Private benefactors help Aranet and Grecia pay for school.
"We kind of feel as if the whole neighborhood is watching us," Aranet added.
Aranet, born in the state of Michoacan in Mexico, came to the U.S.
"I want to show my little brothers that if I can do it, they can do it," said Aranet, one of seven children and the only girl.
Like Aranet, she also earned good grades, graduated from high school and dreamed of college.
Aranet and Grecia said they planned to apply for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, a policy change announced by the Obama administration in June.
The scientists tested the accuracy of AraNet with computational validation tests and laboratory experiments on genes that the network predicted as related.
Two of them exhibited phenotypes that AraNet predicted.
"AraNet has the potential to help realize the promise of genomics in plant engineering and personalized medicine," said Rhee.