The University of Minnesota, Morris has been awarded a $1.2 million grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). This is a four-year grant that encourages success in science for students from all backgrounds. HHMI selected 47 small undergraduate universities and colleges in the United States as the recipients of grants totaling more than $50 million for its science education initiative.
The grant is led by Morris biology faculty members in collaboration with faculty throughout the Division of Science and Mathematics. The goals of this grant are to strengthen Morris’s preparation of undergraduates for careers in science, increase the number of undergraduates continuing their education into graduate programs and develop and improve on effective mentoring strategies.
To achieve these goals, the University has five programs that encompass research, mentoring, aid for career development and further educational opportunities, community outreach, and K-12 teacher assistance.
The five programs are:
- Undergraduate Summer Research Program gives students extended research opportunities during their undergraduate years, to better prepare them for careers in science and graduate work.
- Bridge to Biology is a 3-day summer program for incoming Morris biology students. The program teaches research principles and connects new students with upper-level students and faculty.
- Careers in Biology helps educate students about their post-graduation options. This will mainly be done through a resource room and a speaker series dedicated to opportunities in biology.
- Café Scientifique is a community outreach program in which local researchers and students discuss their research with community members in a non-academic setting.
- Changes in Nature is an in-service workshop for K-12 teachers that provides, teaches, and assists in the development of curricula to address underrepresented issues in science classrooms.