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Bowdoin Graduate Wins Hughes Fellowship

Story posted June 27, 2000

June 27, 2000


BRUNSWICK, MaineóRecent Bowdoin graduate Anand Mahadevan, class of 2000, has won a prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute predoctoral fellowship.

Mahadevan, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Brandeis University, joins ninety-one graduate students from 33 research institutions and 53 medical students from 19 medical schools as winners of the fellowships.

Mahadevan came to Bowdoin planning to study for a career in medicine, but he was soon convinced by his biology professors to pursue his interest in research and teaching. While a Bowdoin student, he spent one summer at the Institute of Neurobiology in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and one summer traveling to India and Germany for a research project. Mahadevan completed honors projects in both biology and German, receiving highest honors for the latter. He graduated summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Mahadevan credits his Bowdoin professors Patsy Dickinson, Barbara Lom and Jim Hodge with helping him decide on a college teaching career. "It is probably wonderful faculty mentors like Drs. Dickinson, Lom, and Hodge at Bowdoin whose amazing ideas and generous support made me realize that I too wanted to be in an open, supportive and intellectually challenging environment."

Predoctoral fellowship recipients receive $34,000 annually for five years of full-time study toward a Ph.D. or Sc.D. degree in the biological sciences. Medical student fellowships are $29,000 awards for a year of full-time basic biomedical research.

Since 1988 HHMI has awarded $124 million to 894 predoctoral fellows from the United States and 41 other countries. Since research training fellowships for medical students first were offered in 1989, the Institute has awarded a total of $27 million to 870 medical students from the U.S. and 17 other nations.

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