Dell Health Undergraduate Scholars


The Dell Health Undergraduate Scholar (DHUS) program is a unique research opportunity for one part-time undergraduate student interested in public health, community building, and/or obesity prevention. The Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living, funded by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF), conducts research and provides programs that promote healthy living for children, their families and their communities. One undergraduate scholar will be selected for a 9-month paid fellowship starting in September of each school year.

The DHUS program provides funding for students to work and gain public health research experience. The Center will accept one undergraduate student from Huston-Tillotson University or St. Edward’s University to work 15 hours/week from September to May, with the option to extend the internship through August.

During this period, the Dell Health Undergraduate Scholar is expected to:

  • Be trained in public health research using Center project resources
  • Participate in the Center’s Community Collaborative for Child Health
  • Assist with a project or Center activity related to the student’s public health interest
  • Receive training, resource, and guidance from faculty and staff mentors whose research aligns with the student’s interests
  • Participate in administrative tasks, in order to be fully trained as a public health professional

The Center Dell Health Undergraduate Scholar Program is led by Dr. Andrew Springer and Heather Atteberry. The candidate for this position will be reviewed and selected using a competitive process.

Applicant eligibility:

  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Undergraduate student enrolled at Huston-Tillotson or St. Edward’s University during the school year (preferably entering junior or senior year)
  • Available to work 15 hours/week during the work day (8:00-5:00) from September to May

Current Dell Health Undergraduate Scholar


Jessica Marquez

Jessica is a student at St. Edwards University studying Art and Biology with a goal to attend medical school.  She previously attended Parsons School of Design where she studied Integrated Design before switching gears and beginning her career in health and wellness.  After studying Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda, she taught group classes while also providing personalized sessions focused on therapeutic applications of yoga for stress management and chronic pain. As a Health Coach at the Whole Foods Medical and Wellness Center, she combined her passion for patient care and health education to counsel patients on disease management and prevention using a whole food diet and stress management techniques. She is excited to combine her many passions while working to help cultivate healthy, happy communities.

In her spare time she can be found walking her two, sweet dogs, asking strangers if they want to see pictures of her two, sweet dogs and using her hands to cook, create and craft.

Past Dell Health Undergraduate Scholar

  • Timothy Cooley (2014-15), Huston-Tillotson University
  • Vanessa Lerma (2015-16), St. Edward's University
  • Jackie Ortuno (2016-17), St. Edward's University 


The application period for the 2017-18 Dell Health Undergraduate Scholar program is closed.  Check back in March 2018 for the 2018-19 DHUS application.  

For any questions about the program, please contact Heather Atteberry at (512) 391-2513 or