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McLean, VA (April 8, 2020) – The Center for Excellence in Education (CEE) is proud to announce that Research Science Institute (RSI) alumni have helped develop a new app “How We Feel” to help researchers and public health officials pinpoint COVID-19 hotspots, predict areas that could soon see spikes in COVID-19 cases, understand pertinent risk factors and demographic information, and allow health agencies to better respond to the pandemic.

CEE Trustee Feng  Zhang, Ph.D., Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT, and Harvard James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT, RSI  '99, Pinterest co-founder and CEO Ben Silbermann, RSI '98, David Cheng, CEO Arbor Biotechnologies, RSI '99, Sapan Shah, M.D., J.D., President and Founding Partner of Flagship Healthcare, RSI, ’97, CEE Trustee Sid Shenai, Venture Partner, Madrona Venture Group, RSI ’99, and Nicole Nova, Ph.D. Candidate, Ecology & Evolution, at Mordecai Lab & Petrov Lab, Department of Biology, Stanford University, RSI ’07, helped make the app a reality as part of a team of scientists, doctors and public health professionals from leading institutions.

“I am so proud of our RSI Alumni for taking a role in developing this app,” said Joann P. DiGennaro, CEE President. “What a tremendous service they have provided for the public’s information.”

The “How We Feel” app allows individuals in the U.S. to quickly self-report age, gender, zip code, symptoms, health conditions, and testing results. The app prompts users to share how they’re feeling. If users feel healthy, they report that; if users report that they’re feeling unwell, they will be asked to share their symptoms and health conditions. A daily check-in can be completed in as little as 30 seconds.

The app is the first product to be developed by The How We Feel Project, a nonprofit health research consortium whose mission is to make the world healthier by connecting citizens with the global health community, public health and biomedical researchers.

To download the app, visit

About the Research Science Institute
For the past 36 years, RSI has provided students with the opportunity to conduct original, cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities in Boston and Cambridge, MA. The heart of RSI is the five-week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. RSI is cost-free for students to attend. Students reside on campus at MIT during the program.

About the Center for Excellence in Education 
CEE was founded in 1983 by the late Admiral H.G. Rickover and Joann P. DiGennaro, President of the Center. The Center's mission is to nurture high school and university scholars to careers of excellence and leadership in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and to encourage collaboration between and among leaders in the global community. CEE sponsors the Research Science Institute (RSI), the USA Biolympiad (USABO), and the Teacher Enrichment Program (TEP). For more information, visit CEE’s web site,

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