Engaged Scholar: Saba Nafees
The Center for Active Learning and Undergraduate Engagement (CALUE) is one of the most important entities at Texas Tech. This is because it stands for the advancement of undergraduate research, to make opportunities possible for undergraduate students to lead research and advance towards postgraduate studies.
One way in which this is done is by providing travel funding. This is critical because it is the only way for an undergraduate to explore and present work accomplished. CALUE also hosts the TTU Undergraduate Research Conference. This annual event brings together undergraduate researchers from every discipline and provides ample resources and networking opportunities for students at Texas Tech.
My current research is transitioning from macrocosmic wonders to the microcosm of genetics by studying the disease known as Cystic Fibrosis. This is a sub-project in my ongoing research in Mathematical Biology, exploring novel mathematical tools to study biological phenomena.I am currently an HHMI Scholar since May 2012, researching in Mathematical Biology with Dr. Sean Rice, TTU Biology. Currently, I am writing an Honors Thesis based on my research, and starting my Master's in Math Fall 2013 with a thesis focus as part of the Math BS/MS program!
For my advancement in research and for personally impacting my life and education, I am highly indebted to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Departments of Mathematics and Biology, Honors College, CALUE, and Texas Tech faculty for their catalytic support, encouragement and teachings.