Established in 2004 to honor the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., the program will provide each of the thirty-nine fellows with $46,000 in graduate school support annually for up to four years to help move them toward a career in scientific research and teaching. Fellows also will attend meetings with HHMI scientists and receive intensive mentoring from their advisors.
Successful applicants to the program are selected based on their record of academic achievement, scientific potential, and commitment to the advancement of diversity and inclusion in the life sciences. To that end, applicants must be from a racial or ethnic group or disadvantaged background that are underrepresented in the sciences. This year, HHMI received applications from a hundred and thirty-five students, including twenty-six alumni of its 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.
"The Gilliam Fellows," said David Asai, senior director for science education at HHMI, "are outstanding students who have the potential to be real leaders in science."
For a complete list of this year's Gilliam Fellows, see the HHMI website.