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HHMI Grants Connect Research Institutions with Local Schools

Summary

A $22.5 million initiative aims to close the gap between research institutions and their local communities by supporting educational programs intended to stimulate interest in science, particularly among young students.

A $22.5 million initiative announced by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute aims to close the gap between research institutions and their local communities by supporting educational programs intended to stimulate an interest in science, particularly among young students.

The institutions receiving the grants include medical schools, hospitals, research institutions, a school of dentistry and a school of veterinary medicine. Fifteen of these institutions are first-time recipients of a grant from HHMI's precollege program. Each grantee has developed individualized programs and activities to enhance the understanding and appreciation of science within its community. Their outreach efforts are aimed at students from kindergarten to 12th grade, as well as teachers, families, and other community members.

“These grants provide a unique opportunity for the biomedical research community to provide hands-on experiences and rich content to students and teachers, extending their impact to a broader range of the education continuum.”

Peter J. Bruns

"These grants provide a unique opportunity for the biomedical research community to provide hands-on experiences and rich content to students and teachers, extending their impact to a broader range of the education continuum," said Peter J. Bruns, HHMI's vice president for grants and special programs.

The grants range from $529,308 to $750,000 and will be distributed over a five-year period to support new programs or ongoing activities with a demonstrated record of success in stimulating interest in science.

Many of the grantees will aim to improve science education by enhancing teachers' knowledge of scientific concepts and how science is done. These programs will help teachers develop hands-on, inquiry-based activities that they can share with their students. Other projects will target students directly, teaching them to how to think like scientists. And some will enhance parents' and other community members' understanding of scientific concepts, thereby strengthening the support available to foster the interest of the children.

Together, the grants are expected to help broaden access to science across diverse populations. "Many of these institutions are reaching out to traditionally underserved populations," said Jill Conley, director of HHMI's precollege science education program. "They are also engaging girls in science at a particularly critical time in their educational development."

A total of 297 institutions were invited to submit proposals for the outreach grants through a competition announced last year. In September 2006, 127 proposals arrived at HHMI from institutions representing 42 states, which were reviewed by a panel of leading scientists and educators.

The largest privately funded education initiative of its kind in the United States, HHMI's grants program is enhancing science education for students at all levels, from the earliest grades through advanced training. Since 1988 HHMI has awarded approximately $1.5 billion in grants. Ten of this year's awardees received a grant from HHMI during the Institute's community outreach grant competition in 2003.

Institution

Award

Baylor College of Medicine*
Houston, TX

$749,627

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Long Island, NY

$746,243

Dartmouth Medical School
Hanover, NH

$749,958

Duke University School of Medicine*
Durham, NC

$749,957

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center*
Seattle, WA

$696,000

Indiana University School of Medicine
Indianapolis, IN

$661,958

Institute for Systems Biology
Seattle, WA

$721,734

Jackson Laboratory*
Bar Harbor, ME

$749,000

Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute*
Albuquerque, NM

$742,678

Marine Biological Laboratory
Woods Hole, MA

$725,225

McLaughlin Research Institute
Great Falls, MT

$529,308

Oregon Health & Science University
School of Medicine
Portland, OR

$738,955

Purdue University West Lafayette
School of Veterinary Medicine
West Lafayette, IN

$749,755

Queen's Medical Center
Honolulu, HI

$747,644

Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, CA

$748,330

UCLA School of Dentistry
Los Angeles, CA

$748,337

University of California, School of Medicine (San Diego)
San Diego, CA

$750,000

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine*
Cincinnati, OH

$696,000

University of Florida College of Medicine
Gainesville, FL

$676,543

University of Mississippi School of Medicine*
Jackson, MS

$695,923

University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine
Columbia, MO

$750,000

*University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Galveston, TX

$750,000

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, TX

$749,908

University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

$750,000

University of Toledo College of Medicine
Toledo, OH

$749,820

University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, UT

$750,000

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Madison, WI

$745,500

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Richmond, VA

$750,000

Wake Forest University Health Sciences*
Winston-Salem, NC

$696,000

Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

$736,852

West Virginia University School of Medicine*
Morgantown, WV

$696,000

*current grantees

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