Student receives prestigious Gilliam Fellowship

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LAWRENCE — University of Kansas graduate student Angelo Andres, along with his mentor Blake Peterson, Regents Distinguished Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the KU School of Pharmacy, has earned a prestigious Gilliam Fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The award of $50,000 is renewable for up to three years and is awarded to support promising graduate students from diverse backgrounds who will work as teams with their individual advisers to build inclusive training environments. The fellows’ mentors will also participate in a year of professional development activities aimed at increasing the number of students from underrepresented backgrounds in the sciences, including online training and in-person workshops at HHMI headquarters.

“Effective mentoring is crucial for supporting the growth of a student’s research and professional skills, and every student currently in the mentor’s lab, and every future student, can benefit,” said David Asai, senior director for science education at HHMI.

Andres is grateful to HHMI for the opportunity to continue training with Peterson but also to pass on what he has learned to others in the lab.

“I was thrilled to learn that I was being awarded a Gilliam Fellowship from HHMI. In addition to funding my research and career development as a scientist, this award also gives me the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students, especially those underrepresented in STEM disciplines,” Andres said.

Andres arrived at KU after serving in Afghanistan as a member of the U.S. Army. It was there that he first seriously contemplated the importance of surrounding himself with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and ethnicities.

Working alongside soldiers from various places such as Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and the Middle East, Andres was inspired to find creative ways to communicate and, as a result, learn more about his partners as they worked toward their common goal of preventing the spread of infectious …

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