About Trinity University HHMI Program

Outstanding research opportunities for students. Each year we will support at least eleven HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROs).  These Trinity students will work with an interdisciplinary research team on an ongoing project.  We will earmark two of these positions for students who wish to pursue research in HHMI laboratories abroad. We will seek to award two of the fellowships to science education students.  Finally, two of the positions will be targeted to students from underrepresented groups.  These students will receive additional mentorship and career guidance from Trinity’s new McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.  More about TU-HHMI Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities.

Building strategic strength in our science faculty. We will add two new tenure-track science faculty lines.  One position will be a neurobiophysicist that will support our rapidly growing neuroscience program and continue our effort to bridge disciplinary boundaries.  The other position will be a science educator who will enhance science teacher preparation, help us to refine courses for non-science majors, and work with faculty in outreach for K -12 science teachers.  Both appointments will address critical student needs and also serve to knit our science community into a more coherent whole. More about TU-HHMI New Faculty Positions.

Compelling courses for non-science majors. To expand our interdisciplinary efforts to non-science majors, we propose two innovative types of courses to engage non-science majors.  The first approach will team science faculty with faculty from the humanities and social sciences to develop richly contextualized science courses.  The second approach is modular, with faculty from several disciplines bringing their perspectives to current science problems and debates.  These classes will include integrated investigative laboratories.  We believe both approaches will lead to provocative courses that encourage open inquiry and explore scientific perspectives, principles and methodologies in a context that makes them engaging and relevant to students headed for careers outside the sciences.  We believe that effectively engaging non-science majors is vital to ensuring that future leaders are science-literate and respectful of scientific methods.

Science for middle school students and 1st - 12th teachers. We will improve and extend our outreach to the San Antonio community by inviting local science educators and students to participate in enrichment activities.  Students will be invited to campus to experience college-level science through engaging and hands-on experiences that enhance their classroom learning.  Science teachers will participate in curriculum development workshops that will guide them in preparing, implementing and assessing experiential learning units for their classes.

 

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