Hamzah Shaikh is an Honors College student studying Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Political Science. Hamzah’s interest in policy and public service increased after serving as a Student Representative to the Holmdel Board of Education, where he saw the transformative nature politics can have on people’s lives. Hamzah was also inspired to pursue politics as a New Jersey Governor’s STEM scholar. Through this program, Hamzah met with scientists throughout the state and learned the important role they play in shaping public policy. In the future, Hamzah is interested in pursuing a career in both medicine and healthcare policy. Hamzah is also interested in furthering medicine through research. In the past he was a Waksman Student Scholar and Emperor Science Award recipient. At Rutgers, Hamzah has received the Aresty Fellowship for his research at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, where he studied the combinational therapy of mutant p53 reactivators and CDK inhibitors on cancer cell growth and viability. He is an Axelrod Clinical Research Scholar at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician at the Holmdel First Aid Squad. Hamzah also serves as a Resident Assistant and is a volunteer tutor at the Rutgers Learning Center. In his free time, Hamzah loves to be outdoors, especially cycling between campuses or running at local parks and trails.