Health Sci­ences stu­dent to work with grant partner Dana-​​Farber Cancer Institute

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dent Alicia Jones has been rec­og­nized as a 2008 Steam­boat Scholar by Steam­boat Foun­da­tion Summer Scholar Pro­gram. The grant will allow Jones to work along­side pio­neers of inno­v­a­tive cancer treat­ments at Dana-​​Farber Cancer Institute.

Founded in 2004, Steam­boat Foun­da­tion cul­ti­vates lead­er­ship in Steam­boat Scholars through a unique ten-​​week expe­ri­ence. These stu­dents receive a gen­erous finan­cial award that gives them the oppor­tu­nity to spend the summer in Boston and New York exploring issues of lead­er­ship, living and learning with their Steam­boat peers, and par­tic­i­pating in pres­ti­gious intern­ships hosted by Steamboat’s Grant Part­ners. Through a highly selec­tive and rig­orous process, a group of remark­able under­grad­uate stu­dents are chosen annu­ally as Scholars, a des­ig­na­tion that rec­og­nizes the talent, pas­sion, and curiosity of the award recipients.

Being a Steam­boat Scholar truly is a unique oppor­tu­nity and honor to receive as an under­grad stu­dent at North­eastern,” said Jones. “I have been given the amazing expe­ri­ence of working with the extra­or­di­nary team of clin­i­cians and researchers at Dana-​​Farber Cancer Insti­tute. Each day I am able to see the hope that this facility gives to each patient; the hope to find a better treat­ment and a cure for cancer.”

Jones’ child­hood was sur­rounded by the hos­pital set­ting as she watched her mother work as a nurse caring for ill family mem­bers. She was heavily involved in the care of Jones’ father who fought and ulti­mately lost the battle against tongue cancer In July, 2000.

Working at Dana-​​Farber gives me the oppor­tu­nity to sup­port other fam­i­lies going through sim­ilar sit­u­a­tions and see patients cured on a reg­ular basis,” added Jones.

Throughout her col­lege career, she has vol­un­teered at Brigham & Women’s Hospital’s Radi­ology Depart­ment and is cur­rently a baby cud­dler in the NICU. A Dean’s Schol­ar­ship recip­ient, Jones is an active member of Lambda Kappa Sigma, a pro­fes­sional orga­ni­za­tion pro­moting women in phar­macy. As the trea­surer she helps plan events such as a Bowl-​​a-​​thon to raise money for phil­an­thropic orga­ni­za­tions as well as a con­cert of Lupus Awareness.

After grad­u­ating from North­eastern with a B.S. in Health Sci­ences, Jones aspires to attend grad­uate school to become a Physician’s Assis­tant. She eagerly awaits the oppor­tu­ni­ties pre­sented by the Steam­boat expe­ri­ence, learning more about her­self in the process and devel­oping stronger lead­er­ship and risk-​​taking skills, as one of the eleven 2008 Scholars.

For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Samantha Fodrowski at 617–373-5427 or at s.​fodrowski@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.