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HHMI Chooses Twelve Schools To Join National Science Education Experiment

Hundreds of students at 24 large universities and small colleges currently participate in a national experiment that aims to change the future of undergraduate science education. Now the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has invited 12 more schools to join the Science Education Alliance to engage their students in scientific discovery on a national scale.

HHMI created the Science Education Alliance (SEA) in 2007 in the hope that it would become a resource for science educators. Faculty participating in the SEA work together to deliver innovative science education programs and bring the excitement of doing science directly to students in a novel, collaborative way. HHMI has committed $4 million over four years to the first Alliance program – the National Genomics Research Initiative. It is a two-part, year-long course that enables students to make real discoveries by doing research on bacterial viruses, called phage. “Students across the country are really talking about science and thinking about the research they are doing,” says Tuajuanda Jordan, SEA’s director. “We are helping to bring up a new generation of students who love research and want to become scientists.”

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