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US Univ. Honors Nigerian Muslim Student for Great Impact on Campus, Community

Saidat Rasaq Balogun, a Nigerian student at Southern Illinois University (SIU) in the USA, has received the prestigious Distinguished Student Award for her exceptional academic performance and dedication to her studies.

Balogun, a doctorate degree student at SIU, has achieved remarkable success.

Saidat, who is a first-class student at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), has made a tremendous mark at the university as a teacher, researcher, and volunteer. She currently serves as the Vice President of SIU International Student Council, The Guardian Nigeria News reported.

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“Serving international students is a key part of Saidat’s life at SIU. On campus, she works with numerous organizations focused on helping international and African students,” SIU System President, Dan Mahony, said.

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“Saidat’s service even extends to her home, where she often provides temporary housing to international students as they arrive or if they face challenges.

“She makes inclusivity a top priority as she takes the initiative to ensure that international students can find communities where they belong at SIU,” Mahony said.

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Balogun is currently in her third year at the Environmental Resource and Policy Department, at SIU’s Carbondale campus.

Her PhD research aims to gain insight into historical and projected future changes in warm seasons and heat stress in the Midwestern United States.

With this remarkable success, Balogun has just followed suit of other Muslim students who have previously achieved success in education.

Halima Ali Shuwa, a Nigerian student who studied immunology at the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, was named a postgraduate student of the year 2022 at the University Of Manchester

Saheela Ibraheem, Nigerian Muslim girl, in 2016, also reserved a place among “The World’s 50 Smartest Teenagers” list.