HHMI invites colleges, universities to compete for $48 million to enrich undergraduate science education.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has invited 224 colleges and universities to compete for grants totaling $48 million. The awards, to be made in 2000, will support programs to strengthen the quality of undergraduate science education. They will bring to more than $470 million the total that HHMI has awarded for this purpose since 1988.

Approximately 50 four-year grants will be awarded, ranging from $700,000 to $1.7 million. The awards will be used to expand research opportunities for students, attract talented women and underrepresented minorities to careers in science, recruit new faculty members, enrich science courses, update laboratories and reach out to community science teachers and their schools.

The competition focuses on institutions that primarily serve undergraduates, awarding bachelor’s and master’s degrees. A complete list of invited institutions is attached.

Those invited to compete were chosen from a field of 1,200, based on an analysis of the numbers and percentages of their graduates who went on to attend medical school or earn doctorates in biology, chemistry, physics or mathematics.

"HHMI’s undergraduate biological sciences education program is helping colleges and universities to bring cutting-edge science to undergraduates," said Purnell W. Choppin, HHMI president. "The program has had a major impact on how science is taught, for example by encouraging faculty members to integrate the biological and physical sciences in new ways. Campuses across the country are using these grants to attract talented students to careers in the life sciences and improve scientific literacy among non-scientists." Colleges and universities may apply for funds in four broad categories:

  • Hands-on laboratory research opportunities for undergraduates and programs to broaden access to science for women and underrepresented minorities.
  • Creating or revising courses to bridge scientific disciplines and modernizing laboratories.
  • Salaries and laboratory set-up costs for new faculty appointments and programs to enrich existing faculty members’ scientific and teaching expertise.
  • Programs linking college and university science departments with elementary and secondary schools, community colleges and other educational institutions.

Proposals are due October 15, 1999, and, for the first time at HHMI, will be submitted electronically on the World Wide Web. An external panel of distinguished scientists and educators will review the proposals. The panel’s recommendations, in turn, will be reviewed by HHMI staff, which will make recommendations to the Institute’s Trustees for funding. The awards will be made in May 2000 for grants beginning in August of that year.

This is the fifth in a series of undergraduate science education grants by HHMI to baccalaureate and master’s degree-granting institutions. Four other competitions have awarded grants to research and doctoral universities to strengthen their undergraduate biological sciences programs.

"These grants will build on the remarkable achievements of undergraduate grantees in bringing the biological revolution to the classroom," said Joseph G. Perpich, HHMI’s vice president for grants and special programs. "We see students making important contributions through their research, applications of information technology to science education, and stimulating laboratory opportunities for precollege science teachers and their students."

The undergraduate program is the largest of HHMI’s grants initiatives. Since 1988, HHMI has awarded more than $700 million in grants, primarily to enhance science education at all levels, from preschool to postgraduate. Information on HHMI’s grants programs can be found on the World Wide Web at .

HHMI Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program
2000 Award Competition Invitees

Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX

Albion College, Albion, MI

Albright College, Reading, PA

Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Alma College, Alma, MI

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Angelo State University, San Angelo, TX

Augusta State University, Augusta, GA

Augustana College, Rock Island, IL

Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD

Austin College, Sherman, TX

Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Barnard College, New York, NY

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

Bellarmine College, Louisville, KY

Beloit College, Beloit, WI

Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

Berea College, Berea, KY

Berry College, Mount Berry, GA

Birmingham Southern College, Birmingham, AL

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Butler University, Indianapolis, IN

California State Polytechnic University- Pomona, Pomona, CA

California State University-Fresno, Fresno, CA

California State University-Fullerton, Fullerton, CA

California State University-Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

California State University-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

California State University-Northridge, Northridge, CA

Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Carroll College, Helena, MT

Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City, TN

Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA

Central College, Pella, IA

Centre College, Danville, KY

Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN

The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY

City University of New York City College, New York, NY

City University of New York, Herbert H. Lehman College, Bronx, NY

City University of New York, Hunter College, New York, NY

City University of New York, Queens College, Flushing, NY

City University of New York, York College, Jamaica, NY

Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA

Colby College, Waterville, ME

Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

College of Wooster, Wooster, OH

Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO

Concordia College- Moorhead, Moorhead, MN

Connecticut College, New London, CT

Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA

Creighton University, Omaha, NE

David Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

Davidson College, Davidson, NC

Denison University, Granville, OH

DePauw University, Greencastle, IN

Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA

Dillard University, New Orleans, LA

Drake University, Des Moines, IA

Drew University, Madison, NJ Drury College, Springfield, MO

Earlham College, Richmond, IN

East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, FL

Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Fisk University, Nashville, TN

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL

Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA

Furman University, Greenville, SC

Gannon University, Erie, PA

Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY

Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA

Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Goshen College, Goshen, IN

Goucher College, Towson, MD

Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Gustavus Adolphus College, Saint Peter, MN

Hamilton College, Clinton, NY

Hamline University, Saint Paul, MN

Hampden-Sydney College, Hampden-Sydney, VA

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Hampton University, Hampton, VA

Hanover College, Hanover, IN

Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, CA

Hastings College, Hastings, NE

Haverford College, Haverford, PA

Hendrix College, Conway, AR

Hiram College, Hiram, OH

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY

Hope College, Holland, MI

Houghton College, Houghton, NY

Houston Baptist University, Houston, TX

Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA

Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL

Inter American University of Puerto Rico,
Metropolitan Campus, Hato Rey, PR

Jackson State University, Jackson, MS

John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH

Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA

Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo, MI

Kenyon College, Gambier, OH

Knox College, Galesburg, IL

La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA

Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY

Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR L

ouisiana College, Pineville, LA

Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Shreveport, LA

Loyola College in Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

Luther College, Decorah, IA

Macalester College, Saint Paul, MN

Manchester College, North Manchester, IN

Manhattan College, Bronx, NY

Marshall University, Huntington, WV

Mercer University, Macon, GA

Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, TX

Millsaps College, Jackson, MS

Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD

Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA

Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA

Murray State University, Murray, KY

Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, NE

North Georgia College and State University, Dahlonega, GA

Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, LA

Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Oakwood College, Huntsville, AL

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH

Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA

Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH

Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK

Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA

Point Loma Nazarene College, San Diego, CA

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

The Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, PR

Prairie View A&M; University, Prairie View, TX

Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC

Reed College, Portland, OR

Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Ripon College, Ripon, WI

Rockhurst College, Kansas City, MO

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN

Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN

Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA

Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN

Samford University, Birmingham, AL

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA

Siena College, Loudonville, NY

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

Smith College, Northampton, MA

South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD

Southern College of Seventh-Day Adventists, Collegedale, TN

Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK

Southern University and A&M; College at Baton Rouge,
Baton Rouge, LA

Southwestern University, Georgetown, TX

Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL

St. John's College, Annapolis, MD

St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY

St. Mary's University, San Antonio, TX

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Thomas More College, Crestview Hills, KY

Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, MS

Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

Trinity College, Hartford, CT

Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL

Union College, Lincoln, NE

Union College, Schenectady, NY

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR

University of Dallas, Irving, TX

University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

University of Michigan - Dearborn, Dearborn, MI

University of Minnesota - Duluth, Duluth, MN

University of Minnesota - Morris, Morris, MN

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha, NE

University of Nevada - Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

University of Puerto Rico, Cayey

University College, Cayey, PR

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Mayaguez, PR

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

University of Saint Thomas, Saint Paul, MN

University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL U

niversity of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN

University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX

University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX

University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

University of the Sacred Heart, Santuce, PR

University of the South, Sewanee, TN

University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Kenosha, WI

Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN

Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY

Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN

Walla Walla College, College Place, WA

Wartburg College, Waverly, IA

Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA

Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA

Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD

Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Willamette University, Salem, OR

Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH

Wofford College, Spartanburg, SC

Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH

Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, LA

Youngstown State University, Youngstown, OH