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Awardee Spotlight: Tauja Merriweather

A Grace Holt Memorial Award Honorable Mention, Tauja Merriweather talks about her experience and passion. She speaks on her academic inspiration from the Department of African American Studies.

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“The coursework offered here at UIC and the professors have inspired me to minor in AAST.”

Tauja Merriweather  |  2018 Grace Holt Honorable Mention & AAST minor

What is your major/minor and current standing (Junior, Senior, etc.) and why did you choose your field of study?

Tauja Merriweather: I chose Biological Sciences as a major because I want to enter the medical field and help people and assist in providing excellent healthcare because I am passionate about making people feel better and helping them.

Is there any current social issue that you’re interested in researching (or have researched)?

Merriweather: I have taken African American Studies classes because I was interested in learning about the history of my Ancestors. The coursework offered here at UIC and the professors have inspired me to minor in AAST. One of the many reasons I decided to take African American Studies courses was I wanted to be educated on many levels when it came to African Americans so I could understand the dynamics of how the world worked when it came to African Americans. Declaring African American Studies as my minor was beneficial because in such a brief time I learned so much from the classes.