Saavaiz Durrani (SJA Class of 2014)
Notre Dame Academy junior Saavaiz Durrani was awarded first place in the 10th Annual STARZ Program on the University of Toledo’s Health Science campus. She was one of 41 students who participated in the research program. Her project that took first place was entitled; How does the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic Differ Among Ethnic groups in America.
Ms. Durrani is an International Baccalaureate Certificate Candidate in Biology and Business. She also takes AP Psychology and U.S. History. Ms. Durrani has been the Arab Club President for the past two years and is a member of the Film Studies Club, Indian Club, and the Building Bridges Club at NDA. She also actively volunteers at UTMC Rupert Center as an ambassador and works with patients. Ms. Durrani is a member and volunteers at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.
Toledo Starz is an after-school enrichment program for high school students, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in the sciences who have an interest in the health professions. This unique year-long program “brings health sciences alive” and is presented from October through May via a series of interactive sessions. Accepted students attend monthly sessions, during which they explore medical issues and various roles involved within the health care process presented by UT faculty, staff and students.