South Dakota student presents addiction science research at National Institute on Drug Abuse for third straight year

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Kashfia Rahman, a rising senior at Brookings High School, attended the Addiction Science Award Presentation ceremony for the third year in a row at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She stood in front of the nation’s top scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). She won an award for her project on risky behavior in adolescents.

Kashfia Rahman says her passion is to help others become healthy.

“I really want to educate my peers on their behavior so that they can minimize the risk of potentially engaging in harmful activity,” said Rahman.

She presented and then fielded questions like the expert she is. Kashfia says she has an affinity for addiction sciences because of the effects on younger people. She says her passion is to help others become healthy.

“Both mentally and physically. And I think it's important to address the mental aspect of Health because it's very, you know, under appreciated,” said Rahman.

Dr. Jack Stein from NIDA says this program is great for the students, but it also pays dividends for the National Institutes of Health.

“It's an investment in the future and we're seeing these young people really take their experience and their enthusiasm and change the world,” said Stein.

For Kashfia, she says meeting these top scientists reinvigorates her pursuit of a neuroscience, psychology and public policy career path.

“It really makes me feel like what I'm doing is valid and what I'm doing has a purpose,” said Rahman.

Kashfia’s story does not end in Rockville, Maryland. She is headed back for her senior year at Brookings High School. Following that she already has a long list of colleges that peak her interest.