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Hana AliMeet HANA

MajorMicrobiology and Biology (pre-med)

Campus involvement: Minority Association of Pre-Medical StudentsFreshman Leaders on Campus; Muslim Student Association; Supplemental InstructionHonors CollegeTerry Scholar; The Shorthorn staff; Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Summer Research AcademyUndergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

Fun fact: Is an avid runner

When I was deciding what university to come to for my undergraduate work, UTA really appealed to me because it’s a really research-driven institution. I knew I wanted to get involved in research and I was able to do that during my freshman year. My research professor and faculty mentor, Dr. Joseph Boll, was very welcoming. He allowed me to join his lab as a freshman and I’ve been in his lab ever since. I’ve learned so much being able to participate in research, and conducting research projects has been a really transformative experience.

Additionally, I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from the Terry Foundation, and having the opportunity to be a Terry Scholar was another thing that led me here. I knew UTA from members of my family and a lot of my friends going here already, so I knew it was an institution that was very welcoming.

A lot of people I know have had amazing experiences at UTA, so I knew I was going to feel welcome hereIt’s been so great, just the fact that UTA is so diverse and the faculty, staff and students are all so welcoming and kind. I’ve never had one negative experience on campus and I’m really thankful for my experience at UTA.

As a pre-medical student, I knew I was going to major in the sciences because that’s what I was interested in. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to focus on at first, but as soon as I took my first microbiology class and started doing research in that area, I knew I wanted to major in both microbiology and biology.

My experience in the Department of Biology has been great. The faculty are so supportive and I’ve learned so much over the course of my career at UTA. There are so many great services and programs, like supplemental instruction, tutoring, and lots of opportunities for you to grow. If you are struggling or going through something difficult, there are always people here to help you.

Additionally, UTA has a great community in terms of student organizations. There are so many on campus, and if you’re interested in something, there’s probably a student organization for it. I’ve become part of a huge community just through being in student organizations.

Specifically, I’m in the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students and have been involved with it for my entire undergraduate career. I’ve been able to gain so many different skills, like leadership and team management, because I’ve been in so many different officer positions and have taken on increased responsibility as I’ve grown olderAdditionally, within student organizations we are able to make a bigger difference on our UTA campus and beyond by giving back to our community together.

Overall, I think just making lifelong friends has been such an important part of my time here at UTA.I am very thankful to have made friends here who I’m going to be friends with my whole life.