University Medalists

May 25, 2000 Mona H. Siddiqui — The first recipient of the University Medal, she majored in both physiology/neurobiology and philosophy. Siddiqui volunteered at Shady Grove Nursing Home and Longview Elementary School and researched at the National Institutes of Health. She also assisted in a maternity ward in a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, and was a member of the University Honor Council. After graduation, she began medical school at Johns Hopkins University.
May 24, 2001 Margaret E. Sheer — A double major in Spanish language and literature and environmental science and policy, she was a founding member of Collegium Musicum and an actor at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. As a professional, Sheer hoped to address environmental problems across borders and began graduate studies in law and public policy at the University of Texas after graduation.
May 23, 2002 Anoma Nellore — A double major in biochemistry and government and politics, she was a Banneker-Key Scholar, a member of University Senate and the Student Honor Council, and led a Gemstone Program AIDS in Africa Group. Nellore also interned at the Merton/Sutton/Wansworth Health Authority in London, England. She started medical school at the University of Pennsylvania following graduation.
May 22, 2003 Allison Bigelow — A double major in English language and literature and Spanish language and literature, she was a Deanís Senior Scholar and a Phi Beta Kappa member of the University Honors Program, who volunteered for Beyond These Walls, a non-profit teaching and reading program for non-English speakers. Bigelow planned to teach English in Chile after graduation.
May 20, 2004 Justin Ma — A double major in mathematics and computer science, Ma was also a concert pianist. He served as a volunteer teacher for the Chinese Language Schools and founded a club at the university for the Chinese martial art called Wushu. Ma planned to work as a computer security expert.
May 21, 2005 Melissa Boteach — A double major in government and politics and Spanish, she was a Deanís Senior Scholar, a Harry S. Truman scholarship winner, and founder of the Fair Trade Advocacy Club at Maryland. Boteach attended University College Dublin on a Mitchell Fellowship after graduation, studying international development, and hoped to work for a non-govermental organization.
May 21, 2006 Jessica Sheer — A government and politics major, she was an Honors tutor in Spanish, Italian, English, and economics and a peer advisor. Off-campus, Sheer worked for a non-profit organization concerned with water quality and interned for a state delegate. She attended Georgetown Law School on a Dean's Scholarship after graduation.
May 20, 2007 Patrick Hughes — A double major in government and politics and history, he was a member of the Honors Program and the Gemstone PEACE (Peace Education Aimed at Children Everywhere) Team. Hughes also served as a student member of the University Senate. He planned to attend Georgetown Law School following graduation, with hopes of a career in academia or politics.
May 22, 2008 Peter DeMuth — A double major in chemical/biomolecular engineering and biochemistry, he worked as a student researcher on interdisciplinary projects related to nanoparticles used to combat cancerous cells. DeMuth has been published in major journals and applied for two patents relating to his student research. After graduation, he enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
May 21, 2009 Phillip M. Hannam — A mechanical engineering major and member of the Gemstone Honors Program, he co-founded a student group supporting clean energy, served on the university's Climate Action Plan Work Group, and traveled to several countries through Engineers Without Borders. Hannam was a national Truman Scholar and hoped to work for the United Nations' environmental programs division.
May 20, 2010 Sarah Peitzmeier — A double major in cell biology and molecular genetics and music performance, she was a Banneker-Key Scholar and earned a Barry Goldwater Scholarship based on her student research on immunology. Peitzmeier was also a classical pianist, a volunteer for a sexual assault hotline, and completed a culinary program in French pastry. She planned to begin Johns Hopkins' global disease epidemiology program after graduation.
May 19, 2011 Dylan Rebois — A mechanical engineering major, he was a national Truman Scholar and teaching assistant involved in Engineers Without Borders, where he worked on projects in Burkina Faso and Bahrain. Rebois was a member of the Student Sustainability Committee and researched renewable energy at the Brookings Institute. Recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, he attended Imperial College, London to study sustainable energy.
May 20, 2012 Jenny Wang — A double major in physiology/neurobiology and English language and literature, minor in creative writing, she was an Honors College student and Banneker-Key Scholar. Wang started an undergraduate research journal, volunteered in a local emergency room, and worked at the Functional Genomics Laboratory. After graduation, she planned to travel to China and apply to medical school.
May 19, 2013 Raishay Lin — A English language and literature major, she was a Dean's Senior Scholar, Honors College student, and member of the Gemstone program. Lin also volunteered for the Counseling Center's ESOL program. She attended Harvard Law School following graduation.