dential Award for Excellence in Mentoring Underrepresented Minorities in Science, Math, and Engineering Sciences.

The Board sponsors for students (i) national research fellowships; (ii) the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Undergraduate Minority Students (ABRCMS); and (iii) professional development programs for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists in grantsmanship, publishing, presentations, teaching and mentoring, ethics, and career planning.

James P. Collins (see Appendix B)

William (Bill) Galey is director of graduate and medical education programs at Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). He directs HHMI’s programs to enhance biomedical science graduate education and scientific training of medical students. He directs the HHMI Medical Research Fellows Program, which provides opportunities for medical students to engage in a year of intensive year of research. Dr. Galey was intimately involved in the HHMI partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges known as Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians (SFFP), which sets out the scientific competencies needed by physicians to practice medicine in the 21st century. Graduate education efforts under Dr. Galey’s direction include the Med into Grad Program, supporting efforts of graduate programs to graduate Ph.D.s with a strong understanding of medicine. Dr. Galey’s group also administers HHMI’s Gilliam Fellowship Program, supporting individuals committed to creating a more diverse professoriate. A new program known as the HHMI International Student Dissertation Research Fellowship Program has been initiated to support international graduate students during their dissertation research. Dr. Galey and his group also developed and conducted a highly successful partnership with the NIH to integrate graduate training in the physical and computational sciences with the biomedical sciences in a program known as Interfaces. Dr. Galey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon Medical School, and was a fellow of Harvard University. After a brief period in the pharmaceutical industry, he joined the University of New Mexico School of Medicine (UNMSOM) where he conducted research and taught medical and graduate students. Dr. Galey was active in the development of problem-based learning and other educational innovations while a faculty member at the University of New Mexico. He also held various administrative positions including associate dean for graduate studies and interim dean for research at UNMSOM before joining HHMI in 2002.

David M. Hillis is the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor in Natural Sciences at the University of Texas, in the Section of Integrative Biology.

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