Demographics: Male, Middle Eastern
Intended major: NEUROSCIENCE
SAT score: test got cancelled 5 times (obviously, because of Corona and some exam-material leakage problems), so applying test-optional
Note: I have been preparing for the SAT since August 2019, but each time I register for the test, it gets canceled due to test material being leaked. This made the College Board ban the SAT in my country until June 2021
Class rank: N/A (school do not offer it), but probably top 10%
Coursework: 5 honors courses & 2 regular courses
UW GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
Weighted GPA: N/A
- Founder of STEM Neuroscience Club:
Recruiting club members, creating social media posts about various neuroscience topics and orchestrating virtual events and workshops.
- YouTube Channel:
Researched emotional and neuro-scientific bases of various mental disorders, synthesized information, wrote scripts, and edited videos
- Head of Vega Biology Team: (the team was run and funded by a local university):
Led more than 70 members from different educational backgrounds (high school students and even Undergraduate students), organized online weekly study-groups, and recruited professors for developing curriculum and evaluating members’ final projects.
- Brain BEE Content Creator at the International Youth Neuroscience Association (IYNA) :
Develop (>110) practice questions for Brain Bee competitors on the local, national and international levels, translate questions to Arabic and French, and brainstormed and pictured questions into visual media posts.
- Co-founder and director of content writing at the Gazette Club:
Contribute to founding the first gazette club in the Country. Write articles that spots the school alumnus achievements and its daily news.
- Member of school’s Biology Group:
Hosted weekly sessions and orientations, served as a semester round leader, mentored and instructed concepts in Biology to freshmen.
- Intern at the Center Of Excellence in Molecular and Cellular Biology:
Conducted step-by-step independent project about GBM patients, attended lab meetings and lectures, collaborated with fellows and graduate students.
- Research paper author:
Worked under mentorship from a college professor. Wrote a review paper describing the potential neurologic manifestations of COVID-19 and relating them to the pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2 infection. I have submitted it to be presented at the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience
- Co-Founder of my villages ’ COVID-19 awareness Team:
Created and distributed posters about complications of COVID-19 to the local community. Raised $900 funds for weekly free spray and sanitizers. Reached medical labs to offer discounts.
- Tajweed and Holy Qur’an Teacher at my village educational centre:
Mentored a class of 30 kids, tutored Quran memorization/Hifz, basics of Quran reading & recitation with Tajweed.
Tulane Pre-college Program
- Top 10 national finalists at Brain Bee Competition (the Final stage was cancelled due to corona)
- Earned an Official College Credit course In neuroscience from Tulane University (GPA 4.0 out of 4.0)
- 9th place (national) and top 5% (global) on Avogadro Annual exam organized by Waterloo University.
- 6the place at YouthBrainSummit organized by IYNA (international Youth Neuroscience association)
- STEM Merit-Based Scholarship
I will be providing a couple of different materials that, I think, will help a lot since i am a neuroscience major:
1- A portfolio of some of the projects that i worked on (including my school capstone projects and other independent projects)
2- A PDF of Research Abstracts: I will include an abstract of a review paper I worked on, the paper was about the neurological complications of COVID-19 (i got a recommendation letter from my mentor on this paper), an abstract of a research paper I wrote as a part of the Tulane summer program I attended this summer, and an abstract of an article I wrote for the International Neuroethics Essay Contest. the article was selected to be presented at the IYNA journal.
Recommendation letters :
-Research paper mentor
Essays; wrote my PS about a super personal growth experience. it is kinda emotional.
Final Thought: I am still confused about choosing my EDII option, but I kinda liked the neuroscience in those schools. So, if you guys think that I have a stronger chance at any other school, please do not hesitate to tell me.