HHMI Constellation Studios

HHMI facilitates synergy among its constellation of Professors and Institutional grantees.

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HHMI established the Science Education Constellation Studios in 2014 to respond to the needs of the HHMI grantee community. The Studios are held in the fall and spring of each year, are organized and chaired by HHMI program directors and professors, with full support from HHMI staff, and engage 40-50 participants each meeting. Each Studio is constructed to provide an opportunity for participants to explore a particular shared interest or challenge through focused activities and interactions with each other as well as invited science education experts.  They are intended to initiate ongoing conversations that provide information and a supportive context for science educators to advance the success of their own campus initiatives.    

The Constellation Studios derive their name from the Lockheed L-049 Constellation (“Connie”) aircraft, commissioned by TWA in 1939 based on visionary performance specifications set by then stockholder Howard Hughes.  This innovative airplane was designed as a 40-passenger craft with ambitious transcontinental range, and has become an icon from the era that revolutionized passenger flight technology and the air travel industry.

The Lockheed L-1649 Starliner was the last model of the Lockheed Constellation line.


  • Opportunity to interact with your fellow program directors and professors and others in the science education community twice per year during the grant term.
  • Studio theme and agenda responsive to needs of HHMI grantee community.
  • Ability to dig into topics in small group sessions.
  • Make contacts and learn about other resources to assist you after you leave the Studio.
  • Be informed about perspectives from science education thought leaders.
  • Continue to engage with your Studio colleagues and others via Studio-specific groups on AAAS' online community of scientists, Trellis.
  • All travel and accommodations arranged and paid by HHMI.

HHMI professors and active program directors are eligible to attend each Studio, with priority for the first wave of registration given to those who did not attend the previous year’s Studios.

Persons outside the HHMI grant community may be invited by the co-chairs to serve as presenters or other guests with special roles.

A year prior, HHMI announces the dates for the fall and spring Studios and invites all HHMI professors and active program directors to submit concepts for the two Studios, along with an indication of willingness to participate in the planning committee comprising two professor/program director co-chairs. Studio concepts must be aligned with the objectives of the undergraduate program.

Once an internal committee of HHMI staff selects the two Studio topics, HHMI invites professors and program directors with grants active at the time of the Studio to register in two waves on a first come first served basis about two months prior to the event. Those who have not had a chance or have had fewer chances to attend a Studio are part of the first wave of registrations.

Professors and program directors may nominate someone with deep knowledge of their grant to attend on their behalf, along with a rationale for the substitution.