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Chemical engineering student receives Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award

Tapashree Tah, an international student leader, received her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from West Bengal University in India and is a doctoral student in chemical engineering at MU.

When chemical engineering graduate student Tapashree Tah came to the University of Missouri in 2006 after living in India her whole life, she felt what many international students feel.

“I wanted to celebrate festivals from home and meet other international students,” Tapashree said.

She didn’t waste time finding ways to fill those voids. Tah got involved and contributed to outlets for international students who felt as she did.

Her enthusiasm, high energy and a positive attitude earned her a Mizzou Inclusive Excellence Award, presented at a ceremony on Oct. 21. The award recognizes faculty, student and organizations’ contributions to campus diversity efforts. Presented by the Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative, awardees are recognized for their exemplary contributions to areas of diversity such as gender issues, racial-ethnic background, language, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, national and geographical origin.

Rita Preckshot, chemical engineering office support staff, was one of several people who nominated Tah for her involvement and dedication to making a difference.

During her time at MU, Tah has served as treasurer, secretary and president of the Cultural Association of India. She is currently the treasurer for the Mizzou International Student Council and volunteers for the International Center each year during orientation.

“There are so many people from all around the world that go to Mizzou and I really enjoy meeting them,” she said.

Tah, who studied biotech and is currently conducting biomaterials research, received her bachelor’s degree in biotechnology from the West Bengal University of Technology in India. Her current research involves the creation of biosensors that selectively adsorb proteins.

She plans to continue her involvement in the international community.