HHMI Announces 2017 Medical Research Fellows

The in Chevy Chase, Maryland, has announced a new cohort of student-researchers for its .

Each of the seventy-nine fellows will receive $43,000 in grant support to spend a year working on a basic, translational, or applied biomedical research project at an academic or nonprofit research institution in the United States. The $3.4 million initiative is designed to strengthen and expand the nation's pool of physician-scientists and medically trained researchers. This year, eight of the fellows will be funded by HHMI partner organizations — the , the , , the , and the , while eight are receiving a second year of support.

Launched nearly thirty years ago, the program has helped more than seventeen hundred students establish a foothold in the research world. This year, 53 percent of the awardees are female, the largest percentage of women fellows since the program was launched, while 18 percent are from minority groups typically underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

"The Med Fellows Program allows exceptional MD, DVM, and DDS students to effectively shift course and conduct rigorous research at top institutions throughout the country," said David Asai, senior director in science education at HHMI. "It's an extraordinary opportunity for future physicians, veterinarians, and dentists to explore the intersection of medicine and scientific discovery, and we hope that each student comes away further empowered to pursue a career as a physician-scientist."

To learn more about the , see the HHMI website.

"." Howard Hughes Medical Institute Press Release 04/26/2017.