Samalya Thenuwara is a Sri Lankan-born Iowan in her Senior year as a Presidential Scholar majoring in Human Physiology. She is the President of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee and the Co-Founder of the Honors Program’s Diversity Advisory Board. Through both of these programs, her goal is to lift student voices. She has been an ICRU Fellow and a Stanley International Travel Awardee. Her research focuses on newspaper content analysis of health-related issues. Outside of campus, she is a proud Board Member and the Treasurer of the Emma Goldman Clinic as well as a Student Anesthesia Technician at the UIHC. In her free time, she sews dresses and is currently attempting to learn aari embroidery techniques.