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Noor Dahshan '20
Senior biology major Noor Dahshan has built quite the resume during her undergraduate career at WVU.
Along with being a Bucklew and Diversity Scholar, Dahshan is a diversity committee executive, Student Government Association senator, Presidential Student Ambassador and former president of the Muslim Student Association.
“Pursuing a biology degree while still being able to tap into my other interests has allowed me to build an incredible college experience,” she said. “I love that WVU has so many opportunities that allow me to reach for the stars and beyond without having to leave my state.”
A native of Charleston, W.Va., Dahshan was drawn to WVU because of its commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion and student well-being. She said the University has given her access to a multitude of opportunities to get involved without having to leave campus.
“There is something for everyone here. If research is your niche, you can apply to competitive paid research program such as SURE. You can spend a semester or year abroad, or work with ASPIRE to apply to one of the 20 nationally competitive scholarships that over 180 WVU students have won. Even staying right here you can immerse yourself in a new environment by joining or attending events by student organizations such as the African Student Association, Culturas WVU and Arabic Studies Club.”
As a senator in WVU’s Student Government Association, Dahshan helped establish WVU Voices, an initiative designed to showcase different cultures on WVU’s campus. As a member of the Presidential Student Ambassador’s Speakers Bureau, she spoke on panels in orientation classes to help undecided freshmen choose their majors.
She also served as the president of the Muslim Student Association for two years where she worked to promote Muslim identity on campus.
“My experience here at WVU as an Egyptian American Muslim is unique and I love being able to share that with others,” Dahshan said. “As WVU students, we all bring different and integral spices to the dish.”
Dahshan said being a Bucklew and Diversity Scholar has allowed her to reach her full potential while at WVU.
“I am extremely thankful for having a financial burden lifted off my shoulders as that has allowed me to comfortably pave my path and find my passion without that added stress,” Dahshan said. “Recognizing how important these scholarships have been for me, I am beyond motivated to one day give back and help others receive a meaningful education as I did and make a beautiful mark on the world.”
Dahshan has applied to medical school and hopes to one day become a pediatrician.