While teaching her first class at Stanford last spring, Biology Assistant Professor Erin Mordecai wasn’t afraid to set the bar high. She challenged her students to tackle the emergence of Zika as the epidemic continued to grab headlines. She also made it known that, even though most of them were freshmen, they had a real shot at getting their research published. Nearly a year later, that extraordinary idea paid off. The 16 students in the seminar, plus Mordecai and a graduate student in the Peay lab, published their findings Feb. 9 in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.