Inclusive Excellence

HHMI provides grants to four-year colleges and universities to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of students from all backgrounds in science.

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HHMI promotes leadership in science education through peer-reviewed grants competitions for four-year colleges and universities. The competitions enable HHMI to highlight important national issues in science education, support science faculty in addressing these challenges, and encourage institutions to become leaders in science education excellence.

Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence represents a new strategy for HHMI’s grants to institutions. Grants awarded in 2017 and 2018 aim to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways. A total of 57 schools were awarded in the 2017 and 2018 Inclusive Excellence initiative

Between 1988 and 2014, competitions for research universities alternated with competitions for primarily undergraduate colleges. That work has contributed to several advances in undergraduate science education, including:

  • Engaging large numbers of undergraduates in authentic research, including course-based research experiences
  • Developing the teaching skills of undergraduate science and mathematics majors who plan to become teachers
  • Establishing approaches and practices to broaden participation so that students of all backgrounds are encouraged to learn science
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For the 2017 and 2018 Inclusive Excellence competitions, grantee colleges and universities were awarded five-year, non-renewable $1 million grants to support efforts in inclusive science education. Faculty and staff at Inclusive Excellence schools join a national community of science education leaders and advocates, including through regional Peer Implementation Clusters stretching from Hawaii and the west coast to the east coast.

Program Directors of institutional grants have multiple opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from each other and the broader science education community. For Inclusive Excellence grantees, HHMI offers a kick-off meeting for new directors and other key players in the grants, an annual meeting of program directors, an annual meeting for each Peer Implementation Cluster, and an online forum in the AAC&U’s STEM Central.

HHMI has partnered with the AAC&U to support an Inclusive Excellence Commission, which is evaluating how institutions are changing to become more inclusive, and will disseminate what is being learned to the broader science education community.

 

Inclusive Excellence

The first round of Inclusive Excellence grants were awarded in 2017 and the second round in 2018. 

To have been eligible for the 2017 or 2018 rounds, an institution must have met the following requirements:

1. Be a not-for-profit, four year institution in one of the following Basic Classification categories as identified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (carnegieclassification.iu.edu):

  • Baccalaureate Colleges--arts and sciences focus and diverse fields
  • Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
  • Master's Colleges and Universities--larger, medium, and smaller programs
  • Doctoral/Research Universities--highest (R1), higher (R2), and moderate (R3) research activity
  • Tribal College

2. Offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences or offer a single baccalaureate degree that is inclusive of the natural sciences.

3. Be accredited and in good standing with the appropriate regional accrediting organization.

4. Not a 2014 HHMI undergraduate science education grant recipient.

Both the 2017 and 2018 rounds of Inclusive Excellence included an Intent to Apply, followed by a pre-proposal stage.

HHMI selected finalists from the pre-proposals and invited those institutions to submit a full proposal. Institutions that submitted full proposals but were not awarded in 2017 were invited to submit full proposals in the 2018 competition. HHMI selected 57 four-year colleges and universities over the two competition rounds and awarded each institution a five-year, $1 million grant.

The program announcement provides details about the Inclusive Excellence competitions. More information about the 2017 and 2018 awardees is available in the news release of June 2017 and news release of June 2018.

2017 Program Dates 2018 Program Dates
Intent to Apply
CLOSED
Intent to Apply
CLOSED
Pre-proposal Application
CLOSED
Pre-preposal Application Due
CLOSED
Invitation to submit full proposals
CLOSED
Invitation to submit full proposals
CLOSED
Full Proposals Due
CLOSED
Full Proposals Due
CLOSED
Announcement of Awards
May 2017
Announcement of Awards
June 2018
First Grant Payment
September 2017
First Grant Payment
September 2018

 

Arizona State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: James Collins

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Bates College

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Paula Schlax

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Brandeis University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Irving Epstein

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California State University, Los Angeles

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Andre Ellis

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California State University, San Marcos

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: George Vourlitis

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Chaminade University of Honolulu

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Helen Turner

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Davidson College

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Barbara Lom

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Delaware State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Vincent Fondong

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DePauw University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Jacqueline Roberts

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Framingham State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Catherine Dignam

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Humboldt State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Amy Sprowles

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James Madison University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Timothy Bloss

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Kalamazoo College

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: James Langeland

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Kennesaw State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Mark Anderson

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Kenyon College

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: John Hofferberth

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Lawrence Technological University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Lior Shamir

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Lawrence University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Stefan Debbert

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Mercy College

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Jose Herrera

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Mount Mary University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Lynn Diener

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Norfolk State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Ashley Haines

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North Carolina State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Vicki Martin

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Northeastern University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Mary Jo Ondrechen

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Oberlin College

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Marta Laskowski

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Oregon State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Martin Storksdieck

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Radford University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: J. Orion Rogers

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Rochester Institute of Technology

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Scott Franklin

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Roosevelt University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Kelly Wentz–Hunter

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San Francisco State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Kimberly Tanner

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Stony Brook University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Ross Nehm

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Syracuse University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: George Langford

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The College of New Jersey

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Jeffrey Osborn

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Towson University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Laura Gough

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Trinity Washington University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Cynthia DeBoy

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Tufts University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Roger Tobin

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University of California, Davis

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Marc Facciotti

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University of California, Los Angeles

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Tracy Johnson

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University of California, Merced

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Jennifer Manilay

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University of Colorado Denver

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Richard Allen

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University of Houston, Downtown

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Akif Uzman

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University of Illinois at Chicago

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Henrik Aratyn

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University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Elizabeth Connor

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University of Missouri, Columbia

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Marcelle Siegel

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University of Northern Colorado

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Susan Keenan

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University of Puerto Rico, Humacao

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Lilliam Casillas-Martinez

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University of St. Thomas

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: J. Roxanne Prichard

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University of South Dakota

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Brian Burrell

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University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Saraswathy Nair

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University of Utah

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Holly Godsey

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University of Wisconsin, Madison

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Janet Branchaw

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Utah State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Alan Savitzky

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Vassar College

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Jodi Schwarz

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Virginia Commonwealth University

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Rosalyn Hargraves

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Jill Sible

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Washington University in St. Louis

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Regina Frey

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Wellesley College

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Megan Núñez

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Western Washington University

Inclusive Excellence / 2017–Present

Program Director: Joann Otto

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Wheaton College

Inclusive Excellence / 2018–Present

Program Director: Meg Kirkpatrick

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