Mark Hwang, graduate student in Bioengineering, has been awarded a National Research Service Award for Individual Pre-Doctoral M.D./Ph.D. students from the National Institutes of Health. Mark is a medical scholar pursing both an M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. The award consists of a research assistant stipend and benefits, tuition and fees, and a yearly allowance to cover costs such as textbooks and supplies. The duration of the award is six years. Mark is a graduate research assistant in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Pack where their gene therapy research focuses on developing non-viral gene delivery vehicles that are non-immunogenic, non-pathogenic, easily produced, and targeted to specific tissue types. Fellowship winners were chosen based on their academic and research performance and potential, the merit of their research proposal and training plan, and the level of institutional commitment to the trainee. .