NIH funds nine Science Education Partnership Awards

10/19/05

Nearly $10 million will support programs to increase science literacy

Whether they are learning why cardiovascular disease is more likely to strike African Americans, discovering how Lyme disease is transmitted, or studying aquatic organisms, students across the country are being encouraged to immerse themselves in science, as part of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) program to increase science literacy and encourage research careers.

The NIH today announced it will award $9.4 million to fund nine Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA). Administered by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the NIH, SEPA grants provide from two to five years of support.

"By giving students the chance to participate in hands-on, inquiry-based research projects, we hope to demystify science and make it more accessible," said Barbara M. Alving, Acting Director of NCRR. "Through our SEPA program, we not only stimulate public interest in health issues, we also encourage young people to pursue careers in science."

FY 2005 Science Education Partnership Awards:

  • Exploratorium (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Great Lakes Science Center (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Harvard University Medical School (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Jackson State University (Jackson, Miss.)
  • Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, Ore.)
  • University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Newark, N.J.)
  • University of Texas-Pan American (Edinburg, Texas)
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Milwaukee, Wis.)
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)

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