Unconventional Students at Rice 2019: Maryam Elizondo does it all at Rice

Ever since Maryam Elizondo learned the Buckyball was discovered at Rice, it became her dream school.
“When I got here, I did the RESP program, which brings together a group of students that don’t come from traditionally competitive high schools, and it kickstarts them into the Rice experience,” Elizondo said. “That’s where I met some of my best friends, and that’s how I started my journey into Rice.”

Initially, Elizondo wanted to go to medical school, but after discovering her love for research, she has decided to pursue an M.D./Ph.D., a dual program where she will become a physician scientist. “I want to be able to treat patients but also engineer solutions for them specifically so that there doesn’t have to be a middle man between the doctor and the scientist doing all the research,” she said. “Doing research and being a doctor, I can’t see myself choosing, so I thought what the heck, I’ll do both!

From McAllen, Texas, a border town in South Texas, Elizondo said it was a struggle to get to Rice. “My family really wanted me to stay nearby, but I knew I wanted something more,” she said. “I wanted to be challenged. I wanted to go to the university that I had chosen because of the bioengineering department and because of all the great connections, like the largest medical center in the world next door and all the museums.”

About Brandon Martin

Greetings, I am a video producer at Rice University in the Office of Public Affairs. I became a Rice Owl in June 2011. Before that, I was at KPRC-TV in Houston as a special projects photojournalist for seven years, where I covered everything from hurricanes to sports. Southeast Texas has been my home my entire life. I am lucky to have a wonderful wife and two of the cutest girls I have ever seen. Go Owls!