Cincinnati—University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine has
received a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to
help fund science education programs for local middle and high school
students and teachers. The College of Medicine was one of 35 biomedical
research institutions to receive a grant.
"The $300,000 award
will fund the Teachers' Initiative: Program in Biomedical Research,
which is an eight-week summer research program for middle and high
school science teachers, and the Saturday Science Academy for 7th and
8th grade Cincinnati Public School students," says Roberta Handwerger,
director of UC College of Medicine Recruitment Programs. "It will also
fund a new five-week summer program in the basic sciences for gifted
and talented high school students called Excellence in Science
Education and Learning or ExSEL." According to Handwerger, students are
selected for the program based on their potential to benefit, academic
record, teacher recommendations, and future goals.
wonderful scientists and research facilities, these institutions have
proven to be an invaluable resource to schools," said Purnell W.
Choppin, HHMI's president. "They have helped large numbers of students
and teachers to learn first-hand about the remarkable advances
occurring in the biological sciences. With this round of awards, we
continue to encourage collaboration among researchers, science
educators, students, and families and to expand the opportunities for
teachers and students to conduct research alongside real scientists."
summer programs for this year are full. For information about the
programs for next year, call the UC College of Medicine Pathways to
Health Careers Office at (513) 558-7212.