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UM-Morris receives $1.2 million grant for science education

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MORRIS -- The University of Minnesota, Morris, has received a four-year, $1.2 million grant to encourage success for science students of all backgrounds.

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Morris is one of 47 small undergraduate schools to receive a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grants total more than $50 million.

Morris's project includes five initiatives that include K-12 teacher assistance, mentoring, research, community outreach and assistance for career searches or education opportunities.

n "Changes in Nature" is an in-service workshop for K-12 teachers that will provide, teach and assist in developing teaching materials to address underrepresented issues in science classrooms.

n The "Bridge to College" is a program for first-year science students that teaches research principles and connects them with upper-level students and faculty.

n The "Undergraduate Summer Research Program," will give more students extended research opportunities during their undergraduate years, to better prepare them for careers in science and for graduate work.

n "Café Scientifique" is a community outreach program in which students will promote and discuss their work with community members. Outreach is an important portion of scientific study, and community ties will be strengthened by openly sharing research.

n To aid career searches and further education opportunities, the "Careers in Science Seminar and Resource Room" will allow students to learn about diverse careers in science, network with other students and discover other opportunities during their time at Morris, including summer research experiences for undergraduates and internships.

The goal of the initiatives is to strengthen the preparation of undergraduates for careers in science, develop improved mentoring efforts and increase the number of graduates continuing their education into graduate programs.

"(The Howard Hughes Medical Institute) is investing in these schools because they have shown they are superb incubators of new ideas and models that might be replicated by other institutions to improve how science is taught in college," said Sean B. Carroll, vice president of science education at the institute.

"We know that these schools have engaged faculty," Carroll said in a news release. "They care deeply about teaching and how effectively their students are learning about science."

UMM Associate Professor of Biology Paul Z. Myers will serve as the project director for the grant. The project was developed by biology faculty members in collaboration with other science and math faculty.

"We were delighted to learn of this award," Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson said in the release. "Morris serves a very diverse and talented group of undergraduate students. This award builds upon our mission and provides another opportunity for us to advance learning and student success in (science) fields."

Other Minnesota schools receiving Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards are Carleton College, Hamline University, Macalester College and St. Olaf College.

MORRIS -- The University of Minnesota, Morris, has received a four-year, $1.2 million grant to encourage success for science students of all backgrounds.

Morris is one of 47 small undergraduate schools to receive a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grants total more than $50 million.

Morris's project includes five initiatives that include K-12 teacher assistance, mentoring, research, community outreach and assistance for career searches or education opportunities.

- "Changes in Nature" is an in-service workshop for K-12 teachers that will provide, teach and assist in developing teaching materials to address underrepresented issues in science classrooms.

- The "Bridge to College" is a program for first-year science students that teaches research principles and connects them with upper-level students and faculty.

- The "Undergraduate Summer Research Program," will give more students extended research opportunities during their undergraduate years, to better prepare them for careers in science and for graduate work.

- "Café Scientifique" is a community outreach program in which students will promote and discuss their work with community members. Outreach is an important portion of scientific study, and community ties will be strengthened by openly sharing research.

- To aid career searches and further education opportunities, the "Careers in Science Seminar and Resource Room" will allow students to learn about diverse careers in science, network with other students and discover other opportunities during their time at Morris, including summer research experiences for undergraduates and internships.

The goal of the initiatives is to strengthen the preparation of undergraduates for careers in science, develop improved mentoring efforts and increase the number of graduates continuing their education into graduate programs.

"(The Howard Hughes Medical Institute) is investing in these schools because they have shown they are superb incubators of new ideas and models that might be replicated by other institutions to improve how science is taught in college," said Sean B. Carroll, vice president of science education at the institute.

"We know that these schools have engaged faculty," Carroll said in a news release. "They care deeply about teaching and how effectively their students are learning about science."

UMM Associate Professor of Biology Paul Z. Myers will serve as the project director for the grant. The project was developed by biology faculty members in collaboration with other science and math faculty.

"We were delighted to learn of this award," Morris Chancellor Jacqueline Johnson said in the release. "Morris serves a very diverse and talented group of undergraduate students. This award builds upon our mission and provides another opportunity for us to advance learning and student success in (science) fields."

Other Minnesota schools receiving Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards are Carleton College, Hamline University, Macalester College and St. Olaf College.

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