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Nov. 19, 2007

Even if you haven't seen Marissa Daniels running one of her many circuits of the Rice campus, one look at her resume would tell you she is always on the go. There you would see that not only is she an All-American athlete, but she is a top performer in the classroom as well.

Marissa came to Rice from Pearland High School where she graduated with highest honors and was the Houston Chronicle high school cross-country female runner of the year in 2004.

Because her home was in the Greater Houston area, she knew quite a bit about Rice and was very attracted by its combination of academic and athletic excellence. Marissa says, "I considered some other schools, but I always knew Rice would be the place for me."

Once she was on the campus, she quickly settled in, becoming an key performer in cross country and track for the Owls and digging into a demanding premed curriculum. Marissa says she knew from an early age that she wanted to be a doctor. "I have a strong desire to help people, and I am also fascinated by science, especially organic chemistry and biology. So medicine is a great match for me."

This match is very evident when you hear Marissa talk so enthusiastically about her biology classes at Rice.

In addition to training, competing and classes, Marissa has been an Operations Assistant, helping to manage the Autry Recreation Center at Rice and served as a Biology Discussion Leader, Fall 2006, leading discussion sessions for an introductory biology class, graded written papers and assessed student performance.

In the summer of 2006, Marissa was a School Summer Research Intern at the UT-Houston Medical School, doing experimental work in a biomedical research laboratory. At the end of the summer, she was able to publish an abstract on her work.

At Rice, Marissa has found what she expected: a chance to exploit her considerable talent for running and an opportunity to pursue her deep interest in biology. And, in an important way, her athletic career has prepared her for the rigors of medical school and postgraduate training.

"I will apply the same diligence and commitment that has helped me excel as a collegiate long distance runner to my practice of medicine. As a doctor I will strive to build relationships with my patients and do anything and everything in my power to help them."

This determination will undoubtedly make Marissa one of Tomorrow's Leaders.

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