Medina is an undergraduate senior at Virginia Tech majoring in Health, Nutrition, Fitness, and Exercise on a pre-dental pathway. As a freshman, Medina and her research team conducted meta-analytic and systematic research on the comparison between female and male wrestling injuries and had their research paper published on the JMS 2020 virtual conference website. Last spring, she was also a teaching assistant for General Chemistry at her university. Medina is the president of University Allied Essential Medicine at Virginia Tech, a student group that promotes access to medicines and medical innovations for marginalized populations who face treatment barriers. She is also the co-founder and vice president of the Afghan Student Association at Virginia Tech. Medina is a founding member of Closing the Gap at Virginia Tech, a student organization that gathers diverse community members with different experiences and backgrounds for candid, meaningful, and productive conversations around difficult topics. She coordinated the Closing the Gap Blessing Bag Project to provide essential items such as food, clothing, and hygiene kits to homeless people in Washington, D.C. In her free time, Medina works with the Blacksburg Refugee Partnership as a translator and coordinator for Afghan refugees. She also volunteers at the Bradly Free Clinic in Roanoke to assist dental procedures on individuals living in low-income households or living in vagrancy. Medina’s future plans include graduating from dental school and opening up her own practice. She also hopes to provide free dental care for individuals who are unable to afford it.
Hamzeh Maaita is currently a pre-med student in the process of acquiring a bachelor's in science and business administration with a concentration in finance from Northeastern University. He is set on going to medical school after getting his degree. Hamzeh enjoys going on adventures with his friends along with having a kick about in the park. He loves getting out of his comfort zone and getting to know new people. Also, Hamzeh loves biking around the city and reading inspiring books. At the moment he works at Mass Eye and Ear, as an ophthalmic technician.
Hamzeh is a currently working at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center as a Patient Care Technician as part of his Northeastern undergraduate program. In addition, Hamzeh works at both Envision Difference and the Williams lab as a research Assistant. While he is not trying to achieve his dreams of being a doctor, Hamzeh enjoys traveling, basketball and exploring new cultures.