Senior Thanh Do was awarded the Dorothy Anderson Fellowship from Alpha Lambda Delta. He will begin his graduate studies at UC Berkeley this fall.

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Senior Thanh Do Receives Honor Society Fellowship

Apr 9, 2012

Senior Thanh Do was awarded the Dorothy Anderson Fellowship from the national honor society Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD). The $5,000 scholarship is one of 23 fellowships awarded annual to members working towards a graduate degree.

Thanh has been involved in ALD since his freshman year and participated in chapter and community service events. "I had great experiences with ALD and I am glad that I made the decision to be a part of the organization," he says.

Thanh graduates this May with his bachelor's degree in civil engineering and will pursue a graduate degree in Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley. He plans to get both a master's and doctorate degree.

"I am interested in research and academia as my career paths," says Thanh. "At the moment, I am particularly interested in computational mechanics and earthquake engineering. In addition to research, I also want to become an educator."

He is also the recipient of the Academic Excellence in Civil Engineering award this year. In the past, he served as president of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society, as well as with Pacific's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and co-captained the Steel Bridge team to compete at the annual ASCE Student Conferences.  Additionally, Thanh has also been involved as a Student Advisor and served in positions with Phi Kappa Phi and Mortar Board.

Having been involved in so many aspects of campus life, Thanh wraps up the year with some suggestions for current students. "My advice would be to try your best to keep a balance in your life, as you might find yourself juggling between academics, research, extracurricular activities, and social life at some point at Pacific. Try out new things, be involved in student organizations, get to know your classmates and professors, and don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone since you will grow significantly from those challenges," Thanh says.

Founded in 1924, ALD is an honor society that recognizes students of high academic achievement. Students are who maintain a 3.5 or higher GPA and are in the top 20% of their class are invited to the society. ALD's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement... to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."