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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards $12.7 Million

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Awards $12.7 Million

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Medical schools and research institutions in 24 states will receive $12.7 million in grants from HHMI to enrich science education in local schools and help attract a broad range of students to biomedical careers.

Thirty-five biomedical research institutions in 24 states will receive $12.7 million in grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to enrich science education in local schools and help attract a broad range of students to biomedical careers. A list of the award recipients is attached.

This brings to nearly $150 million the grants awarded by HHMI to help improve science education at the elementary and secondary school level.

The four-year awards will fund a variety of innovative programs for students and teachers, such as computer-networked DNA laboratories, partnerships between working scientists and science teachers, and mentoring programs that encourage rural and inner city youngsters to explore the biomedical sciences.

Ranging from $225,000 to $500,000, the new grants bring to $23 million the total awarded by HHMI since 1994 through this precollege science education initiative, which focuses on the unique - and often underutilized - resources of medical schools and other biomedical research institutions. The grants help the institutions to develop partnerships with neighboring schools and share their specialized labs and highly trained researchers with the community.

"With their wonderful scientists and research facilities, these institutions have proven to be an invaluable resource to schools," said Purnell W. Choppin, HHMI's president. "They have helped large numbers of students and teachers to learn first-hand about the remarkable advances occurring in the biological sciences. With this second round of awards, we continue to encourage collaboration among researchers, science educators, students and families, and to expand the opportunities for teachers and students to conduct research alongside real scientists."

The new awards support programs of three kinds:

  • Teacher professional development.
  • Student activities.
  • Projects such as curriculum development and World Wide Web-based activities, involving students, teachers and others.

More than 200 institutions were invited to compete for the awards. The successful proposals typically feature close ties with local schools and community partners. Many focus on underserved populations such as inner city youth, under-represented minorities and rural residents; some target the science education curriculum of entire school systems or states.

"These awards highlight the revolution in the use of technology, particularly the Web, to supplement hands-on experiences for teachers and students," said Joseph G. Perpich, HHMI's vice president for grants and special programs. "Students and teachers alike are benefiting from projects that will network teachers with scientists and provide access to extensive genetic databases and other curricular resources."

Since 1988, HHMI has awarded $149.5 million for precollege science education through several programs, including $23 million for this and a previous round of grants to biomedical research institutions, and $19 million for efforts at museums, zoos, botanical gardens and aquaria. HHMI also has awarded $97 million for precollege outreach programs at colleges and universities, $6.5 million for science education activities in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, and $4 million for the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation's summer institutes for high school biology teachers.

These precollege efforts are part of the Institute's larger grants program - the biggest private initiative in U.S. history to enhance the quality of science education. Since 1988, HHMI has granted $709 million, primarily for science education from preschool through postgraduate training. For more information see www.hhmi.org/grants.

1999 Grant Awards

Institution

City/State

Award Amount

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

$325,000

Boston University School of Medicine

Boston, MA

$350,000

Carnegie Institution of Washington

Washington, DC

$450,000

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cleveland, OH

$425,000

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Cold Spring Harbor, NY

$500,000

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

New York, NY

$350,000

Creighton University School of Medicine

Omaha, NE

$225,000

Fox Chase Cancer Center

Philadelphia, PA

$325,000

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Seattle, WA

$475,000

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

$300,000

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, MA

$300,000

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Oklahoma City, OK

$375,000

Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center

Hershey, PA

$300,000

Rockefeller University

New York, NY

$350,000

Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center

Chicago, IL

$350,000

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

$325,000

University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

La Jolla, CA

$400,000

University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

$475,000

University of California-San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

$475,000

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

$325,000

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Cincinnati, OH

$300,000

University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

$350,000

University of Massachusetts Worcester

Worcester, MA

$300,000

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School

Newark, NJ

$350,000

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

$300,000

University of Mississippi School of Medicine

Jackson, MS

$425,000

University of Nevada School of Medicine

Reno, NV

$400,000

University of South Dakota School of Medicine

Sioux Falls, SD

$425,000

University of Utah School of Medicine

Salt Lake City, UT

$400,000

University of Washington School of Medicine

Seattle, WA

$500,000

University of Wisconsin Medical School

Madison, WI

$300,000

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Winston-Salem, NC

$300,000

Washington University School of Medicine

St. Louis, MO

$325,000

West Virginia University, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center

Morgantown, WV

$300,000

Yale University School of Medicine

New Haven, CT

$300,000

 

Total

$12,675,000