Shireen Hamza is an English and cell biology/neuroscience double major, and, when pressed, admits to being one of those "pre-meds". She was awarded an Academic Excellence Award for 2013, and had the privilege of working as an Aresty Research Assistant with Dr. Paul Lehrer on a biofeedback study for asthma at UMDNJ. She is the Managing Editor for the Rutgers pre-health journal, "The Examiner" (check us out on facebook). She debated throughout her first year of college with the Rutgers University Parliamentary Debate Union, and competed on the Rutgers slam poetry team, Verbal Mayhem, her second year. She is and hopes to continue as an active member of the spoken word and performing arts community at Rutgers. She also volunteers weekly in EMS with the North Brunswick Rescue Squad and tutors Arabic. In the summer of 2013, she will be volunteering with Project LEAP to teach English in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. In the long term, she hopes to holistically and ethically practice medicine internationally and/or work in medical research. In the spring,Shireen will be working on Islamic liberation theology and the role of faith in the work of Muslim women activists in the South African struggle against apartheid with Professor Edward Ramsamy, of the Africana Studies Department.