Thank you so much for continuing to support our scholarship fund. I am continuing to work to build relations with the recipients of this year's Scholarship and will try to highlight each recipient throughout the year.
The University Club was able to provide three University of Iowa women with $2500 scholarships. Here is a little bit more about some of the experiences of one of our recipients so far at U of I and some of her aspirations:
Asel Nasr is a Coralville Native and is majoring in Global Health and is on the pre-med track. She plans to attend graduate school at the College of Public Health to earn her MPH, with the goal of applying to medical school. Asel has been an honors member since spring semester.
Being one of the first members of my family to pursue a degree at an American University, a lot of things about college were unfoundedly foreign to me. I found myself overwhelmed trying to figure things out. However, I was not alone on my journey thanks to my amazing academic advisors and professors. I was excited to see all the things the University of Iowa had to offer. The honors program not only encouraged me to excel academically, but it has helped me pursue my never-ending interest in serving my community.
I am the fundraising coordinator for Quench. I am also on the anti-racism committee for the Council on the status of women, and I am serving for RISE- AmeriCorps as an ESL director, and the presidential charter committee. I also get hands on, valuable health care experience as a psychiatric nursing assistant at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics.
Summer semester, I started working with Dr. Catie Cherwin from the College of Nursing as a research assistant. Previously, I was quite intimidated by the idea of research before taking on this position. However, this position has given me many opportunities, such as becoming an Iowa bioscience academy (IBA) scholar. Prior to working in the lab, I had no experience in Gastrointestinal microbiome research. But with the guidance of Dr. Cherwin and PhD student Jemmie Hoang, I became comfortable and now I even started presenting about our research to my IBA journal club. My duties include recruiting participants, walking them through the research project and the role they play, as well as answering any questions they have.
During recruitment I obtain consent from the participant and collect various samples while they fill out a demographics and symptoms questionnaire. I then enter all the data into our research database (Redcap). And with the samples, I go to the lab and process them for our collection of specimens. This experience has been an eye opening one. It has helped teach me leadership and communication skills because I have also been given the task to train some of our new research assistants as well which has been extremely exciting. Becoming a research assistant not only gave me insight about the work that research entails, but it gave me the passion to pursue research in my future endeavors and hopefully to pursue a dual MD/PhD degree.
Many of you have already made generous donations to The University Club scholarship fund from the Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA. I won’t pretend to be a financial advisor but it is my understanding that in 2021, there is no longer an RMD waiver, and the age has changed to 72. Your donations to The University Club Scholarship Fund are always deductible expenses because you write the checks to the UI Center for Advancement. Please do contact your financial advisor if you are considering this form of donation. If your check is sent directly to the Center for Advancement, and this is the preferable route, due to privacy rules, the foundation will not notify me of your generosity. In order to add your donation to our total for the year, to receive coupons for a free luncheon, recognition in the Clarion and the Honor Roll in the Yearbook, you, the donor, will need to notify the Finance Chair, Monica Hayes at the address on the donation coupon in this Clarion. Thank you!
Finance Chair 2021-2022
The University Club