STEM STAR OF THE MONTH
The STEM STAR of the Month Award recognize Middle and High School Female identifying students in STEM who are changing lives through their community outreach, work, and research. We encourage you to nominate someone you feel represents the best in STEM and embodies our vision. Nominate a STEM STAR TODAY!
Since the age of 5, she dreamed of becoming one of the firsts to walk on Mars.
Since then, she's been chasing her dreams in space medicine, working her way towards the red planet.
She's a licensed International PADI scuba diver, a 2-time graduate of the United States Space Academy, and a Young Eagle with the EAA training for her Private Pilot’s License. Last month, she was awarded a full scholarship to attend the Advanced Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama for her leadership and research in STEM. This year, Zahra has been conducting research on space surgeries and was nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders Award of Excellence by Nobel Prize recipient Mario Capecchi. Zahra was selected to be on the Research Committee for Girls in White Coats, an organization striving for female empowerment in medicine. She is also one of the crew members on an Astronaut Training Expedition taking place in Iceland this year where she will be studying geology and astrobiology. She is also set to attend an analog mission in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia with the Mars V company. Since the pandemic hit, Zahra has taken on a new initiative, partnering with schools and universities across the world to host virtual talks on STEM and the importance of space exploration. So far, she has spoken with over 1,000 students from 10+ countries, striving to motivate her generation to pursue their big dreams. Her mission in life is to inspire others to reach their goals and to show them that with passion, courage, and dedication, no time, age, or fallback can stop someone from achieving their dreams!”