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Miami receives $1.6 million for biosience education
OXFORD, Ohio -- Miami University has received a $1.6 million grant from
the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to strengthen its biological
sciences programs. Out of 191 proposals received, Miami is one of two
universities in Ohio, and 58 schools nationwide, to be awarded a four-year
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a medical research organization, has
awarded $425 million since 1988 to enhance undergraduate science education
nationwide. Miami is among only 20 schools that have received the
undergraduate sciences grant each of the three times it was offered.
Miami will use the grant in several ways: to enhance student summer research
opportunities, to continue providing fellowships for high school teachers
pursuing masters of art in teaching (MAT) of biological science, to increase
from six to 10 summer research fellowships for inner city high school students
working with Miami faculty, to update Miami's biological science and chemistry
classrooms and labs, and to offer developmental opportunities for Miami
"In addition to our proposal, the institute considered the success of two
previous Hughes-Miami projects that had a profound impact on biomedical
education at Miami and in the region," said Anne Hopkins, Miami provost. "To
be among a select group of institutions receiving three consecutive Howard
Hughes awards reflects the very high quality of Miami's efforts in the
Projects funded by the grant will enhance learning in Miami's departments of
Miami's first goal, that of enhancing undergraduate research, includes
numerous opportunities for students. It will:
In addition to maintaining the 40 MAT fellowships for high school teachers,
the grant will enable a new MAT program for 20 elementary school science
teachers. Sixty-nine teachers have earned MAT degrees since the program
started. Some, in addition to greatly enhancing teaching skills, have
subsequently won grants to bring science equipment to their schools.
The Cincinnati Academy of Math And Sciences (CAMAS), a partner school in the
Miami-Hughes projects, has had 67 students participate in six-week research
programs with Miami faculty and has revised its science curriculum. All
participants (except six current seniors) graduated from high school and all
but one of them has gone on to a four-year college or university.
"The Howard Hughes grants have enabled Miami to establish excellent
relationships and programs with CAMAS and with Cincinnati-area teachers. The
new grant maintains these relationships and similarly establishes new
relationships in undergraduate research with Procter & Gamble, Eli Lilly,
and regional four-year colleges, " says William Rauckhorst, associate provost
for scholarship and teaching.
Adding analytical and multimedia equipment to the science classrooms will
revitalize biomedical curriculum for science and nonscience majors, says David
Francko, chair of botany.
"With this grant we are enhancing biological sciences at many levels," says
Karl Mattox, dean of the College of Arts and Science and director of the
Hughes-Miami project. "It is very satisfying that the CAMAS students go on to
college, even if it is not Miami. The MAT teachers improve their classroom
experiences and send us more sophisticated science students. Our strengthened
curriculum and research opportunities attract more bright science students and
then prepares them well for medical or graduate school and careers."
Of 259 summer research appointments through HHMI and Miami cost-sharing since
1989, 147 were women. About one-third have gone on to medical school,
one-third to graduate school, and most of the remainder found biomedical
careers in industry.
While many universities in Ohio were invited to submit proposals, the only
other Ohio university receiving an HHMI grant this year is Case Western
Reserve. More information on the grants is at
Active on the Hughes-Miami project advisory council are David Francko; Michael
Novak, chair, chemistry/biochemistry; William Rauckhorst; Douglas Miekle,
chair, zoology; and Mary Woodworth, chair, microbiology.