ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 24, 2012) Hamline University announced today it 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 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 Investigative Research 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.