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Newsha Nikzad, Sports Medicine 

NewshaNewsha Nikzad (Wiess '19) is a Kinesiology major concentrating in Sports Medicine. Since the beginning of her time at Rice, Newsha has been able to work with the athletics department, delve deeper into the world of research, and dedicate her free time to volunteering and sports.  

As a manager of the Rice Women's Basketball Team, Newsha has had the opportunity to participate within Rice athletics by performing managerial duties, assisting during practices and games, and continuously cheering on our team on the court.

Newsha is currently pursuing a research project in Sports Medicine at Rice, specifically with determining the effects of certain workout regimens on body metabolism. She hopes to expand her experiences by conducting research at MD Anderson Cancer Center in cancer pathophysiology in the summer.

To balance academics at Rice, Newsha is involved in extracurricular activities such as Women's Club Basketball and IM Basketball at Rice, and she enjoys regularly running in local races. Newsha also donates her time to volunteering in hospitals and clinics, and she will go on a medical outreach trip to Iran in Summer 2016.

Her community service spans beyond the field of medicine, as she went on an Alternative Spring Break trip in Spring 2016 that targeted human trafficking in Houston. Prior to the trip, Newsha spent months meeting with her site leaders and fellow team members to learn about human trafficking's technical aspects and develop the knowledge and resources to be an advocate for victims of the crime. Over Spring Break, she worked with community partners, such as United Against Human Trafficking and Love146, to raise awareness of trafficking in Houston and conduct service projects for victims. Newsha's eye-opening experience from the ASB made her even more passionate about addressing the issue, especially in Houston which is the largest hub of human trafficking in the United States, and she plans to bring back her knowledge to the Rice University campus. Alongside her fellow ASB group members, Newsha also hopes to start a club at Rice that focuses on anti-trafficking efforts.

Newsha's post-graduation plans involve attending medical school and regularly participating in outreach projects. She hopes to utilize her knowledge and experiences to help improve the lives of underserved and exploited individuals around the world.

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