As part of HHMI’s longstanding commitment to catalyzing change in science education, we support the preparation of future teachers and K-12 educators. Since 1988, HHMI grants made to colleges and universities have supported the professional development of more than 110,000 in-service K-12 teachers.

Currently, HHMI supports the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) expansion of the UTeach Program to 10 research universities in the United States. NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to transform math and science education in the United States. UTeach, first developed at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, has become a leader in addressing the nation’s need for a new teaching force of highly qualified instructors in STEM subjects. UTeach enables students majoring in math, science or computer science to receive both their subject-matter degree and full teaching certification in four years at no extra time or cost. Each member school receives a grant from NMSI and is expected to match the grant from other sources. After five years, the school is expected to sustain the program by itself.

Under the terms of the HHMI grant, $20 million will enable ten universities to join UTeach; $1.25 million will support NMSI’s development of curricula and assessment for the UTeach program; and $1.25 million will support UTeach schools that choose to adopt HHMI’s successful Science Education Alliance PHAGES laboratory course, a national year-long course that engages undergraduates in authentic research. 

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