Please join me in congratulating MARC U*STAR Fellows Mariluz Soula, Karla Montejo and Alexander Durango on their selection as 2017 Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) EXceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP) award recipients. This is quite an accomplishment for these amazing students, our program, and FIU! They will be learning which summer programs and which mentors they will be working with over the coming weeks. Congratulations to all of them on being accepted into such a prestigious program! We know you will do outstanding work and represent us well!