Rawan is originally from Palestine, but when she was young her family moved to the Pembroke area. All of her siblings attended UNCP, and so she decided to attend as well.
In May of 2020 Rawan graduated with a BS in Biology. While attending UNCP Rawan was on the Chancellor’s list and the Honors list. She was a member of the Alpha Chi National Honors Society and received the Academic Enhancement scholarship, the Clinical Health Summer Internship Scholar award, the Tri-beta Biology Honors Society Scholar award, the Lumberton Rotary Club Scholarship, the Science Enrichment Program Scholar Award, the Provost’s Fellowship Award, and the Harry Hutchinson Gibson Scholarship.
Rawan was involved in the Muslim Students Association and the Health Careers Club (HCAP). She said that the most rewarding thing about the Honors College was that it introduced her to one of her best friends. She also mentioned that she liked the small class sizes and discussion-based classes, registering for classes early, and being a member of the Student Honors council. Rawan also held several positions in campus organizations such as Historian for the MSA (Muslim Student Association), Treasurer and stand-in for four years at HCAP, and representative and chair for the SHC (Student Honors Council). During her time here at UNCP she participated in the Science Enrichment Program at UNC Chapel Hill and the Clinical Health Summer Program at UNCP.
Rawan’s senior project’s focused on the effects of LCD on our eyesight. After graduation Rawan was accepted to the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University, and plans on opening a practice in an underserved area. The advice Rawan would like to give to students is, “Take time off when needed. It is important to take care of yourself!”
"The Effects of LCD and Blue Lights on Our Eyesight"
Mentor: Sivanadane Mandjiny