HHMI awards a grant to the National Research Council to study the education, training and experience that undergraduates need to become successful research biologists.

What kind of education, training and experience do undergraduates need today if they are to become successful research biologists in the future? That's the question that the National Research Council will examine in a new study that has received $100,000 in support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

New study by the National Research Council will consider how to prepare tomorrow's

The National Research Councilthe operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineeringwill assemble a committee of experts from universities and elsewhere to consider how undergraduates can best gain the knowledge and skills needed for research careers in the rapidly changing biomedical sciences. The committee will compare the educational needs of this area with those in related disciplines and discuss how educators should deal with emerging fields such as bioinformatics. It also will form subpanels to examine how biology education relates to disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics and engineering.

The committee will produce a report with recommendations, along with case studies and a review of best practices. The three-year project, which will be administered by the National Research Council's Board on Biology, has a total budget of $1.2 million.

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