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This Year's Recipients

2021 Recipients

Rosa Ortiz is the Associate Director of Research Administration for the Center for Community and Health at Northwestern’s School of Communication.  She is working towards a Masters in Data Science. She completed her undergraduate degree at the School of Professional Studies as a non-traditional student. Her academic career has been an anchor and inspiration through difficult life challenges. She is excited that her graduate program will help her make a difference in the world.

Rebecca Prince plans to finish her Master of Science in Global Health this June. She is the research coordinator of the Head and Neck Multidisciplinary Clinic within the Department of Otolaryngology at the Feinberg School of Medicine. She was born in the United Arab Emirates to south Indian immigrants and headed the University of Florida’s chapter of Students Organize for Syria (SOS) while studying there. In the future, she hopes to use her experience in oncological disease management, clinical research, and skills in international health care to foster global health interventions in low- and middle-income countries. 

Ana Sferruzza is working toward a Masters in Information Design and Strategy.  She started working at Northwestern as a standardized patient based on her acting experience 14 years ago. She is now the Director of the Clinical Education Center at the Feinberg School of Medicine.  Before the pandemic she volunteered at Horsefeathers Therapeutic Riding Center.  She has been a mentor for other employees through the Association of Northwestern University Women (ANUW) and has participated in the Administrative Leadership Development Program (ADLP).

Hamna Siddiqui hopes to pursue a research career in public health, ideally working for the CDC or for other public health programs. She is working on a Masters in Global Health and works as a research assistant in Neurology at the Feinberg School of Medicine.   She has served as a Chicago Scholars mentor for first-generation college students and has also volunteered at local clinics.  She comes from an immigrant family and was the first one in her family to attend college and pursue a higher education degree.