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2014 HHMI Grants to Research Universities

Summary

Through its 2014 Sustaining Excellence competition, HHMI is awarding new science education grants that will support activities at 37 research universities.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded new grants that will support activities at 37 research universities in the following thematic areas:

Student Learning and Faculty Development Communities

The development of learning communities will improve interactions between and among students and faculty, which will impact the institutional climate and culture. Activities include those designed to support (i) students in the areas of engagement, enthusiasm, math competency, foundational science, self-efficacy, and science identity, (ii) faculty in mentoring, advising, teaching, instruction, and collaborations, and (iii) student-faculty interactions, relationships, and perceptions. These activities support all student populations, especially introductory-level, non-traditional, transfer, at-risk and underrepresented students.

School

Location

Award Amount

College of William & Mary

Williamsburg, VA

($1.5M)

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

($1.2M)

Duke University

Durham, NC

($1.5M)

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

($1.9M)

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, IL

($1.9M)

Portland State University

Portland, OR

($2.0M)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

($1.2M)

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

($1.5M)

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

($1.9M)

University of Maryland, College Park

College Park, MD

($1.2M)

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

($1.2M)

University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

($1.2M)

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

($1.4M)

Introductory Course and Curriculum Development

HHMI grants will support major reform of introductory STEM courses (also known as gateway/gatekeeper courses). The changes impact instructional practices and pedagogy, and activities include providing active-learning and inquiry-based experiences to students, restructuring the curriculum for STEM degrees, measuring the effectiveness of student learning, and incorporating evidence-based teaching practices and educational research scholarship.

School

Location

Award Amount

Brown University

Providence, RI

($1.5M)

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

($1.2M)

Florida International University

Miami, FL

($1.5M)

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

($1.5M)

Oklahoma State University

Stillwater, OK

($1.5M)

University of California, Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, CA

($1.5M)

University of California, Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz, CA

($1.5M)

University of Houston

Houston, TX

($1.5M)

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

($1.5M)

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

($1.5M)

Yale University

New Haven, CT

($1.2M)

Course-based Research Experiences (CREs)

Using HHMI support, universities will redesign and/or expand introductory science laboratory courses to immerse undergraduates in research experiences. The courses provide project-based and discovery-based studies or modules where the students’ research results can benefit faculty members’ research.

School

Location

Award Amount

Howard University

Washington, DC

($1.4M)

New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

($1.9M)

Rice University

Houston, TX

($1.9M)

University of California, Riverside

Riverside, CA

($2.4M)

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO

($1.5M)

University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

($1.2M)

University of Miami

Miami, FL

($1.5M)

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI

($1.5M)

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

($1.5M)

Adaptation of Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) Models

HHMI grants will support the adaptation and implementation of the FRI program originally developed at the University of Texas at Austin. Students work in research streams under the guidance of their faculty and graduate student mentors in teams, and individual students can have their own independent projects with the potential to publish their work. UT Austin will be expanding the program to accommodate transfer students.

School

Location

Award Amount

Iowa State University

Ames, IA

($1.2M)

State University of New York at Binghamton

Binghamton, NY

($1.2M)

University of Texas at El Paso

El Paso, TX

($2.4M)

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX

($2.4M)

For More Information

Jim Keeley
[ 301-215-8858 ]
Robert Gutnikoff
[ 301-215-8627 ]