2012 Grants for Baccalaureate and Master's Colleges and Universities
A list of the 47 small colleges and universities awarded a four-year grant in HHMI's science education initiative.
Preparing Future K-12 Teachers
Strategies include providing authentic research experiences to students who will become teachers; engaging undergraduates in K-12 outreach activities; and creating joint faculty appointments shared by education and science departments.
Proposed programs include implementing the recommendations of the Scientific Foundations for Future Physicians report (AAMC-HHMI, 2009); recruiting new faculty who will teach in interdisciplinary areas; and creating inquiry-based learning opportunities throughout the curriculum.
Defining and Assessing Scientific Literacy
Strategies include identifying the elements that contribute to scientific literacy among students, developing scientific teaching pedagogical skills among faculty, and providing science students an understanding of the ethical and political impacts of science.
Persistence of All Students
Programs to encourage the success in science of students from all backgrounds. Strategies include research experiences, mini-grants for faculty mentoring, pre-freshman "bridge" programs, curriculum redesign, and faculty and staff training.
CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences)
Approaches include expanding the HHMI SEA-PHAGES course to all first-year science students, and integrating authentic research modules throughout the curriculum.
These schools are recognized for their sustained excellence and important contributions to undergraduate science education. Over the next four years, the Capstone awardees will have the opportunity to engage in a summative assessment of their programs, identifying key strategies that have helped them overcome barriers. Their experiences will enable the Capstone schools to provide leadership to other grantee institutions.