Meet 2016 Shell Scholarship Recipient Adnan Karim!

Adnan Karim

Chemical engineering senior Adnan Karim is one of two 2016-2017 40th Anniversary PROMES/Shell Engineering Retirees Scholarship awardees. He has been active in UH’s Program for Mastery in Engineering Studies (PROMES) since his freshman year at the Cullen College and has served as a Teaching Assistant for various introductory-level chemical engineering courses. PROMES has been an integral part of Adnan’s UH education, providing him with guidance and consistent support through peer mentorship and hands-on advising. 

The scholarship of $5,000 will help Adnan pay for tuition and academic materials, such as textbooks and living expenses.

Learn more about Adnan’s Cullen College experience below!

Q: Why did you decide to major in chemical engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering?

A: I really like doing creative and challenging things, so I wanted to pick a major that was hard and also stimulating. I attended a couple of AIChE meetings because my PROMES advisors thought chemical engineering would be a good idea for me and, based on that, I thought chemical engineering would provide the best environment for me.

Q: What has been most rewarding about your UH experience?

A: The most rewarding thing is seeing how far I’ve come since my freshman year. The other day I was looking at my degree plan and I remember how hard each class was when I was taking it, but now I have them crossed off and I’m that much closer to being a chemical engineer.

Q: What impact has PROMES had on your college experience?

A: I joined PROMES in the spring of my first year in college and I think it was the best decision I’ve made so far at UH. Sometimes you can get lost in the shuffle at a big university, but PROMES has provided me with personalized attention and a support system. I was introduced to seniors when I was a freshman and sophomore who showed me the way and provided guidance. Now, as an upperclassman, I am a Teaching Assistant for PROMES classes and I try to provide guidance to younger students. There is a lot of focus on creating a cycle of giving back and helping each other. 

Q: How has receiving this scholarship helped you achieve your academic goals?

A: The scholarship has taken a huge financial burden off of my family’s shoulders. My mom is a teacher and my dad is a heart transplant patient, so this scholarship is really important in helping us afford college. It has also helped me lighten my course load so I can focus more on each class.