HHMI-UNCCH Learning Communities

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OUR directs three programs that are supported in part by a grant to UNC-Chapel Hill from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Precollege and Undergraduate Science Education Program. As described in the Learning Communities Executive Summary, these programs are designed to ensure that bright students from all walks of life can participate in Carolina’s vibrant research culture and can then go on to become leading scientists, clinicians, teachers, and citizens.

HHMI-FSC: Undergraduate research for Future Scientists and Clinicians

HHMI-FSC fellowships are major awards ($5,000/summer) to enable Carolina Covenant Scholars to undertake full-time research over two consecutive summers under the guidance of faculty advisors and graduate student (or postdoctoral fellow) mentors. Applications for the HHMI-FSC fellowships are considered once a year in the early spring, and should be submitted to Ginnie Hench at ghench@med.unc.edu. For more information including the application form, please visit the HHMI-FSC Program page.

HHMI-FT: Undergraduate internships for Future Teachers

HHMI-FT internships are major awards ($5,000/summer) to enable UNC-BEST students to to develop first-hand understanding of the nature of science through summer internships under the guidance of faculty advisors and graduate student (or postdoctoral fellow) mentors. The HHMI-FT interns will develop online learning modules to explain the processes, value, and excitement of ongoing research to undergraduate students, advanced high-school students and high school science teachers. Applications for the HHMI-FT internships are considered once a year in the early spring, and should be submitted to Jennifer Coble at jcoble@bio.unc.edu. For more information, please visit the FAQ page and the HHMI deadlines page.

View the Learning Modules created by the HHMI-FT interns.

HHMI-FYS: First-Year Seminars in science for non-scientists

HHMI-FYS courses are special new First-Year Seminars that are designed to engage a wide array of students in scientific approaches to major unsolved problems. The seminars will include research experiences for the undergraduates, who will be coached by Graduate Research Consultants (GRCs) as the students learn to distinguish between ideas and evidence, and gain confidence in their abilities to adopt a scientific approach to complex problems. Faculty who would like more information should contact fys@unc.edu. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to participate should visit the GRC Program page, complete the GRC Interest Form, and mention the HHMI-FYS program in the Additional Comments box.

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