The Howard Hughes Medical Institute today announced five recipients of the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study. The fellows program aims to foster a passion for science and a commitment to increasing diversity in various scientific disciplines. The newly inducted Gilliam fellows will receive $44,000 annually for up to five years in support for graduate school. The awardees were chosen from a pool of 26 applicants, all of whom participated in the HHMI's Excellent Research Opporunities Program for accomplished undergraduate students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.
Flavian Brown of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., Mariam El-Ashmaqy of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Rachel Johnston of New Mexico State University, Silvia Kariuki of the University of Chicago, and Lisandro Maya-Ramos of the University of California, San Diego, will join the group of 30 current HHMI Gilliam fellows.