PROVIDENCE — Providence College announced that it has received a substantial, six-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) to promote inclusive excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). The funding, in the amount of $493, 065, is for the project titled “Meaningful evaluation of effective and inclusive teaching through changes in policy, effective instruction development, and optimal sources of evidence.”
Dr. Lynne Lawson, assistant professor of physics, will lead PC’s team of faculty to carry out the project. The PC team will collaborate as part of an HHMI-organized Learning Community Cluster (LCC) with colleagues at 15 institutions of higher education. “We are thrilled to have received this award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to help us promote inclusive teaching not only in STEM, but across campus,” said Dr. Lawson. “We look forward to working with faculty, administrators, and students for our work. The unique structure of this HHMI grant also allows us to work with and learn from a diverse group at universities and colleges from across the country which is very exciting.”
“This project aligns strongly with Providence College’s founding principles, mission and strategic vision,” said Providence College President Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. “Its novel approach to inter-institutional engagement brings together a talented group of faculty and administrators from across the country in a quest to foster inclusive excellence in undergraduate education. The College is grateful for the programmatic and financial support the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has provided PC and our partner institutions. We are excited about this next phase of work,” Fr. Sicard said.
“This new initiative complements several ongoing efforts that promote inclusive excellence college-wide,” added Providence College Provost
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