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HHMI Professors
The HHMI professors are accomplished research scientists who also are deeply committed to making science more engaging for undergraduates.

Competition Now Open

The 2017 competition is now open. HHMI expects to appoint up to 15 new HHMI professors who will receive grants to enable them to develop and implement science education activities. HHMI seeks to support a community of professors that represents the depth and breadth of our scientific talent pool and capitalizes on the energy and perspective of our top scientists, including those traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

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Teaching and Research

The HHMI professors' innovative approaches to teaching are infusing undergraduate science with the excitement and rigor of scientific research, and are becoming models for fundamental reform of the way undergraduate science is taught at research universities. Through participation in the HHMI Professors Program, HHMI professors are encouraged to share ideas and collaborate to improve science education.

Each professor receives a five-year grant from HHMI and becomes a permanent member of the community of HHMI professors. Like all HHMI scientists, the HHMI professors have the freedom and support to follow their best ideas.

The 55 scientists who have been named HHMI professors since the program began in 2002 have introduced innovative approaches for teaching science in the classroom, expanded and enhanced student research opportunities, developed new educational resources, and implemented novel mentoring programs for student support. 


Please review the Competition Guidelines before beginning an application.

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Program Dates

  • Intent to Apply submission deadline: July 1, 2016
  • All application materials submitted: October 6, 2016
  • Symposium for finalists: October 2-4, 2017
  • Awards begin: January 1, 2018