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HHMI awards 51 new Gilliam scholarships to advance diversity and inclusion in science

Summary

51 graduate students and their advisors join the thriving community supported by the HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Studies.

At Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the last days of July have become synonymous with one of the institute’s most famous announcements—what some have called “Gilliam’s Day.” It is the day when a cadre of graduate students and their advisors from universities across the country join the thriving community supported by the HHMI Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Studies.

Today, HHMI announces the largest-ever batch of Gilliam Fellows – 51 graduate students Conduct outstanding research in their scientific fields of specialization and advisors who are committed to building a more comprehensive scientific ecosystem. Each pair of advisors and students will receive an annual award totaling $53,000 for up to three years.

The Glim program It invests in graduate students from historically excluded and underrepresented populations in science so that they are ready to become science leaders. “To support the development of these students as future scientific leaders, it is essential to provide high-quality mentoring, financial support, an inclusive lab environment, and a supportive community,” says David Asai, Senior Director of Science Education. “Real change will not happen on campus without the support and commitment of faculty and institutional leaders,” says Asai.

Gilliam Fellows at their 2019 annual meeting at HHMI headquarters. Credit: Had Gorin

HHMI recognizes that Gilliam Fellows advisors play an important role in helping students realize their highest potential. Since 2015, more than 200 Gilliam advisors have successfully completed a one-year course in Perceptive Cultural Counseling, which he developed and led Center for the Improvement of Research Oriented Experience (CIMER). Through the CIMER Mentorship Development Course, counselors participate in activities that emphasize cultural awareness, including interactive online webinars and two in-person workshops. Activities help counselors learn how to listen and interact with their students. These efforts are paying off—counselors have reported significant gains in their understanding and practice of culturally conscious counseling, according to a Recently published article by Pfund et al. in the magazine CBE Life Sciences Education.

Now, HHMI and CIMER have partnered to create the Scientific Extension Initiative that will work Design and provide mentorship development opportunities To all HHMI scientists, including investigators, Janelia Research Campus Group leaders, Hanna Gray Fellows, and recipients of the recently announced Freeman Hrabowski Scholars Program Award. By encouraging scholars to learn how to be better mentors, the Gilliam program aims to make the academic environment more inclusive so that students see themselves in the field of science.

Asai hopes that these intertwined efforts will eventually help increase the diversity of scholars at the faculty level. “Diversity in science should be the norm,” he says. “We should expect to see talented students and scholars from underrepresented groups on college campuses and across all sciences.”

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HHMI established the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study in 2004 in honor of the late James H. Gilliam Jr., a trustee of HHMI, Gilliam was a respected entrepreneur and civic who spent his life nurturing excellence and diversity in science and education.

2022 Gilliam Fellows and Advisors

Karim Abdel Aal

Karim Abdel Aal

Duke University

Thesis advisor: Kavoe Dzirasa

Jaquista Adams

Jaquista Adams

University of California, Berkeley

Thesis advisor: Marketa Landry

Joseph Aguilera

Joseph Aguilera

Brown University

Thesis advisor: Erica Larshan

Ave Akano

Ave Akano

Weill Cornell Medicine

Thesis advisor: Yael Daoud

Ora Alonso Rodriguez

Ora Alonso Rodriguez

University of Vermont

Thesis advisor: Taylor Ricketts

Natasha Bass Thomas

Natasha Bass Thomas

Brandeis University

Thesis advisor: Donald Katz

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lemon ball

Louisiana State University

Thesis advisor: Laura Lagomarcino

Miles Bartholomew

Miles Bartholomew

Brown University

Thesis advisor: Richard Freeman

Caban House

Caban House

Boston University

Thesis advisor: Steve Ramirez

Jose Campos Duran

Jose Campos Duran

University of Pennsylvania

Thesis advisor: Sarah Henrikson

Alexis Carey

Alexis Carey

Johns Hopkins University

Thesis advisor: Asani Werratna

Jesus Castor Macias

Jesus Castor Macias

University of Michigan

Thesis advisor: Carlos Aguilar

Linis Castro

Linis Castro

University of California, San Diego

Thesis advisor: Matthew Dougherty

Carlin Chen

Carlin Chen

University of California, Irvine

Thesis advisor: Marcelo Wood

Elida Dimuamoa

Elida Dimuamoa

Georgia Institute of Technology

Thesis advisor: Garrett Stanley

Ryan Al-Bashir

Ryan Al-Bashir

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thesis advisor: Matthew Vander Heyden

Yesenia Garcia

Yesenia Garcia

Emory University

Thesis advisor: Shannon Gurley

Melanie Gil

Melanie Gil

Vanderbilt University

Thesis advisor: Vivian Gama

Tania Gonzalez Robles

Tania Gonzalez Robles

Grossman School of Medicine at New York University

Thesis advisor: Kelly Ruggles

Billy Goolsby

Billy Goolsby

Stanford University

Thesis advisor: Lauren O’Connell

Iris Greenage

Iris Greenage

Cornell University

Thesis advisor: Chelsea Specht

Miguel Guardado

Miguel Guardado

University of California, San Francisco

Thesis advisor: Ryan Hernandez

Nadia Holness

Nadia Holness

University of Virginia College of Medicine

Thesis advisor: Sarah Ewald

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jack barks

University of California, Berkeley

Thesis advisor: Daniela Cover

Jardi Javier

Jardi Javier

Emory University

Thesis advisors: Larry Young and Malavica Murugan

Jessica Jones

Jessica Jones

University of Washington

Thesis advisor: John Tuthill

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chrisangel lopez

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Thesis advisor: Albert August

Maya Lopez Ichikawa

Maya Lopez Ichikawa

University of California, San Francisco

Thesis advisor: Matthew Spitzer

Peter Lotfy

Peter Lotfy

Harvard Medical School

Thesis advisor: Jose Ordovas Montanes

Ricardo Lozoia

Ricardo Lozoia

University of California, San Diego

Thesis advisor: Richard Dunneman

Kimberly Lukasek

Kimberly Lukasek

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thesis advisor: Stephanie Gupton

Ahmed Mahmoud

Ahmed Mahmoud

Weill Cornell Medicine

Thesis advisor: Karuna Ganesh

Vanessa Mariscal

Vanessa Mariscal

University of California, Santa Cruz

Thesis Advisors: Fellas Yildiz and Seth Rubin

Rio Maynard

Rio Maynard

University of California, Merced

Thesis advisor: Gordon Bennett

Daniel Mendes

Daniel Mendes

University of Minnesota College of Medicine

Thesis advisors: Thomas Bastian and Michael Georgiev

Catherine Morello

Catherine Morello

Princeton University

Thesis advisor: Colin Murphy

Lauren Neal

Lauren Neal

Rockefeller University

Thesis advisor: Leslie Fochal

Katya Nino

Katya Nino

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Thesis advisor: Eric Petras

Maria Ortiz Guza

Maria Ortiz Guza

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thesis advisor: Jose Rodriguez Romaguera

Alexandre Paredes

Alexandre Paredes

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Thesis advisor: Aaron Smith

Laila May Pascual

Laila May Pascual

Emory University

Thesis advisor: Sam Super

Zina Riviera

Zina Riviera

University of California, Los Angeles

Thesis advisors: Alicia Izquierdo and Andrew Weikenheiser

Christina Rivera Quills

Christina Rivera Quills

Michigan State University

Thesis advisor: Michelle Mazy Robison

Lisa Santiago Milan

Lisa Santiago Milan

Harvard Medical School

Thesis advisor: Fred Winston

Franklin Stback Rodriguez

Franklin Stback Rodriguez

University of Pennsylvania

Thesis advisor: Janice Burkhart

Eric Stokes

Eric Stokes

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Thesis advisor: Jason Otto

Hector Torres Vera

Hector Torres Vera

University of California, Berkeley

Thesis advisor: Alanna Schepartz

Axel Vera

Axel Vera

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Thesis advisor: Ronald Raines

Jillian Walton

Jillian Walton

University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Thesis advisor: Alison Buchan

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Stony Brook University

Thesis advisor: Michael Irola

Maya Woolfolk

Maya Woolfolk

Harvard university

Thesis advisor: Hobi Hoekstra

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