J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences, B.S. in Biology
Little Rock, Arkansas
Parents: Dr. Saif and Dr. Shagufta Siddiqui
Mentor: Dr. Rick Belt, M.D.
- President & Founder, Global Medical & Dental Brigades at University of Arkansas
- Coordinator for medical and dental brigades to Honduras, 2013 and 2014
- Global Health Semester Abroad program to Costa Rica, Duke University
- Alpha Epsilon Delta, Premedical Honor Society
- Chancellor’s List & Dean’s List
- Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s List
- Pat Walker Health Center Nursing Assistant & Laboratory Technician
- Undergraduate Research, Laboratory of Immunotherapy & Vaccine Delivery
- Fulbright College Honors Program
Mohammad “Zia” Siddiqui ventured out of his comfort zone four years ago from high school to a fulfilling college experience at the University of Arkansas. He was determined to make the most of his college experience from day one.
His passion to become a physician led him to the Pat Walker Health Center as an eager freshman looking for an opportunity to immerse himself in the healthcare field. The staff welcomed him as a nursing assistant, and his work at the health center has shaped the path he has taken toward his goal of helping others. With the staff’s help, he founded the Global Medical Dental Brigades, a registered student organization. As president, he has learned numerous leadership and communications skills. Under his leadership, the chapter raised about $120,000 to serve and provide healthcare for more than 1,400 patients in rural Honduras through mobile clinics that student groups operated.
With funds from an Honors College grant, his research is helping to develop novel treatments for cancer immunotherapy. He spent an entire semester in Costa Rica, where he joined a global health program to learn about tropical medicine and the Latin American health system. His dedication to education helped him excel in understanding the medical issues facing Costa Rica and the Hispanic population today. He also completed a culture and language course that emphasized technical and colloquial medical terminology so he could verbally communicate with the people in Costa Rica to educate them about the danger of Dengue fever.