Dahlia Khalifa is the Fall 2018 Outstanding Graduate for the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences. She is a biology major and has a 4.0 GPA.
Khalifa was an undergraduate research assistant. She examined the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on rhodoliths, calcium carbonate nodules in coralline algae. She was one of three undergraduates to present findings at the 2018 Phycological Society of America meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. Khalifa was among the College of Sciences’ top scholars in her sophomore, junior and senior years. She is a member of the Honors Program and serves as historian of the Pre-Professional Society. Her community service includes volunteering at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center, and campus activities such as The Big Event, Science Day and Freshmen Move-In Day and serving as a biology peer mentor. She is the daughter of Candace Joubert-Khalifa and Taha Khalifa of Lafayette.