For immediate release: June 26, 2007 GALVESTON, Texas - The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has awarded a $750,000 grant to the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in support of precollege science education programs. UTMB is one of 31 institutions selected nationwide for this renowned award. According to Clifford W. Houston, associate vice president for Educational Outreach, the five-year grant will further increase the availability and interest of science for students, teachers and the community through a variety of science education programs.  "The overall goal of the student component is to promote student interest in science early during the course of their formal education with the belief that a solid foundation in science must be established to enhance the probability of the pursuit of a future scientific career or one related to science, technology, engineering or mathematics," said Houston. The funds will support an interconnecting series of programs that serve as a pipeline to channel students into science-related careers. The student programs include Summer Science Camps, the High School Summer Research Program, Saturday Biomedical Science Academy and the Expanding Your Horizons Conference. In addition, the funding for the teacher component will provide professional development programs for science teachers and mentoring to assist them in the implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and national education standards. The programs for teachers include professional development workshops and an annual Regional Science Teachers Conference at UTMB, as well as an established Educational Resource Center that loans scientific materials and equipment to classroom teachers across Galveston County. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's grants program is the largest privately funded education initiative of its kind in the U.S. According to Peter J. Bruns, vice president of grants and special programs, the goal of the Institute's grants program is to enhance science education for students at all levels, from the earliest grades through advanced training. The Institute encourages research institutions to use their unique resources to stimulate interest in science. Since 1988, it has awarded approximately $1.5 billion in grants.

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