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There’s an app in the works for that: Northeastern student developing program to connect researchers and study participants

Alexis Musaelyan-Blackmon has a lot of passions and is always working on a side project.

From publishing a poetry book to starting a business, she sets a goal for herself, she says, and follows through with it.

“I have fun,” says Musaelyan-Blackmon, a third-year data science and biology student. “It’s a way for me to creatively express myself.”

This fall she has been focusing on developing a new business idea. While the venture is still in the beginning stages, Musaelyan-Blackmon recently received a major confidence boost when she won first place and a cash prize of $4,500 in the fall 2023 Husky Startup Challenge, Northeastern’s official venture incubator and a startup pitch competition.

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