To increase public understanding of science and to encourage student interest in research careers, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced it will provide $13 million to fund a dozen Science Education Partnership Awards (SEPA). The programs will target K-12 students and teachers, as well as visitors to science centers and museums across the country. Many of the projects are designed to reach underserved, minority populations that have been historically less likely to pursue science careers. In addition, SEPA partnerships develop projects that educate the general public about health and disease, with the aim to help people make better lifestyle choices.
This is the second round of FY 2005 awards for the initiative, which is administered by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the NIH.
"The SEPA Program is an important part of our public outreach efforts. It's critical to the future of the nation's health that Americans have a better understanding of clinical research and the life sciences in general," said NIH Director Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni. "By combining the talents and expertise of researchers, teachers, and museum specialists, these programs create excitement about scientific discoveries and deliver important health information to a wide spectrum of audiences."
SEPA grants provide from two to five years of support. In the initial three-year phase, SEPA programs form partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers, educators, community groups, and other interested organizations to create programs that provide a better understanding of scientific research. In the second two-year phase of the program, these SEPA-generated curricula are more broadly disseminated to students, teachers, and the general public.
New FY 2005 Science Education Partnership Awards:
Bridgewater State College (Bridgewater, Mass.)
CityLab Biotech for Students and Teachers
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