Name: Noor ShakfehNoor
Undergraduate School: The University of South Florida
Undergraduate Major: B.S. Microbiology/ B.A. Economics
MS Program/Concentration: Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy
Hometown and/or Current City: Washington DC

Why did you apply to Georgetown University?
Georgetown University is one of the best institutions to learn about policy and I wanted to learn to understand and apply policy to my future career goals in public health.

As a DMV Hoyas Biomedical Academic Scholarship recipient, you were selected because your application to Georgetown “demonstrated a commitment to biomedical research and graduate studies at the Masters’ level.” What do you hope to accomplish here at Georgetown and/or what is your interest in biomedical research or graduate studies?
While pursing my bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and my Master of Health Science in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, I noticed that science is often misunderstood and left out of major policy programs and protocol developments. My experience inspired me to apply to the Biomedical Science Policy and Advocacy program in order to better further science through increased scientific communication, collaboration, and exposure to political officials and the general public.

What is something interesting or unique about you that very few people know?
I enjoy making traditional Syrian desserts.