UNC Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Graduate Student Shelsa Marcel in the labs of Ian Davis and Joel Parker has been awarded a 2019 Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study were created in 2004 in honor of the late James H. Gilliam, Jr., a charter Trustee of HHMI and chair of its Audit and Compensation Committee. Mr. Gilliam was a respected business and civic leader who spent his life nurturing excellence and diversity in science and education.
The goal of this graduate fellowship program is to increase the diversity among scientists who are prepared to assume leadership roles in science, particularly as college and university faculty. The program provides awards to pairs of students and their dissertation advisers who are selected for their scientific leadership and commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the sciences.