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HHMI awards $79 million for science education to research universities, top scientists
Date:5/20/2010

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced new grants totaling $79 million that will help universities strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education nationwide. The resources will let faculty at research universities pursue some of their most creative ideas by developing new ways to teach and inspire students about science and research.

HHMI is making the awards through its Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program and the HHMI Professors Programtwo complementary initiatives that are transforming science education in the United States.

Fifty research universities in 30 states and the District of Columbia will be awarded a total of $70 million through the undergraduate program. The schools will use the grants, which range from $800,000 to $2 million over four years, to develop creative, research-based courses and curricula; to give more students vital experience working in the lab; and to improve science teaching from elementary school through college.

The HHMI Professors Program supports a small group of leading research scientists who are committed to making science more engaging to undergraduates. Thirteen HHMI professors will receive a total of $9 million over four years to focus on solving important problems facing science education, such as how best to bring research into the classroom, teach large introductory science courses, and encourage students from diverse backgrounds to become scientists.

"HHMI is committed to funding education programs that excite students' interest in science," says HHMI President Robert Tjian. "We hope that these programs will shape the way students look at the worldwhether those students ultimately choose to pursue a career in science or not."

HHMI, the nation's largest private funder of science education, has spent $1.6 billion since 1985 to reform life sciences education from elementary through graduate school. At the undergraduate level
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Contact: Andrea Widener
widenera@hhmi.org
301-215-8807
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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