This summer North Carolina A&T State University junior Lariah M. Edwards will be able to add another honor to her list of accolades. Edwards will spend nine weeks in Boston this summer as an intern in the summer program in Biological Sciences in Public Health in the Harvard School of Public Health.

“I’ll be working in an epidemiology lab focusing on environmental, occupational and molecular epidemiology,” Edwards said.

The goal of the program is to expose college juniors and seniors to the rewards of laboratory research that is directed at solving important public health problems. Over the course of the internship, Edwards will receive a stipend of $3, 460, a $475 travel allowance and free housing for the summer.

Edwards, a chemistry major, was inspired to pursue chemistry by her high school chemistry teacher. She decided to pursue public health because it is a way she could apply her skill set and make changes, she said.

In the past, Edwards has been named a Tom Joyner Foundation Scholar, a Dean’s List Scholar, a member of the Alpha Kappa Mu and Alpha Lambda Delta honors societies as well as a member of N.C. A&T Honors program and a recipient of the Lewis and Dowdy Full Scholarship.