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Student Club

University Honors and Leadership Program

Student involvement and community outreach are both fundamentally important parts of the university and the UHL experience. The UHL Student Club is an excellent opportunity for UHL students to immerse themselves in outreach to the program, the campus, and to the Denver community as a whole. It is this sort of participation which builds memories, skills, and friendships that last a lifetime.

The club’s main goals are to give back to the local community, as well as to reach out beyond this community in order to support larger social causes and to bring UHL students together in fun and productive ways. The focus of the club’s outreach efforts is determined by the club members and voted on by all UHL students. Every student in the program has a voice that will be listened to and equally considered. All major decisions, including what social causes the club will support, are made by majority vote. This ensures that everyone has the power to help determine the path of the club.

All UHL students are eligible to join the club, as well as run for officer positions. The positions are: president, vice-president, treasurer/fundraising chair, secretary, service chair, and social chair. There are also representatives for each cohort. Elections take place during the fall semester each year. Terms last for one full academic year (fall and spring semesters). Anyone who is interested in holding office is welcome to nominate themselves. Students are also encouraged to nominate others who they believe would be successful as a club officer.

Curious about the people involved in the club? Check out the profiles below!

 Jacob Altholz, President

Jacob is a sophomore and is planning to pursue Bioengineering. When he undertook the position as President, it was not with the idea that everything we do is perfect; there is always room for improvement. He wants to inspire a sense of community in the program where we all tend to get caught up with our own goals and aspirations. "We have such diversity in the UHL program, and this should be our strength and not our downfall," he says.​

 Natalie Kellet, Vice President

natalie headshot.jpgNatalie is a junior and is double majoring in Biology and History with minors in Leadership Studies and Physics. With these majors, she hopes to become a professor of European history while also researching medical history in her free time. Natalie loves working within the UHL community because everyone is very friendly and also equally driven as she is. She hopes ​that as the UHL Club Vice President sh​​e can bring the UHL cohorts closer together so that friendships can be made and retained no matter what classes students are taking. Natalie also hopes to get students more involved with social and volunteer events through the UHL program and club. 


 Cynthia Joseph, Senior Advisor

Cynthia is a senior.

 Vikasini Mahalingam, Treasurer

vikasini headshot.jpgAs a first-year student at CU Denver, Vikasini is keenly interested in too many things, and has therefore not declared her major. She has done research in Neuroscience, likes to paint, talk, and make good tea. She is hoping to attend medical school one day and has been involved with the UHL Student Club for one semester, and is excited by all that lies ahead in UHL and at CU Denver.


 Franklin Joseph, Secretary

Fra​nklin is a freshman​​5

 Sanju Garimella, Service Chair

Sanju student club.pngSanj​u is a first-year undergraduate student on the pre-med track at UCD. Currently, Sanju is planning on majoring in Public Health because of her interest in both pedriatrics and health disparities across the world. With a bachelors in Public Health and an MD, she plans on healing the youth in Colorado. She loves being in the UHL program because it provides an intellectually stimulating environment for each and every student. The UHL community not only pushes her to excel individually, but it allows her cohort to lock arms and achieve greatness together. As Service Chair, she hopes to continue to foster the community atmosphere in UHL by organizing combined cohort service events. Sanju hopes to continue the growth of the UHL community with more volunteer events and is looking forward to this upcoming year.


 Akshay Kumar, Social Chair

akshay.jpgAkshay Kumar is a freshman in UHL. He is on the pre-med track and is deciding on a major between Biology and Public Health. After Medical School, he hopes to serve his future community as a physician and healer and create lasting relationships with his patients. He feels privileged to be a part of the intellectually stimulating environment that is UHL, and joined the Student Club as a Social Chair to further his involvement with the program. He is looking forward to a fun and invigorating year at CU Denver.7

 Avneet Chauhan, Cohort Representative

avneet.jpgAvneet​ is a freshman majoring in Biology with a premed focus. She enjoys studying Spanish, spending time with her family in her free time, and hopes to go to medical school one day. She really loves the UHL program and all of her fellow UHL students across cohorts. She's really excited to be a part of the UHL Student Club and, as cohort representative, looks forward to a great year with the program.


 Omer Sarwana, Cohort Representative

Omer is a freshman at UCD. His hobbies include: being a distinguished UHL student, helping the needy, and working hard to ensure that every UHL student stays connected with students from other cohorts. In his free time, he enjoys updating students about activities that are happening within the student club.


University Honors and Leadership Program

Phone: 303-556-5297 • Fax: 303-556-6744

Street Address: 1047 Ninth Street Park • Mailing Address: Campus Box 199, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364


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