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Up and Coming Doctor

Even as a freshman at San Angelo’s Central High School, Jazmin Humphreys already had plans.
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    Jazmin Humphreys

By participating in various ASU programs both before and after she arrived on campus, her plans came to fruition when she graduated in May.

“My freshman year of high school, I was inducted into the Up and Coming Scholars program,” Humphreys said. “It’s a really good program through the ASU Multicultural Center and includes a four-year scholarship to attend ASU. I had also looked at the biology program and it seemed really good. Once I got here, I got the affirmation that it is an amazing program.”

“I’m a first-generation student,” she added. “I’m the first one in my immediate family to go to college and I’m the first one to graduate. So I’m excited about that.”

After taking her first semester at ASU to acclimate to college life, Humphreys turned into a joiner, linking up with the Student Government Association (SGA), the Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) national biology honor society, and the Honors Program. Through the Honors Program, she studied at Everglades National Park in Florida for the National Collegiate Honors Council’s (NCHC) Partners in the Park program, presented her microbiology research at Great Plains Honors Council and NCHC conferences, and served on the board of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce.

As a junior, she was a member of ASU’s Tri-Beta chapter that won the Lloyd M. Bertholf Award as the top chapter in the U.S. for a record eighth time. She followed that up by becoming Tri-Beta president as a senior and, in that role, won a 2014 Rammy Award from SGA as ASU’s Most Promising Female Leader. Under her leadership, the ASU chapter was named the top chapter in the Tri-Beta South Central Region for the 2013-14 academic year and also won a SGA Rammy Award and the E. James Hindman Award as ASU Student Organization of the Year.

“I think one of the most important aspects of going to college is to make connections with both the faculty and your classmates,” Humphreys said. “It is sometimes hard for me to make those types of connections, so Tri-Beta and the Honors Program really helped me connect with people in the Biology Department and across campus. They are two big reasons why I’m really glad I chose ASU.”

Humphreys has also been twice named a Wonderful Woman of ASU and was selected for Who’s Who Among Students at American Universities and Colleges. But perhaps the most important group she joined at ASU is the Joint Admission Medical Program (JAMP). Designed to help economically disadvantaged students go to medical school, JAMP provides scholarships, summer internships, med school preparation assistance and guaranteed admission to a Texas medical school upon graduation.

“The professors really take the time to get to know you and make you feel important and special. You are not just another number on campus.”

Jazmin Humphreys

“I talked to Dr. (Russell) Wilke, the head of ASU’s pre-health program, about it,” Humphreys said. “He encouraged me to apply, and I got in. It has been a really awesome experience.”

“That’s another thing that makes ASU great,” she added. “The professors really take the time to get to know you and make you feel important and special. You are not just another number on campus.”

As a result of all she has done at ASU, Humphreys switched campuses in July to attend the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center with tentative plans to become a neo-natal physician.

“I’ve always loved babies, and I want to have the chance to save them,” she said. “I’m really glad I chose ASU so I could have this wonderful opportunity.”

  • Tom Nurre

    Tom Nurre

    Tom Nurre is a news and information specialist at Angelo State University. 
    E-mail Tom at tom.nurre@angelo.edu.