Hometown: Danbury, Connecticut
Major: Chemistry, Biochemistry option
WCSU Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry
Activities: Alpha Delta Pi all four years; Collegiate Health Service Corps all four years -- volunteered through CHSC at various places around Danbury, including the Hispanic Center, Stadley Rough Elementary School, Project Homeless Connect and CT Mission of Mercy; Chemistry Club; Western Connection mentor for students; computer center assistant in the labs; math tutor in the math clinic; part-time job at Norwalk Hospital as a medical scribe doing the online charting for ER physicians
INTERNSHIPS: Internship at Danbury Hospital shadowing a team of doctors. As I am aiming to go into medicine, this internship helped me gain an inside look into what my future would entail.
Honors and Awards: Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award, spring 2017; Dean’s List throughout entire time at WCSU, cumulative GPA of 3.95, Presidential Merit Scholarship recipient, Honors Program
You could say Madiha Khan's enrollment at Western Connecticut State University was part of a family tradition. "I decided to come to WestConn because all my siblings had gone here and enjoyed their experiences. I also wanted to stay close to home and so WestConn was a perfect choice for me."
Khan says she decided to major in Chemistry "because of my high school teacher, Mr. Chapman, who inspired me. He was so passionate about chemistry and made me really understand and appreciate it, which made my decision to major in chemistry pretty easy."
Khan found support within the halls of the Science Building. "My academic adviser, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry Dr. Anne Roberts, and my research adviser, Professor of Organic Chemistry Dr. Forest Robertson, have both been mentors for me throughout my time at Western. They have always provided guidance and advice whenever I needed it and have been there for me throughout my experiences here."
Asked what she will remember most about her Western experience, Khan says, "Receiving the Polyed Outstanding Achievement in Organic Chemistry Award from the Macricostas School of Arts & Sciences. As organic chemistry is such a tough subject, it was incredibly rewarding to have been recognized for doing so well in such a difficult subject."
Khan will take the MCATs this summer and then will apply to medical school. "During my gap year, I plan to participate in internships to gain experience," she says.
Khan's advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Get involved as much as you can, either by joining a club or other activity on campus. It truly makes your experience more valuable by being able to connect with many different people and immersing yourself into university life."