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Islam named 2022 Key into Public Service Scholar – UB Now: News and Views for UB Faculty and Staff

Samiha Islam, a rising junior majoring in health and human services and statistics, has been named a “Key into Public Service Scholar” by the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the world’s most prestigious academic honor society. country.

The award recognizes students who have demonstrated an interest in working in the public sector and who have a strong academic record in the arts, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences and social sciences.

Only 20 students are chosen from nearly 900 applicants attending Chapter institutions across the United States. Each scholar receives a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and attends a conference in late June to provide them with training, mentorship, and reflection on pathways to active citizenship. Inspired by many Phi Beta Kappa members who have shaped the course of the nation through local, state and federal service, the award highlights specific pathways for liberal arts and graduates seeking careers in the public sector.

“Samiha is fiercely intelligent and deeply committed to bringing about change in the world,” says Shelley Kimelberg, president of UB’s New York Phi Beta Kappa Omicron Chapter and director of the interdisciplinary social science degree program. “HeHer decision to complement her interdisciplinary major in health and human services with a second major in statistics demonstrates a keen awareness of how she could use her undergraduate years to prepare for a career in public service,” adds Kimelberg.

“The Society selected the 2022 Service Fellows for their intellectual curiosity; breadth and depth of liberal arts and science courses; positive contributions on and off campus through academic research, internships, and community service; and a demonstrated commitment to serving others,” says Frederick M. Lawrence, secretary of Phi Beta Kappa. “As the world grapples with simultaneous health, economic, democratic and climate crises, the society hopes its scholarship will encourage more of our nation’s top students to apply their pursuit of excellence in the arts and sciences to the service of the greater good.”

As a Diversity Advocate at UB’s Cross-Cultural and Diversity Center, Islam facilitates conversations on “tough topics” for students to address local and national social justice issues. After graduation, she plans to pursue further studies in public policy, social work or public health.

“Samiha is committed to serving others, and her efforts to promote diversity, social justice, empathy, and advocacy transcend racial, ethnic, class, religious, and geographic boundaries,” notes Kimelberg. “Samiha is a true role model, both to her peers at UB and to the community as a whole.”