NMSI Announces $22.5 Million Grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Expand UTeach Program

Mar 18, 2013, 08:30 ET from National Math and Science Initiative


Five-year grant will expand highly-successful UTeach program to 10 Leading Research Universities

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) today announced a new $22.5 million grant by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The five-year grant from HHMI, one of America's premier medical research institutions, will make it possible for NMSI to expand The University of Texas at Austin's highly-successful UTeach program.

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At an event Monday in Washington, D.C., White House Director of Science and Technology Policy John Holdren praised the grant;  "Research shows—and everyone who has been a student knows—that teacher quality makes a big difference in student achievement," said John P. Holdren, President Obama's science and technology advisor and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "That's why the President made his all-hands-on-deck call to train 100,000 excellent STEM teachers in the next decade. And it's why the White House is so pleased to see the commitments being made today, which promise to change the lives of countless students in the years to come."

The grant will provide $20 million for expansion into 10 leading research universities and $1.25 million for UTeach to further develop curricula and assessment. HHMI committed an additional $1.25 million to offer course-based authentic research experiences to UTeach students through the HHMI Science Education Alliance. With the HHMI grant, the 10 universities are expected to produce more than 1,700 math and science teachers over the five-year grant period and nearly 18,000 math and science teachers by 2022. Universities will be chosen through a UTeach RFP Process.

"This is going to transform the preparation of math and science teachers," said Sara Martinez Tucker, President and CEO of NMSI. "By taking the UTeach program into 10 more research universities, we will be able to recruit some of the best and brightest students in our country into the teaching field."

More than 6,000 students are currently enrolled in the UTeach program at 35 universities across the country, including the founding site at The University of Texas at Austin. The HHMI grant has the potential to greatly increase UTeach enrollment during the life of the grant.

"To remain globally competitive, this country must be better educated in science and math," said HHMI President Robert Tjian. "Better teacher preparation and training is vital. Through our partnership with NMSI and UTeach, we are providing critical support that will enable talented undergraduates majoring in science and math to focus on becoming teachers."

The HHMI grant announcement Monday was followed by a roundtable discussion at the White House on the shortage of teachers in science, technology, engineering, and math fields. Discussion participants included Dr. Sean Carroll, Vice President for Science Education at HHMI; Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI; Dr. John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; Michele Cahill, Vice President for National Programs and Director of Urban Education at Carnegie Corporation; and Dr. Michael Marder, Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Austin and Co-Director of the UTeach program.

About National Math and Science Initiative: NMSI, a non-profit organization, was launched in 2007 by top leaders in business, education, and science to transform math and science education in the United States.  NMSI has gained national recognition for training K-12 teachers across the country to inspire students to succeed in math, science and English classes as well as recruiting more college students to become dedicated math and science teachers. For more information, please visit www.nms.org.

About Howard Hughes Medical Institute: HHMI is a nonprofit medical research organization that ranks as one of the nation's largest philanthropies. HHMI plays a prominent role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States. Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 3,000 individuals across the U.S. HHMI has an endowment of approximately $16 billion of which the Institute spent $800 million for biomedical research and distributed $74 million in grant support for science education in 2012.

Contact: TinaMarie Martinez, 214-346-1211, tmartinez@nms.org

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