Brandeis Receives $1 Million Grant to Boost Science Education

NEC member Brandeis University was awarded a $1 million, 5-year grant from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to increase institutional capacity for fostering the success of students from all backgrounds in science. The grant will provide resources and support to undergraduates–particularly students of color—as well asthose from low-income background, first-generation college students,and military veterans.

Brandeis is one of 33 institutions of higher education that received the HHMI inclusive Excellence award this year. The university will also use some of the funding to build on the success of its Science Posse program. The program was started in 2006 with the overarching goal of attracting and retaining talented, underrepresented students in college-level science.

Brandeis Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Kim Godsoe said, “If you look at some of the most esteemed professionals – professors, doctors, and researchers – they come from families who are overwhelmingly white, college-educated and middle or upper middle class. We are missing a whole segment of the population with a huge amount of talent.”

The New England Council congratulates Brandeis University on receiving the HHMI Grant and applauds the university for prioritizing diversity and being inclusive to all its students. Read more on the Brandeis University Website .

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