Alumna Alexandra Walling recently received the prestigious Helen Fellowship at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The Helen Fellowship is a unique opportunity for women to spend a year immersed in teaching and research at the AMNH in New York City. As a fellow, Alexandra will split her time between teaching and a research residency with museum curator Eunsoo Kim and her lab on a genomics project investigating the presence and effects of viral-like gene transfer agents on protists and their genomes. Additionally, the Helen Fellows contribute to mist/curriculum and teach within BridgeUp: STEM, a computational science program for high-school aged young women and middle-school aged boys and girls from New York City. Alexandra was a 2016 graduate of the Biology program at CSUMB and currently works for the School of Natural Sciences as a Biology Laboratory Support Technician. Congrats Alexandra!!