Established in 2002, the program identifies research scientists with compelling ideas to advance science education and provides them with flexible support to try out their ideas. This year's group includes ten scientists who will receive individual grants of $1 million each and two grants for collaborative projects that will receive a total of $1.5 million each, for a five-year commitment of $13 million.
The program recognizes scientists whose research careers have provided them with years of valuable experience and an ambition not only to share their skill and knowledge with students but also to become a model for other faculty members, both inside and outside their home institution. Representing nine universities across the country, the newly selected group will join the Society of HHMI Professors, fifty-two scientists who are working together to advance best practices and principles in science education.
The 2017 cohort of HHMI Professors includes Robert Wayne (University of California, Los Angeles), Erika Zavaleta (University of California, Santa Cruz), Carl Wieman (Stanford University), Avery August (Cornell University), Julia Clarke (University of Texas at Austin), Elizabeth Hadly (Stanford), Robert Full (University of California, Berkeley), Beth Shapiro (UC Santa Cruz), Eric Anslyn (UT Austin), Andrew Ellington (UT Austin), Margaret McFall-Ngai (University of Hawai'i at Mānoa), Marla Geha (Yale University), Paul Barber (UCLA), and Keivan Stassun (Vanderbilt University).
"I know from personal experience that exceptional teachers and mentors can have a huge impact on what a student believes is possible to achieve," said HHMI president Erin O'Shea. "The HHMI professors are accomplished scientists who will inspire new generations of students through their work in the classroom and in the lab."