KU junior majoring in behavioral neuroscience earns Newman Civic Fellow honor

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Abeer Iqbal, a junior at the University of Kansas, has been named the school’s 2022-23 Newman Civic Fellow, “an award that recognizes student leaders who demonstrated an investment in their community through service, research and advocacy,” according to KU.

Iqbal, from Des Moines, Iowa, is majoring in behavioral neuroscience with a minor in social justice in the U.S., according to KU’s Wednesday news release.


She plans to pursue a dual Doctor of Medicine and Master of Public Health Degree, which “would allow her to give back to her community by helping underrepresented communities of color have more satisfactory health outcomes and medical experiences,” according to the release.

The University Honors Scholar has led many campus organizations that advance social justice and health education on campus and beyond, including Phi Delta Epsilon Academic Pre-Medical Fraternity, as its academic chair. Iqbal has also volunteered with various organizations and participated in a research recruitment internship at the KU Medical Center, according to the release.

“Iqbal joins a cohort of over 200 students from across the country in a yearlong program that includes training, virtual learning opportunities and an annual fellow convening,” according to KU. “The opportunities available to the Newman Civic Fellows include attendance at the national Newman Civic Fellows conference, participation in regional and state gatherings of Newman Civic Fellows, engagement with a virtual event series focused on skill development and professional learning, and guidance from a local mentor.”

The Center for Service Learning will celebrate Iqbal, CSL Award recipients and graduates from the certificate in service learning program at its annual Service Showcase and Celebration at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, according to KU.

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