HHMI Awards $60 Million to Improve Undergraduate STEM Education

The has announced grants totaling $60 million to thirty-seven research universities to improve how undergraduate science is taught.

Each university will receive a five-year grant ranging between $1.2 and $2.4 million to explore ways to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education by adopting empirically validated teaching practices; providing early opportunities for students to engage in research; and encouraging all students to persist with science, keeping in mind that students enter science through varied paths. Among other things, the grants will support the development of student and faculty learning communities to improve interactions between and among students and faculty; curricula that bolster reform of introductory STEM courses; course-based research experiences; and freshman research models where students work under the guidance of their faculty and graduate student mentors.

"We know that most of the attrition occurs in the first two years of college, when students are taking introductory 'gateway' courses in chemistry, math, and biology," said Sean B. Carroll, HHMI's vice president for science education. "For some students, the introductory courses are their only exposure to science. The widespread failure of institutions to deliver engaging and effective introductory science is a problem not only for future scientists, but also for all students, regardless of their eventual career path."

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"." Howard Hughes Medical Institute Press Release 05/29/2014.