Senior Salvador Brito from Oxnard, has received the award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) for Exceptional Research Opportunities Program. He is the student of California Lutheran University and is researching on muscle and neuronal development at the Baylor College of Medicine. The fellowship will cover his travel and housing and provide him with a $5,000 stipend.

About the Fellowship Program:

The program provides undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds and groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences with significant summer research experiences. HHMI scientists volunteer to mentor the students in their labs during the summer. Hugo J. Bellen is HHMI investigator and director of the developmental biology program at the Houston medical school.


About the Fellowship Provider:

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is recognized as a leader in biomedical research. The research programs of HHMI support people, not projects, and give the time and freedom to the scientists to pursue difficult, long-range questions. They encourage creativity, collaboration, and interdisciplinary thinking.

Since 2003, the HHMI program has provided about 730 undergraduates with research opportunities. Staff members continue to work with the students and also encourage them. The goal of the program is to create diverse and highly trained workforce for performing as leadership roles in science.

About the Scholarship Holder:

Senior Salvador Brito was born in Mexico, serves as the president of the Circle K service club at Cal Lutheran for the 2014-2015 year. He is a biochemistry and molecular biology student who is pursuing a double major in psychology.

Brito received Cal Lutheran’s gold award for the research he conducted last summer at the University. In May, he was named to the university’s Scholastic Honor Society, which is a select group of upper division students who have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.9.

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