Two North­eastern stu­dents received pres­ti­gious awards to help improve people’s health: The Albert Schweitzer Fel­low­ship, which will sup­port research and out­reach addressing health-​​care dis­par­i­ties in under­served com­mu­ni­ties, and a Steam­boat Foun­da­tion schol­ar­ship, which will sup­port research on how changes inbi­o­log­ical cell net­work­slead to cancer.

Christina Jef­frey, who is pur­suing a master’s degree in public health at North­eastern, will join 200 other Albert Schweitzer Fel­lows across the country in cre­ating and imple­menting ser­vice projects that help meet the health-​​care needs of under­served com­mu­ni­ties in the United States and Africa.

Jeffrey’s work will focus on people living in Northeastern’s neigh­bor­hoods. She received a $3,000 stipend to sup­port her work out of the Whit­tier Street Health Center in Rox­bury, Mass.—which part­ners with North­eastern in serving the people from the com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly those who live in public housing. Through sur­veys and focus groups she’ll try to estab­lish the main socioe­co­nomic fac­tors that affect patients’ health.

Depending on the feed­back we receive, we’ll design a pro­gram to meet their needs,” said Jef­frey, adding, “We want to make an imme­diate impact that will improve the living con­di­tions for people in public housing.” She plans to launch a career in youth devel­op­ment or immi­grant health-​​care reform and says that the Schweitzer Fel­low­ship will help her develop the research and lead­er­ship skills to make a dif­fer­ence in people’s lives—now and in her future career.

Emily Batt, who is pur­suing a degree in physics, is one of 13 under­grad­uate stu­dents from across the country par­tic­i­pating in the Steam­boat Foundation’s 10-​​week Summer Scholars Pro­gram. She received $12,000 from the foun­da­tion, which sup­ports stu­dents who show poten­tial for becoming leaders in their chosen field.

Every year, one stu­dent is selected from each of the foundation’s part­nering uni­ver­si­ties to com­plete an intern­ship with one of the foundation’s other grant part­ners, in fields ranging from media to health care to hospitality.

Batt will work at the Center for Cancer Sys­tems Biology at Dana-​​Farber Cancer Insti­tute in Boston, where she will gen­erate models of the inter­ac­tions between RNA and DNA to help explain how bio­log­ical cell net­works lead to cancer.The stu­dent researcher­plans to apply to grad­uate school after com­pleting her under­grad­uate degree.

For now, she’s excited to have the oppor­tu­nity to work in the emerging field of net­work sci­ence, which attempts to map the rela­tion­ship between just about everything—from cancer cells to human mobility to Internet usage. North­eastern is cur­rently the world leader in net­work sci­ence research.