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Rice University wins Prestigious Grants from HHMI

Rice University, which is renowned for its exemplary teaching and research experience has won three highly covetous grants from Howard Hughes Medical Institute// (HHMI) to develop model programs for the country which can provide engineering and science undergraduate teaching with cutting-edge research.

Professors Bonnie Bartel, the Ralph and Dorothy Looney Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Jennifer West, the director of Rice's Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, the Isabel C. Cameron Professor of Bioengineering and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering of the Rice University, have been selected to the noble ranks of its HHMI Professor program. HHMI also announced funding today for existing HHMI Professor Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Stanley C. Moore Professor in bioengineering, electrical and computer engineering.

This highly competitive program is a four-year, $1 million grants for researchers to develop new programs, which combine undergraduate teaching with research. The leadership of Rice University in this program is evident from the fact that it has been awarded three times of the entire 40-award span of the program.

The aim of the HHMI Professor program is to invigorate teaching in science and engineering with the help of laboratory research.

Professor Bartel's has undertaken "From Reading to Research: Introducing Undergraduates to Research from the Outside In," as the topic of research for the HHMI Professor program. This would be an attempt to involve freshman and sophomores with the aid of small, interactive classes with practical lab training.

Bartel plans to develop these classes such that a graduate student or a postdoctoral researcher who will discuss a newly published research article of a local laboratory, in detail, will lead them. Laboratory tours, reviews of experimental data and equipment, interviews with researchers are some of the planned activities.


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