Hamline University will receive
$1.1 million over the next four years from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The university will use this grant to develop Engaging Science Students through Investigative Research,
a new program
that will expand Hamline’s science education programs and fund additional
research opportunities for undergraduate students focusing on biology,
biochemistry, chemistry, physics, pre-med, and pre-health science majors. This
is the largest grant Hamline’s science department has ever received.
Hamline was among just a few dozen colleges and universities from across the
country selected to receive one of the 43 grants given out this year by the
Institute. Other Minnesota schools to receive Institute grants included Carleton
College, Macalester College, St. Olaf College, and the University of Minnesota-Morris.
Hamline will use its grant to provide early exposure to investigative,
hands-on, and real-world research opportunities to undergraduate science
students with the goal of preparing them to be leaders in science research and
"Engaging Science Students through
and programs of its kind are crucial to improving science
education opportunities for our nation’s next generation of researchers,
innovators, and leaders,” Hamline University President Linda Hanson said. “The
generous grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will help us to enhance
our already robust undergraduate research program, to offer additional
high-impact learning opportunities to students, and to better prepare our
graduates for careers in science and medicine."
Over the next four years, Hamline expects that the program will provide hundreds
of students with real-world research experiences while diversifying the student
population pursuing the field of science. Hamline’s grant is part of the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute’s larger $50 million initiative to encourage and
improve science education in the United States.
“This program provides us with an excellent opportunity to enhance the
experience of students and prepare them for the future,” said Presley Martin,
Hamline University professor and biology department chair. “Hamline is well known
for the strength of its science programs, and this support will only serve to
better that reputation and to attract even more students to the field.”
Hamline will partner with Century College and North
Hennepin Community College to provide students at those institutions the skills
they need to successfully pursue advanced science education. Additionally, Engaging Science Students through
will help to provide community college students with
faculty mentors from all the institutions to increase students’ exposure to
career opportunities in the field of science.
“We are excited that this new program will create research
opportunities for students from Hamline and the community colleges early in
their academic careers, preparing them better for careers in the sciences,” explained
Jodi Goldberg, Hamline University biology professor and program director.
"What happens during the undergraduate years is vital to the development of the
student, whether she will be a scientist, a science educator, or a member of
society who is scientifically curious and literate. 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 Howard Hughes Medical
Institute. “We know that these schools have engaged faculty. They care deeply
about teaching and how effectively their students are learning about science.”
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Since 1988, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded more than $870
million to 274 colleges and universities to support science education. Those
grants have generally been awarded through two separate but complementary
efforts, one aimed at undergraduate-focused institutions and the other at research
universities. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute support has enabled nearly
85,000 students nationwide to work in research labs and developed programs that
have helped 100,000 K-12 teachers learn how to teach science more effectively.