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HHMI Awards $80 Millionfor Undergraduate Science Education at Research Universities

Summary

New grants will nurture teaching and promote interdisciplinary courses.

Undergraduate biology education is in the midst of a revolution, and 44 research universities will receive $80 million from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to help them address the challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdisciplinary science. The grants will support programs that encourage graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to hone their teaching skills. Other programs will bring emerging scientific disciplines such as genomics and computational biology into the undergraduate curriculum and encourage minorities to pursue careers in science.

The four-year grants to universities in 28 states and the District of Columbia range from $1.2 million to $2.2 million each. A panel of scientists and educators reviewed proposals from 189 institutions.

Biology is progressing so rapidly and interfacing with so many other disciplines that undergraduate teaching runs the risk of substituting quantity for quality, says HHMI President Thomas R. Cech, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemist. Through these grants, the Institute is providing resources to help universities bring their undergraduate science teaching up to the level of their research programs.

The dichotomy between research and teaching concerns Peter J. Bruns, vice president for grants and special programs. One barrier to linking research and education is the lack of opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellowswho are the future professorsto acquire teaching skills and experience, says Bruns, who was a professor of biology at Cornell University before he joined HHMI.

The new grants support programs that can become models for bringing undergraduate teaching and research closer together, as well as exposing undergraduates to emerging fields in biology and to the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of the life sciences. They also support efforts to attract minorities to science and to encourage them to choose scientific careers. Programs include interdisciplinary laboratory courses in areas such as bioinformatics, proteomics and tissue engineering, as well as new faculty, laboratory equipment, curriculum development and student research opportunities.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Undergraduate Biological Sciences
Education Program
2002 Grant Awards

Institution

Location

Amount

California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, CA

$1.8 million

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA

$2.2 million

Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, OH

$1.2 million

Clemson University

Clemson, SC

$1.8 million

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

$1.6 million

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

$1.9 million

Duke University

Durham, NC

$1.8 million

Emory University

Atlanta, GA

$1.8 million

Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL

$1.6 million

George Washington University

Washington, DC

$1.7 million

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

$2.2 million

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

$1.6 million

Indiana University at Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

$2.2 million

The Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

$2.2 million

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

$1.6 million

Louisiana State University and A&M; College

Baton Rouge, LA

$1.8 million

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

$2 million

Montana State University

Bozeman, MT

$1.9 million

New York University

New York, NY

$1.7 million

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC

$1.6 million

Oklahoma State University Main Campus

Stillwater, OK

$1.6 million

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

$1.9 million

Princeton University

Princeton, NJ

$1.9 million

Purdue University

West Lafayette, IN

$2 million

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

$1.2 million

Stanford University

Stanford, CA

$2 million

State University of New York at Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY

$1.9 million

Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

$2 million

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

$1.8 million

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

$1.8 million

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

$1.2 million

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$2 million

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$1.2 million

University of Colorado at Boulder

Boulder, CO

$2.2 million

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

$1.7 million

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Urbana, IL

$1.7 million

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

$2 million

University of Maryland

College Park, MD

$1.8 million

University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

$2.1 million

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

$1.7 million

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, NC

$1.6 million

University of Washington

Seattle, WA

$2.2 million

Washington University

St. Louis, MO

$2.2 million

Yale University

New Haven, CT

$2.1 million

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