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HHMI Grants $3M to Support Genomics-Based Education for Pre-College Students

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has swarded 31 new grants for pre-college science education programs to research facilities around the country, including some focused on genomics and molecular biology-related sciences.
The grants, issued under the Pre-college Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions, total $22.5 million and average between $530,000 and $750,000.
HHMI’s vice president for grants and special programs said the grants aim to “encourage research institutions to use their unique resources to stimulate interest in science.”
Genomics-based education received around $3 million: 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory received $750,000 over five years for science programs that will “add six genetics and biotechnology experiments to the curriculum of 820 New York public school teachers,” CSHL said.
During the five-year program, the teachers will share a lab equipment footlocker and reagent kit and will be able to access a “specially developed” lab center Internet site, CSHL said.
The Institute for Systems Biology received a five-year, $721,000 grant for a collaboration with a school system in Renton, Wash., to train kindergarten through fifth-grade teachers in “the systems approach to science.”
Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas-MD Anderson Cancer Center also received grants of $750,000 each.
A complete listing of the awards can be found here.

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