The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has announced the thirty recipients of its newly expanded 2015 Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study, which are designed to enrich science research and increase the diversity of college science faculties.
Established in 2004 to honor the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., who championed excellence and diversity in education and science, the program provides each fellow with $43,000 in graduate school support annually for up to four years to help move them toward a career in science research and teaching. Fellows also meet with HHMI scientists and receive professional development mentoring as they launch their academic careers. Prior to being named Gilliam fellows, each student participated in HHMI's Exceptional Research Opportunities Program, which provides undergraduates from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences with the opportunity to conduct research under the mentorship of HHMI scientists.
Previously, HHMI selected between five and nine Gilliam fellows per year. In expanding the program, the institute broadened the application pool to include graduate students nominated by the principal investigators of non-MSTP T32 training grants awarded through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Successful applicants are chosen for their academic excellence, scientific potential, and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the life sciences.
"We are excited to be able to expand the program to support the training of a greater number of terrific, young scientists," said Sean B. Carroll, HHMI vice president for science education. "We look forward to watching these Gilliam Fellows develop into leading scientists in the years ahead."
For a complete list of the 2015 Gilliam Fellows, visit the HHMI website.