RAM Awards and Pinning Ceremony

Since its founding in 2013, Rice Alumni in Medicine (RAM) has celebrated students entering the health profession following their time at Rice. In 2016, the RAM Pinning Ceremony was established to formally recognize graduating pre-medical and pre-health students and celebrate their accomplishments. It is an occasion to welcome them as members of the Rice medical alumni community.

Giving each student the caduceus pin with the university logo symbolizes the welcoming of these students into a career of service and healing, for both individual patients and for populations at large. Our profession is a noble one that requires dedication, stamina, and compassion, traits that everyone listed here has demonstrated during their time at Rice.

This event is hosted annually on the Thursday prior to commencement. Since it is not possible to hold a public convocation for the class of 2020, RAM would like to present this website to the students, their families, and the university at large as our way of honoring our graduates and to instill in them the values of medicine that everyone in RAM holds dear.

To the Rice University Class of 2020 and other recently graduated students, we say welcome.

Remarks from Ishmeal Bradley, MD MPH, Martel ’03, President of RAM, 2019-2021

Keynote address by Dr. Ajay Sheshadri, MD MS, Jones ‘03

Student Scholarship Awards

Each year, Rice Alumni in Medicine (RAM) awards scholarships to two outstanding pre-med graduates to support them in their future studies. These students are recognized at the Pinning Ceremony in the spring for their excellence in leadership and research.

Award for Excellence in Medical Research
Given to a student who has performed outstanding medical research during their time at Rice.

  • 2020 Recipient: Mahesh Krishna

Award for Excellence in Leadership
Given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership during their time at Rice.

  • 2020 recipient: Asli Yilmaz

Students Matriculating in 2020

RAM would like to congratulate the following students from the Class of 2020 as they embark on the next step in their healthcare journey.

Matthew Anaya

Oluwafikayo “Fikayo” Olamigoke

Richard Appel

William “Will” Porter

Richard Bui

Sanika Rane

Breanna Chachere

Emma Reford

Haelee Chin

Bilal Rehman

Rasin Choudhury

Sofia Russo

Michelle Dai

Ruth Seleznick

Raj Dalal

Megan Shen

Augusto De las Casas

Astitva Soni

Saad Ehsan

Theresa Sonka

Nathaniel Forrester

Shweta Sridhar

Michael Foster

Troy “Q” Tabarestani

Karthik Goli

Jingzhao “Cher” Tang

Gabriella “Gabi” Gomez

Justin Tang

Megh Gore

Julie Thamby

Sara Ho

Raymond Tjhia

Mary “Ginger” Hooper

Hannah Todd

Farhan Kawsar

Jack Toups

Alexander “Alex” Li

Aseem Utrankar

Jorena Lim

Zachary “Zach” Verne

Max Liu

Jennifer Vu

Landon Mabe

Margaret Wang

Krishna Mahesh

Melinda Wang

Victoria “Vicky” Martell

Elizabeth Weeks

Jannie Matar

Anne Wells

Jacob Mattia

Jessica Weng

Shubhangi Mehra

Judy Xue

Jeel Mehta

Asli Yilmaz

Hannah Miller

Cesar Zapata

Maishara Muquith

Chenlin Huang

Rachel Ngo

Munachimso Uzodike

Yuanzun "Zane" Peng

Erik Wu

Tien Nguyen

Rohan Bhardwaj