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Fulbright Scholar Khadija Nadimi Is Pursuing Education Wherever It Takes Her

May 20, 2013

Young woman with short, dark brown hair and wearing a white, scoop-necked shirt.

Khadija Nadmii

Khadija Nadimi wants to one day be able to have Ph.D. after her name.

For a young woman from a small town in Pakistan, that's a tall order. Nadimi admits that getting an education is one of the biggest challenges in life, especially for a woman.

"However, due to the support of my elder brother, I first went to Islamabad for two years and then I came to the United States for my higher education," she explains.

The Fulbright Scholar is currently working on a master's degree in geology from Cal State Fullerton. Nadimi is one of four Fulbright Scholars on campus this year; the others are from Hungary, Poland and Russia.

Nadimi earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Quetta University and a master's in geophysics from Quaid-I-Azam University in Islamabad, then taught geology at the University of Baluchistan for two years. She was the youngest faculty member in the department.

"Working with Ph.D. colleagues prompted me to apply for a Fulbright and to seek higher education from the USA," she explained.

But all was not smooth for her. She said she struggled with communication and her research skills. "They were my biggest challenges. However, working with Dr. Matthew E. Kirby (associate professor of geological sciences and her thesis adviser) and Dr. David Bowman (chair and professor of geological science), I have learned a lot."

Nadimi has been conducting research on paleo-tsunami deposits in San Elijo Lagoon in San Diego County.

"Research experience is the most exciting and valuable experience on campus for me," she explained. "I hope to complete my doctorate and work as a professor in one of the best universities in Pakistan or the United States."

By: Pamela McLaren, 657-278-4852

Tags:  Academics & Research