CU-Boulder receives $1.5M for science education

BOULDER – The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded the University of Colorado-Boulder $1.5 million over five years to continue to transform science education by encouraging more real-world research experiences for undergraduates, ranging from cancer studies to screenings for new antibiotics.

The money will allow CU-Boulder to strengthen hands-on, research-oriented teaching to students planning to major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics, popularly known as STEM, said Julie Graf, director of CU-Boulder’s Biological Sciences Initiative.

CU-Boulder is one of 37 research universities across the nation to be awarded a total of $60 million in the new round of funding announced Thursday by the institute which is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md.

Prior institute funding to CU-Boulder has helped engage more than 1,600 undergraduates in research projects spearheaded by approximately 230 faculty members from 15 departments.

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