Arts and Performance, from a school and a community I have grown to love, completely debt free and prepared to move on to the next challenges life has to offer.”
— Lillian Raemsch

Benefits of AES: The AES scholarship was originally what brought me to UT Dallas, which ended up being one of the most important decisions of my life. I came to college with no idea of what I was going to study and specialize in. I ended up checking out the UTD ATEC program and soon found my place and passion there. Not only was I surrounded by a sizable group of like-minded, tech savvy, and artistic people who helped me learn and grow both towards a career and as a person in my four years at UT Dallas, but the AES program partnered me with a mentor in the ATEC program who helped me navigate what turned out to be a tumultuous first year at college. I am now about to graduate with a major in ATEC and a minor in Arts and Performance, from a school and a community I have grown to love, completely debt free and prepared to move on to the next challenges life has to offer.

Internships and Employment: Employee of UT Dallas Theatre, Orientation Leader

Memberships: Longboard Club, Animation Guild, SGDA

Why would I recommend UT Dallas?UT Dallas seems to be invested in the lives of their students, making resources available and educating about basic student services like the health and wellness centers, the multicultural center, the office of student volunteerism, and many more. All of these offices put on regular events to educate students, but then there are the other organizations like SUAAB, Meteor Theatre, and Radio UTD, among others, who put on events purely for the enjoyment of the students. We have a diverse cultural life on campus, plenty of opportunities to joining intramural sports, media, and clubs for any range of interests, and a courteous faculty and student body that seems to allow both the freedom and the opportunities to grow and try out new things. On the academic side we have a great range of courses taught by great professors, (I at least have had very few negative experiences), and no department is cut off from any student of another major. Our career center (and many clubs) can help students look for careers in their lines of work, as well as point students toward opportunities to grow their skills. UT Dallas really does seem to function with the student body in mind and I have seen nothing but a wide range of opportunities in my time there.

Long-term Goals:Animator


Evan Bendiksen, Class of 2019

Hometown: College Station, Texas
Major: Computer Engineering

“Not stressing about tuition being paid each semester allows me to focus on balancing my heavy course load with my active social life. In addition, the academic requirements for AES push me to do my best in order to maintain my scholarship.”
— Evan Bendiksen

Benefits of AES: The fact that I received an AES scholarship has allowed me to focus more on my life here at UT Dallas. Not stressing about tuition being paid each semester allows me to focus on balancing my heavy course load with my active social life. In addition, the academic requirements for AES push me to do my best in order to maintain my scholarship.

Memberships: UT Dallas Wind Ensemble, UT Dallas Comet Symphony, UT Dallas Christians on Campus

Awards: National AP Scholar, CompTIA Network+ certification, OSHA certification

Why would I recommend UT Dallas?: UT Dallas has one motto that it always lives by: change. UT Dallas has a wonderful variety of students, opportunities, faculty, and more that allow every comet to have a great experience. UT Dallas loves people who are different, and by coming here, you can make your own mark as a comet by changing UTD for the better.

Long-term Goals: High school teacher for information technology


Brendan Schmidt, Class of 2018

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Major: Biology

“The AES program pushes its students to involve themselves on campus, whether through research, community memberships, or other means. It provides a means for me to connect with other talented individuals at UT Dallas.”
— Brendan Schmidt

Benefits of AES: The AES program pushes its students to involve themselves on campus, whether through research, community memberships, or other means. It provides a means for me to connect with other talented individuals at UT Dallas.

Internships: Green Fellowship

Memberships: Biological Sciences Association - Vice President, Red Cross Volunteer, The Exley Leadership Committee - Abstract Referee

Awards: Green Fellow

Undergraduate Research: Undergraduate research assistant in the Palmer Microbiology Lab and co-author of a work published in PLoS ONE. Researched in Yan Immunobiology Lab during Green Fellowship

Why would I recommend UT Dallas?: UT Dallas is a niche school and, honestly, would not be a perfect home for everybody. With this in mind, I feel that I could not have made a better choice for a university. I happen to fit in well socially and have made many friends during my time at the school. UT Dallas offers to me unique opportunities that I would never see anywhere else - a large faculty of research professors that want to fill their labs with undergraduates, undergraduate research grants, a vast array of student organizations, and programs such as Clark Scholars and Green Fellows - and for that, alone, I feel this school is a phenomenal choice for me.

Long-term Goals: Researching Physician