University: Yale University
Matthew J. Townsend, Chappaqua, New York, is a senior at Yale University majoring in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Elected as a junior to Phi Beta Kappa, he has a perfect academic record across the sciences, economics, and Latin. Matt has complemented his work in medical sciences with deep interests in the psychology of health, the history of disease, and the social networks that affect health, and has a particular interest in the socio-cultural, environmental and biological roots of obesity-related diseases. He is also a two-year starter on the Yale Varsity Basketball Team, where he won the award as the top defensive player, and a volunteer, shift-leader and then co-coordinator of the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project's Bringing Relief Every Day project.