Applaud Texas Tech’s most recent Top-Tier Accomplishments

Here is a sample of Texas Tech University & Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center’s top-tier accomplishments:

Texas Tech University researcher Katharine Hayhoe, Department of Geosciences, is a member of the climate change-focused 2007 Nobel Prize-winning team.

TTU’s International Grand Chess Master Susan Polgar coordinates chess teachers, volunteers & assistants to schools, retirement/nursing homes & community centers: or’07.pdf

Medical faculty member Gabor B. Racz, MD, one of US’ top 10 pain specialists.

College of Architecture is one of six Architecture programs recognized by the National Council of Architectural Registrations board in 2006 for creative integration of practice & education.  Human, environmental, economic development & international public policy impacts of a high-performance research team.

School of Nursing among the top nursing schools in the US (US News & World Report, 2005 & 2006).

Law school alumnus Mark Lanier featured on front cover of American Lawyer as “America’s Next Great Trial Lawyer.”

Engineering’s 2006 $1+ million grant to integrate engineering into sixth- through 12th-grade curricula.

$400,000 five-year National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award for Nanoarrays:  Fabrication & Device Applications.

The 200-year-old Phi Beta Kappa Society’s ( granting TTU the right to shelter a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa  ( is additional validation of TTU’s academic strengths (only about 10 percent of US institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters; only three public higher education institutions in Texas have Phi Beta Kappa chapters).

Academically rigorous community engagement/service learning recognized by The Carnegie Foundation:

Most Goldwater Scholars of any Texas institution from 1994-2005.  Barry Goldwater Scholarships provide $7500 for a student’s junior or senior year.  There are 300 national winners annual from a competitive university-nominated pool of 1200 students.  Goldwater Scholars typically have a 4.0 Grade Point Average (out of 4.0), plus laboratory & field research.

School of Law regularly achieves the highest bar-exam pass rate in Texas.

Distinguished Engineer Frank A. Figueroa twice recognized by Hispanic Business as one of the 50 Most Important Hispanics in business & technology.

The only Texas institution to have received consecutive funding & the most dollars awarded from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since the Institute’s 1992 inception.  Texas Tech’s $6.3M puts Texas Tech 13th nationally, among research universities such as MIT, Purdue & UCLA.

Brent Dance, 2nd place in 2005 for the national patient-counseling competition — among representatives from all 92 of the US’ pharmacy schools.

US’ first-ever on-campus Collegiate Recovery Community Center for Study of Addiction & Recovery.  Participating recovery-students’ cumulative Grade Point Average is 3.34 (out of 4.0), higher than the overall GPA of Texas Tech University undergraduate students.

Faculty members Thomas Barker & Sam Dragga won both of the Jay R. Gould Awards from the Society for Technical Communication for Excellence in Teaching Technical Communication.

95th percentile of all US Ophthalmology Resident Education programs for Surgical Education.

Leigh Ann Mosier, 2005 winner of Health System Pharmacists Clinical Skills competitions among all pharmacy students & pharmacy residents in Texas.

Law School ranked 14th best Trial Advocacy program (out of 191 law schools in the US) & 23rd-best Legal Research & Writing program.

Surendra Varma, MD, 2005 president of the 400-member endocrinology section of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

National Excellence in Distance Education Award from the American Distance Education Consortium.

2005 Mission Accomplished Award from the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse.

A top business graduate school for physician-executives (Modern Physician, 2005).

In 2005, Rodney Priestley, (Chemical Engineering, 2003) invited by National Science Foundation Mathematical & Physical Sciences Directorate to participate in a meeting of Nobel Laureates from around the world.

Among the top 10 US universities’ public art collections & programs (Public Art Review, 2005).

Geosciences faculty member Calvin Barnes one of three geologists internationally elected in 2005 to the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences & Letters.

Among top three collegiate golf courses in America (Golf Week).

“Prasad” Chimalakonda, PharmD., Texas Tech:  one of three people in US to perfect rat-liver transplantation model — improving targeted, drug-delivery success of human-liver transplantation.

Four national debate championships in last five years.

Faculty member Kishor C. Mehta, PhD, elected to the National Academy of Engineering Civil Engingeering.

Two out of the US’ 31 Gates Cambridge Scholars in 2005.  International Gate Cambridge Scholars complete graduate studies in England at the University of Cambridge in order to address justice & equity issues around the world.

Michelle Pantoya, PhD, Mechanical Engineering faculty member, awarded US’ highest honor:  the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (from the US Department of Defense).

One of six healthcare organizations nationwide to operate a three-year demonstration project to help Medicare beneficiaries improve their quality of life while reducing their medical expenses & Medicare program costs.

Texas Tech University School of Law students were Texas’ two top scorers on six bar exams since 2003 — the most top scorers of any Texas Law School in that time period.

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center:  one of the US’ top five Family Practice programs.

Texas Tech University architecture students:  inaugural winners of the Historic American Engineering Record Founder’s Award, given by a division of the National Park Service.

Texas Tech University law students Joy Gibbs & Mandy Gundlach:  World’s Top Student Negotiators in 2005.

Engineering Dean Pamela Eibeck one of 17 people on Texas’ $200 million Emerging Technology Fund (encouraging innovation, research & job creation in emerging high-tech industries).

Texas Tech University President Jon Whitmore:  Life Member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre.

Texas Tech University alumna Kristin DeBusk one of two Texans to receive the competitive Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.  Fewer than 100 students nationally receive the scholarship.

14 Texas Tech University student or faculty Fulbright Fellows from 1998-2007 (traveling to & studying in Germany, Vietnam, Peru, Canada & Turkey).  Since 1946, 1000 US Fulbright Student Fellows have conducted research or lectured in 140+ countries.

One of three national finalists for the American Association of Medical Colleges Community Service Award.

Texas Tech University alumna Ginger Kerrick (Physics:  BS, 1991 & MS, 1993) among the nine new flight directors of the National Aeronautical & Space Administration in 2005.

Texas Tech University law professor Victoria Sutton is the US’ first general counsel for the new Research & Innovative Technology Administration, an office of the US Department of Transportation.

Nursing faculty member Christine Esperat one of 20 US nurses selected to be a three-year Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow.

Medical student Raul Ramirez first winner of the American Medical Association’s 2004-2005 national scholarship, based on academic excellence & community service.

TTUHSC School of Pharmacy ranked sixth among the US’ 101 pharmacy schools in the percentage of PhD-level faculty funded by the National Institutes of Health; 29th in NIH funding level @ $2.2+ million (NIH is part of the US Department of Health & Human Services, which is the primary federal agency for conducting & supporting medical research); 10th for non-NIH funding.

What are your favorite Texas Tech top-tier accomplishments?

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