Evaluation and curriculum design projects received $50,000 grants from HHMI.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded two $50,000 grants for projects to improve science curricula and evaluation of student and teacher programs.
The Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah received a grant to design and conduct a workshop on science curriculum development, in collaboration with the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
The other grant went to Boston University School of Medicine's CityLab to create an online resource center for the evaluation of science education programs, which all HHMI grantees could use. CityLab will collaborate with the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center of West Virginia University, the University of Washington, the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the Partners in Health Sciences program at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis.
The two-year grants were designed to help grantees work together on creative ways to address challenges faced by science educators. The funding enables them to develop projects that are outside the scope of their individual grants. Eleven programs competed for the awards.
The Institute spends more than $105 million annually to enhance science education at all levels, from preschool through postgraduate training. Through its grants program, HHMI also supports the research of biomedical scientists outside the United States and helps medical schools sustain their commitment to research.