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UI medical student selected for research scholars program

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Allen Waziri, a University of Iowa College of Medicine sophomore, has been chosen as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Scholar, also known as the Cloister Program.

Waziri, of Iowa City, is one of 43 students who will make up the 1997-98 HHMI-NIH class. He was chosen from among 206 applicants, representing 88 medical schools.

As an HHMI-NIH research scholar, Waziri will live close to the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., and have the opportunity to conduct research for one year in the NIH laboratory of his choice.

The selection process involves a comprehensive review of the student's submitted written application and supporting documents followed by individual interviews of selected applicants. It is conducted by a committee of senior NIH scientists and senior scientific officers of HHMI.

HHMI is the largest philanthropic organization in the country, with a total endowment of about $9.6 billion. It supports medical research in five scientific areas: cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology. Its biomedical research expenditures this year will total about $338 million.

It was founded in 1953 by the wealthy aviator/industrialist to promote basic sciences and the effective application of findings to the benefit of humankind.