HHMI initiates partnerships with other organizations to advance our core value of inclusive excellence in science education, discovery, and leadership.

Advanced Courses

HHMI provides grants to

to support the development and implementation of advanced courses and workshops.

HHMI invests in these activities to provide opportunities for scientists to learn cutting edge science and network with leading scientists who are at the labs. This can be an important step toward becoming a full member of the community of scientific leaders.

ASCB Diversity & Inclusion Prize

HHMI provides funding for the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Prize for Excellence in Inclusivity

The annual Prize recognizes an accomplished scientist who demonstrates the importance of inclusion and diversity in science through mentoring, cultural change, outreach, or community service.  The awardee receives $5,000 to support their work in advancing inclusion and is featured at the annual ASCB meeting and in a video. 

CBE–Life Sciences Education

CBE–Life Sciences Education (LSE), an open access, online quarterly journal, is published by the ASCB. LSE publishes multidisciplinary peer-reviewed articles on life science education at the K–12, undergraduate, and graduate levels. The journal was launched in spring 2002 as Cell Biology Education—A Journal of Life Science Education. Since its inception, LSE has been supported by a grant from HHMI.

Faculty and Staff Forums on Diversity and Inclusion

We provide small awards to colleges and universities that create facilitated forums in which faculty and staff engage in meaningful, and often difficult, conversations about diversity and inclusion, especially with respect to race/ethnicity. Creating and nurturing an inclusive campus climate is the responsibility of the faculty and staff that work at the institution. The skills of promoting inclusion can be learned. An effective activity to teach these skills to faculty/staff are facilitated forums in which the participants explore topics such as listening to understand, unintended bias, privilege, and stereotypes. For more information on this partnership initiative, email us at inclusiveexcellence@hhmi.org.

Gorongosa National Park

We partner to combat the loss of biodiversity through development of education and research capacity in Mozambique.

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Local Initiatives

We support science education and teacher development in the Washington, DC, area.

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National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM)

Together with the Sloan Foundation, HHMI is funding a study by the NASEM on “The Science of Effective Mentoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine, and Mathematics (STEMM).”  The committee’s report is expected be published in late 2019.

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Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE)

Established in 2012, PULSE, a national network of science education leaders, works with life sciences departments to develop inclusive, student-centered, evidence-based teaching and learning in order to cultivate the development of scientists who reflect the diversity of American society.  HHMI, together with the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, created PULSE and we continue to support its work.

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SACNAS Advanced Leadership Institute

A grant from HHMI supports the Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI) of the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).  The Institute brings together cohorts of rising leaders in STEM and works with them to develop skills in leadership.  Since 2014, 51 leaders have participated in the ALI.

Summer Institutes for Scientific Teaching

The Summer Institutes workshops support college and university faculty in applying scientific teaching principles to the development of teaching materials.  Since the beginning of the program, HHMI has been a leading funder of the Summer Institutes.

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A $23.5 million HHMI grant awarded in 2014 to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) enabled the expansion of the UTeach Program to 10 research universities in the United States. UTeach, first developed at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, is a national leader in addressing the nation’s need for highly qualified pre-college teachers in STEM. UTeach enables students to earn both their STEM degree and teacher certification without adding cost or time to their four-year degree.

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