Tomás Lagunas Jr., a graduate student in the Dougherty Lab in the Department of Genetics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, was recently named a fellow of the Yale Ciencia Academy for Career Development. The program gives graduate students opportunities for mentoring, networking, and skills development, and prepares them for scientific outreach in their communities. The program is led by the non-profit organization Ciencia Puerto Rico (CienciaPR), in collaboration with Yale University.

““The Yale Ciencia Academy complements traditional graduate training with access to a diverse network of peers, role models and advisors”, said Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina, Principal Investigator and Director of the YCA, in a statement. “The goal is to help students gain clarity in their academic and professional goals and become the scientists they want to be. We are excited about the talent and promise among this new class of YCA fellows.”

As part of his fellowship, Tomás will attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting this week in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Tomás!