Project: Research project

Project Details


This application seeks support for a joint University of Miami/Dade
County (Florida) Public Schools bioscience outreach project. The project
proposes a contribution to the national effort to redress the
underrepresentation of minorities in the science and health fields. It
aims to do this by improving precollege science education in & school
district with heavy minority representation. The project has the
following broad goals: (i) motivating students to take more science
classes in high school and excel at them, (ii) inspiring students to
consider (health) science majors in college, and (iii) motivating them
to consider postgraduate science study and careers as bioresearch
scientists. The methods chosen for achieving these goals are based on 5
years' experience. They include hands-on, mentored, 6-week laboratory
experiences for 14 high school minority students, 4 inservice science
teachers and 2 preservice teachers in the following departments. among
others: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Anatomy,
Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology,
Neuroscience, and Physiology and Biophysics. Students will, under
research faculty (mentor) supervision, help operate lab instruments. help
conduct experiments, and contribute otherwise to specific problem-solving
research projects. Students will be immersed in the life of the
university by living 5 days a week in dormitories for the duration of
their summer experience and by attending and participating in evening
enrichment programs that will strongly emphasize social, conceptual and
ethical aspects of scientific research. Inservice and preservice teachers
will likewise join working laboratories and be supervised by mentors.
They will be expected to bring their experience back to the classroom in
the form of improved lesson plans and to enjoy a renewed excitement for
science and a better ability to inspire students to consider careers as
researchers. Teachers and students will be evaluated according to a
number of criteria, and a consolidated tracking system will be
established to follow students after their summer experience. The host
university is committed to donate lab space, faculty time, planning and
development funds and program director salary support.
Effective start/end date9/30/943/31/01


  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $73,297.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $73,297.00


  • Medicine(all)


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