Since 1992, the University of Maryland has received five grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in support of undergraduate science education.
|Capstone Experiences for Undergraduates in the Biological Sciences(1992, $1.3M)
- Provide opportunities for undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research.
- Revamp five upper-level laboratory courses to focus on modern methodologies and instrumentation.
|Supporting a Developmental Continuum of Young Investigators at Maryland (1998, $1.6M)
- Expand the undergraduate research program to allow up to three years of research involvement.
- Develop a research preparatory course for freshmen (Catalyst Seminar)
- Establish a Capstone award to enable students to present their research at professional meetings.
- Offer a summer science enrichment program for high school students interested in science careers (Jump Start).
|Research-Intensive Undergraduate Experiences and Outreach (2002, $1.8M)
- Continue previous HHMI initiatives (high school outreach, Catalyst seminar, undergraduate fellowship program, Capstone awards for travel to meetings).
- Expand outreach activities to create a summer science immersion program for middle school students (Science Explorers).
- Host an annual science symposium for secondary school teachers.
- Create a research-intensive undergraduate curriculum by revamping course sequences to introduce research methods at the introductory level and allow open-ended inquiry in subsequent courses.
- Provide professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows by allowing them to participate in curriculum development (Teaching and Learning Fellows program).
|Research-Intensive Undergraduate Experiences and Outreach (2006, $2M)
- Sustain initiatives from previous grant terms.
- Create a disciplinary Teaching and Learning Center to enhance professional development of graduate students (future faculty) and to support faculty involvement in curriculum reform
| (2010, $1.5M)
- Partner with the nonprofit MDBio Foundation to bring its mobile laboratory to high schools throughout the state for one-week visits, to teach students to examine the impact of human activities on water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.