The Top Ten Seniors Awards are presented annually by the UTEP Alumni Association to UTEP’s most promising future alumni.  Graduating or recently-graduated seniors are evaluated on a combination of academic achievement, involvement, leadership, and service both in the community and on-campus, as well as the impression they have made on others during their time at UTEP.  This award reflects the true spirit of what it means to be both an outstanding student and a proud Miner.
[The 2017 Top Ten Seniors application process is now closed.]

Top Ten Seniors 2016

Keighton Allen

Major: Economics
Future plans: Master's degree in economics at UTEP

From the office to the soccer field, Keighton Allen has worked in a wide variety of fields. As a goalkeeper for the UTEP women’s soccer team, Allen knows all about teamwork and leadership. She applied these skills as an intern at Top Notch Personnel Staffing. Allen believes in “always leaving a place better than you find it,” andhas a mission to do this for the place she now calls home – El Paso.


Oscar Casanova

Major: Finance
Future plans: Analyst at Goldman Sachs

"All in all, UTEP has given me access to excellence,” said Oscar Casanova on how UTEP has opened the doors to a successful career. Casanova has completed several internships with prestigious finance companies, such as J.P. Morgan. Working for UTEP at the Career Center and Residence Life also has expanded his skill set. Casanova has many honors and hours of volunteer experience that have carved the path for his biggest professional accomplishment: landing a full-time analyst role at the banking firm, Goldman Sachs, beginning in July of 2016.


Roya Edalatpour

Major: Electrical Engineering 
Future plans: Medical school at Boston University

Roya Edalatpour partook in internships with companies including Exxon Mobil and General Electric Aviation throughout the summers of her undergraduate career. Applying the knowledge she learned in the classroom to the professional setting took her to the White House Tech Inclusion Summit, where she discussed underrepresented youth in the technology sector. She is currently taking classes at Boston University for a year in residence to prepare herself for a graduate career in the medical field 


Paulina Almada Felix

Major: Mechanical Engineering
Future plans: Career as mechanical engineer

An active member of several engineering organizations, Paulina Felix has been a dedicated leader throughout her undergraduate career. Volunteering for Project MOVE and the Baja SAE Competition through UTEP, Felix has accumulated several hours of volunteer work and community service. The aspiring mechanical engineer plans to “use her knowledge to contribute to the creation of new, more efficient products that will positively impact today’s society.”  

Rodrigo Lugo

Major: Biology
Future plans: Work with a mental health advocacy organization while considering medical or law school

"I have been so fortunate to be involved in extracurricular activities at UTEP,” Rodrigo Lugo said. “They have impacted me in such a way that changed not only who I am, but they have shaped the person I will become.” Lugo has been involved with activities at UTEP and in the surrounding community, including the Student Government Association, Project MOVE and pre-veterinary programs. Lugo will take the skills learned at UTEP with him as he pursues his future career.


David Morris

Major: Microbiology
Future plans: Army Reserves and medical school at Texas Tech's Paul L. Foster School of Medicine

Serving in the UTEP  ROTC gave David Morris the opportunity to develop his character and become a leader. “After nearly four years of physical training, leadership classes, field training exercises and tactical labs, I am proud to say that I will be commissioning as an officer in the U.S. Army,” Morris said, crediting UTEP with his success. Morris also worked as a Chemistry Peer Leader for the University, guiding students through their chemistry courses. 


Monique Navarro

Major: Multidisciplinary Studies
Future plans: Career in family law

Volunteering throughout the community and being active on campus, Monique Navarro is no stranger to hard work. Recognizing the vast opportunities that UTEP provided to her, Navarro has involved herself in various workshops and meetings with some of the most influential people in the community. “I have found that with the support of UTEP, my education has reflected those values which I hold so dear, while my major in multidisciplinary studies has allowed me an expansion in thought I never imagined possible,” Navarro said.


Alexis Ramos

Major: Biology
Future plans: Earning an M.D./Ph.D.

Working as an undergraduate research assistant as well as shadowing doctors throughout her undergraduate career have allowed Alexis Ramos, a biology major with a biomedical concentration, to come closer to reaching her goal of becoming a medical doctor. Ramos has an endless list of volunteer work that spans activities on campus, such as the University Honors Program, to civic activities such as coaching for the El Paso Little Blazers football team. “I will strive to be the best I can be in academics, the community and with others,” she said


Troy Rowden

Majors: English and American Literature, and Philosophy
Future plans: Graduate School

"UTEP has uniquely made me aware of how important it is to seize each and every single day, hour, minute and word,” said Troy Rowden, former president of Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He spent his undergraduate years participating in countless hours of volunteer work along with teaching children philosophy as an instructor for the Philosophy for Children Program. This, along with working at the University Writing Center, has prepared Rowden for excellence. 


Ileana Rubio

Major: Industrial Engineering 
Future plans: Master's degree in systems engineering

"The many doors that UTEP has opened for me throughout my years as an undergraduate have allowed me to expand my knowledge in various subjects,” Ileana Rubio said. After her first year at UTEP, Rubio decided to become more involved in the University and take advantage of the opportunities that were available to her. Interning at Lockheed Martin and leading the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society as president only scratch the surface of the activities and organizations in which she has participated.

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