Yale Receives $2.1 Million HHMI Grant for Science Education

Yale has received a four-year, $2.1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to support science education programs that enhance opportunities for undergraduates who study science at Yale and to fund science outreach programs for New Haven public schools.

“We are thrilled about this renewed funding and especially proud of our outreach to local schools,” said Robert Wyman, professor of molecular, cellular and developmental biology, who will co-direct the program with Judith Hackman, associate dean of Yale College and director of the graduate school teaching fellow program.

The following are some of the programs and initiatives that will receive HHMI funding:

* The Science Collaborative Hands-on Learning and Research program (S.C.H.O.L.A.R.), a residential summer program for Career High School students, which teaches basic science and introduces students to the world of science research and clinical medical care at Yale.

* Yale’s Teacher Preparation Program, which trains new science teachers.

* Yale-New Haven Teachers’ Institute, which invites New Haven Teachers to participate in seminars where they create new curriculum.

* DEMOS, a program where Yale students volunteer in school enrichment activities, science demonstrations in the elementary and middle schools, science and math research teams in the upper grades.

* Ulysses S. Grant summer science school at Yale.

* Future Scientists Program, a newly added project which provides research opportunities to Yale’s top science students, and it also supports a program that provides teaching skills for Yale’s current graduate student teaching assistants who will become the next generation of college faculty. It is directed by William Segraves, Yale College dean’s adviser on science education and lecturer in molecular, cellular and developmental biology.

* Science, Technology and Research Scholars (STARS), a popular and successful program headed by chemistry faculty member Iona Black. STARS has been nationally recognized for its success in fostering ethnic minority students on their way to science degrees and biomedical careers.

HHMI is a private philanthropy dedicated to biomedical research and science education. The Institute employs 324 investigators who conduct basic medical research in HHMI laboratories at 69 of the nation’s leading research centers and universities. Through its complementary grants program, HHMI supports science education in the United States and a select group of researchers abroad.

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