Mina Tabatabai is a proud Houstonian and alumna of the University of Houston, determined to become a pediatric dentist that children will not fear. Shadowing pediatric dentists confirmed her love for the occupation. She then went on to intern as a dental assistant at Health care for the Homeless; to travel on dental mission trips in Costa Rica, Panama, and Texas; and to work in dental offices in Iran and Houston.Mina volunteered at Texas Children's hospital, American Red Cross, and anywhere else that she had the opportunity to, as she knew that she ultimately wanted her future to revolve on helping others. As a Biology major with a business administration minor, Mina was trained to handle situations both as a manager of her father's business and as a researcher in her senior honors thesis science laboratory.
Grateful for the diversity of the university, Mina was active on campus: as a photographer for the Daily Cougar, an officer in the Honors Ambassadors and American Student Dental Association (ASDA) organization, a spirited "bleacher creature," and a two-time intramural racquetball champion. Mina also had the opportunity to travel across America representing University of Houston: she went to Washington, D.C., three times for the National Model Arab League, to Colorado and Pennsylvania for the National Collegiate Honors Council, to Arizona for racquetball intramural nationals, and to Louisiana, to present her research on a travel fellowship grant.
In fall 2009, Mina plans to attend Howard University Dental school in Washington D.C. where she will carry on her Cougar spirit and education.