The Economics Department

Lizzy Tan wins Outstanding Student Award

Wed, April 25, 2018
Lizzy Tan wins Outstanding Student Award
Lizzy Tan

Lizzy Tan, a senior economics major, is known for her initiative, fortitude and love of the arts. She demonstrated her leadership abilities when she helped bring students together after the death of her friend Haruka Weiser in 2016. Her commitment to the campus community is why Texas Parents recognized her with a 2017-18 Outstanding Student Award.

Since 1951, this award has recognized two outstanding senior students (one male and one female) who demonstrate exceptional leadership, scholarship, character and service.

“I’ve learned that serving the community and shedding light on important dialogue can be reflected not only in my art, but also in my actions. On campus, I have seen firsthand how student expression provokes thought, discussion and empathy that enrich campus culture, and eventually, the world at large,” the dance and economics major said.

As outreach chair for the Creative 40 Acres, Tan helped grow the initiative into a well-known academic program. She serves her classmates as a Department of Theatre and Dance Peer Mentor, Dance Repertory Theatre production and rehearsal assistant, and performer, and Dance Action choreographer. She serves the campus as a Student Government representative on the President’s Student Advisory Committee. She’s also a member of the Friar Society, the university’s oldest honors society, and the Texas Exes’ Forty Acres Scholars Program.

“She is deeply involved at her campus not only because she loves all of it, but also because she genuinely wants to make a difference for her fellow students. Her drive to succeed and to do good is what sets her apart from the rest and makes her the consummate example of what an outstanding student should embody,” noted Michelle Harris, manager of Executive and Extended Education at the College of Fine Arts.

After graduation, Tan will pursue a master’s degree in local economic development at the London School of Economics. She will award her $1,000 to the Haruka Weiser Memorial Choreographic Fellowship.

This article originally appeared on the Division of Student Affair's tumblr page.

Article amended by Department of Economics.


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