Hometown: Sherwood, Oregon
High School: Sherwood High School, Sherwood, OR
Major: Human Physiology
In high school, Hao was the founder and president of the Speech and Debate team and the ASB Treasurer. He was the Oregon Model United Nations State Vice President as well as varsity swim team captain and an accomplished pianist. As publicity director for a school pageant, he helped raise $40,000 for leukemia patients. Hao also coached a youth soccer team and was awarded the City of Sherwood Certificate of Achievement.
What is the UO doing well? I think the UO is doing well in the sense that it is really making an effort to boost its academic standing among its peer schools.
What are you most proud of accomplishing since you started at the UO? I don’t have a specific accomplishment that I’m super proud of, but I am proud of the fact that I’ve been able to engage myself within such a diverse and rewarding spread of extracurricular engagements that have all helped me become a better student and leader.
What are some things you've been doing outside the classroom since you've been at UO? I’m involved in a variety of extracurricular activities and student organizations including the ASUO (the student government), Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Student Health Advisory Committee, FSL Sexual Violence Prevention Leadership Board, and undergraduate research within the Human Physiology Department.
Describe your ASUO experience. As a freshman at the University of Oregon, I've served as the ASUO Senate's Freshman Representative, and I currently occupy Senate Seat 16 and serve as the Life Science senator until potentially May 2018.
Describe a mentor or professor that has positively affected your experience at UO. Professor Louise Bishop, who serves as my Honors College faculty advisor, is a fantastic human being who helped me transition into college and also taught an honors literature course that was absolutely incredible.
Describe a couple of your favorite classes you've taken at UO. My favorite classes of all time so far would have to be CH331, Organic Chemistry with Prof. Greg Williams and BI 212 with Prof. Mark Carrier. Both were challenging classes that were difficult but incredibly rewarding.
What are you hoping to do with your major, both while you work toward graduation and after? As an undergraduate majoring in Human Physiology, I plan on working toward my honors college thesis, which will probably pertain to the research focuses of my HPHY research lab (Prof. Chou’s Motion Analysis Lab). After I graduate, I plan on attending medical school.