Hunter Science Student Wins Gilliam Fellowship

Hunter senior Silvia Caballero has been selected as one of five outstanding young scientists from across the nation to receive a prestigious 2008 Gilliam Fellowship for Advanced Study.

These highly-competitive fellowships, awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, provide full support for up to five years of study toward a PhD for exceptional young people in the field of biomedical research. The awards are aimed at fostering excellence and diversity in education and science.

Now in her final year at Hunter, Caballero plans to further her research interests after graduation and then obtain a PhD in either immunology or virology.

Caballero came to New York from Peru at the age of 16 and learned English on her own in order to pursue her studies. In addition to her outstanding achievements at Hunter, she has already done remarkable work outside the classroom in both cancer and HIV research labs.

Caballero is the second Hunter student to be awarded a Gilliam Fellowship. Naira Cerceau Rezende (’05) was named a Fellow in 2005.