Every year, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) places students in research internships with its own scientists at institutions across the country. The Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) works to increase the pool of students from diverse background who pursue careers in scientific research.
Selected students have demonstrated the potential to become future leaders in academic science, and over half of the program’s participants go on to complete graduate degrees.
This year, two students from the University of Colorado Denver were accepted into the prestigious fellowship:
Nicolette Moya – Moya is a psychology/biology double major in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). She will perform research at Columbia University in the lab of Nobel laureate Eric Kandel.
Matthew Mitchell – Mitchell is a biology student fulfilling his pre-med requirements in CLAS. Mitchell will perform his fellowship at Harvard University from June 3 to Aug. 10.
Applicants must be nominated by an HHMI professor or director, or by a faculty member at an active Science Education Alliance school. If accepted, they spend 10 weeks doing full-time, mentored research at an HHMI scientist’s laboratory, and may have the option to do a second internship in the same lab next year.