News in Brief: Human Science Undergrads Selected for Summer Research Internship

APRIL 30, 2014 – Two undergraduate human science majors have been selected to intern in a summer research program sponsored by the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science.

Beemnet Neway (NHS’16) and Derek Altema (NHS’15) will take part in internships through the Spring/Summer Opportunity for Achievement in Research (SOAR) Program. Neway will participate in SOAR-Minority Health and Health Disparities (SOAR-MHHD) Program, and Atlema will take part in the SOAR-Health Program.

Increased Understanding

Both students say they are looking forward to participating in the mentored research internship.  Altema, who is pre-med and pursuing a minor in economics, says he hopes the program offers a deeper understanding of some of the “root causes that amplify” health disparities.

“I look forward to delving into another facet of medicine and research through the program,” he says.

Neway, also pre-med, notes that she was drawn to the program because of its emphasis on minority health and health disparities.

“Through the program, I plan to further my understanding of how clinical and translational research is carried out to meet communities in need,” she says.  “I hope to take the skills from this experience to increase dialogue about minority health issues on campus.”

‘Perfect Fit’ 

Altema says he has been enjoying the major and his time at Georgetown.

“Human science is the perfect fit for me, and I love being in the NHS,” he says.  “Everyone in St. Mary's is so nice.  I also love Georgetown.  There’s always so much positive energy radiating throughout the campus, complete with peers from all types of different backgrounds. Plus, we’re so fortunate to be going to school right in our great nation’s capital.”

Neway agrees.

“I really enjoy the small school feel of the NHS,” she says.  “Furthermore, I enjoy being on the human science track because the courses are giving me not only a solid foundation on the science behind human health and disease, but also critical problem-solving and reasoning skills.  Lastly, the professors in the [department] have been very supportive both inside and outside the classroom.”

By Bill Cessato