HHMI at Lehigh University
The major goal of the HHMI program at Lehigh University is to significantly improve STEM retention in bioscience-related fields among underrepresented students and the full STEM population. Our program will accomplish this objective by integrating extensive research engagement in team settings, key support services from various campus offices, and an intensive mentoring structure. The positive impact of prior HHMI-supported initiatives that accelerated development of an interdisciplinary culture in life science education and research guided our plan. These student-focused initiatives, which utilized a multidisciplinary approach, included curricular reforms, a 10-week intensive summer research institute, and broadened access to life science through a web accessible survey course.
There are two major elements that build on these now institutionalized changes in life science education are at the center of the new program: BioConnect and RARE