Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program
Through its Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program, HHMI seeks to recruit and develop the future leaders of science and science educators and enhance science literacy among all students. As we work to develop the nation's talent pool, we recognize that students from groups underrepresented in science are a vital resource. More information follows on the program's three initiativesprecollege, undergraduate, and HHMI professorsthat are focused on these goals.
Precollege Science Education
Grants for Biomedical Research Institutions
This grant initiative enables medical schools, academic health centers, and independent research institutions to engage in community outreach to pre-K to 12th-grade students and teachers. The initiative seeks to take advantage of these institutions' specialized labs, research scientists, and other unique resources. Grants are awarded through competitions held every five years. Participation in the competitions is by invitation only.
Washington, D.C., Area Initiatives
HHMI provides special grants to institutions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, where HHMI's headquarters and Janelia Farm Research Campus are located. These include Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools, Prince George's County (Maryland) Public Schools, Loudoun County (Virginia) Public Schools, the Audubon Naturalist Society, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools
HHMI is partnering with the school district on two projects: a biotechnology teacher training and equipment loan program and a science leadership project for elementary school teachers.
Prince George's County (Maryland) Public Schools
HHMI is partnering with Eleanor Roosevelt High School's Science and Technology magnet program on a statistics manual for students; a student research course; teacher professional development in physics, chemistry, and research; a high school engineering curriculum; and student internships at the National Institutes of Health.
Loudoun County (Virginia) Public Schools
HHMI is partnering with the school district on the following projects: a scholarship program for outstanding science students, a science academy, a summer science camp, an elementary science curriculum initiative, and an initiative to expose more students to authentic research.
Audubon Naturalist Society
This grant funds environmental education workshops for elementary school teachers and support for schools to incorporate the environment into their instructional programs.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
This grant provides outdoor field experiences for students and teacher professional development at 15 environmental education centers throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Undergraduate Science Education
National Experiment in Undergraduate Science Education (NEXUS)
NEXUS, a four-year, $1.8 million National Experiment in Undergraduate Science Education, is a new HHMI education initiative that brings together four universities with an ambitious goal: create and share effective models for teaching interdisciplinary science, including new courses and ways of assessing how well they work. Together, Purdue University, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Miami will work collaboratively to develop competency-based undergraduate curricula that build connections across the science disciplines. More
Science Education Alliance
The Science Education Alliance (SEA) represents an innovative way by which HHMI can significantly impact science education across the education continuum. It creates the opportunity to bring leading scientists and educators together to develop, implement, and/or disseminate vetted and novel methods, technologies, and practices that can broaden scientific understanding and participation.
Grants for Colleges and Universities
These grant initiatives support undergraduate science education and precollege outreach activities at liberal arts colleges and research universities throughout the United States. HHMI funding enables these institutions to expand research opportunities for undergraduates, attract and retain faculty, support new courses and laboratories, and create outreach programs for students and teachers at elementary and secondary schools in their communities, and at local community colleges. Grants are awarded through competitions that are held every two years, alternating between colleges and universities. Participation in the competitions is by invitation only.
This competitive grant program is intended to empower leading scientists at research universities to work more closely with undergraduates at their home institutions and to provide other institutions with innovative models for transmitting the excitement and values of scientific research to undergraduate education. Selected institutions are invited by HHMI to nominate faculty members to compete for the HHMI Professors awards. Through participation in the Society of HHMI Professors, current and former HHMI professors are encouraged to share ideas and collaborate to improve science education. View abstracts of HHMI professors
Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP)
EXROP provides talented undergraduates from disadvantaged backgrounds with summer research experiences in the labs of HHMI investigators and HHMI professors. The students are selected to apply by HHMI professors and invited directors of HHMI-funded undergraduate programs at colleges and universities. EXROP students also attend meetings at HHMI headquarters where they present their research in a poster session, network with their peers and HHMI scientists, and hear from scientific researchers from various backgrounds and stages in their careers. More
National Research Council (NRC)
HHMI helped to fund a study on how best to prepare undergraduates for biomedical research careers. The resulting report, Bio2010: Transforming Undergraduate Education for Future Research Biologists, is available from National Academies Press. The report's findings informed the programmatic objectives of HHMI's recent grant competition for liberal arts colleges.