Kevin Cox Jr., 28, asked a lot of questions as a child. He wanted to know how and why things came to be.
The plant biologist, a Florissant native, figured his curiosity would take him into the medical field, but at the end of his sophomore year at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, he found a new interest: microbes.
Eventually, his inquisitive nature paid off. In September, he landed a $1.4 million fellowship from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The money will fund his work as a plant science fellow at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Read the full story here.
By Andrea Henderson, St. Louis Public Radio