. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Background

In 1989, four historically minority universities and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill joined forces to introduce biomolecular science into high school and college classrooms. After five years of dedicated cooperation, the group earned a grant renewal from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. With these funds in hand, the partners transformed a small, experimental program into a formal alliance of eight universities called the Partnership for Minority Advancement in the Biomolecular Sciences. With HHMI's continuing support, PMABS has now extended its efforts to include an instructional technology laboratory, a postdoctoral training program, and a traveling science laboratory. These initiatives build upon the principle that quality education depends upon knowledgeable teachers, cutting-edge curricula, and excellent resources with which to "do" science.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

PMABS collaborates with partner universities in a range of interrelated activities designed to build and sustain the infrastructure of their biology departments. These include:

Offering research internships and teaching assistantships so that undergraduates can experience the research culture, develop research skills, and present research findings at local and national scientific conferences;

Providing professional development workshops on grant writing, negotiation, Internet use, and the like for HMU faculty;

Developing ndergraduate courses (e.g., 'Frontiers in the Biomolecular Sciences' and 'Biology Capstone Laboratory') that provide students with content and training, including writing and computer skills, needed to navigate the specialized world of biomolecular research;

Equipping undergraduate instructional laboratories for use by HMU students in these PMABS-supported courses. These laboratories also host fieldtrips by classes from area schools using the PMABS-supported CityLab curriculum.
 

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

In collaboration with seven of North Carolina's historically minority universities, CELL aims to contribute to achieving diversity in science careers. CELL explores the use of existing and emerging technologies to facilitate equity of access to cutting-edge biomolecular sciences, as a means of contributing to the reform of undergraduate science education. Drawing upon the multidisciplinary expertise of its staff, CELL embraces innovative pedagogical and technological approaches to create engaging and interactive bioscience curricula and educational resources. Read more on CELL's Web site.
 

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

SPIRE is an innovative post-doc training program that combines traditional research at UNC-CH with teaching at seven of North Carolina's historically minority universities. SPIRE is designed to support PMABS' partner universities in their development of underrepresented students in the life sciences. Mentored by HMU biology faculty, SPIRE post-docs will bring their research and instructional training to classrooms at partner HMUs. SPIRE is funded by an award of $4,005,000 from the Minority Opportunities in Research Division at NIGMS. We invite you to find out more on SPIRE's Web site.
 

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The Secondary Science Educator Program introduces North Carolina high school and middle school teachers to PMABS' curriculum portfolio (including CityLab), provides funds for implementing the curriculum in participating teachers' classrooms, and organizes field trips to labs at regional HMUs for the students in these teachers' classes. Read more about SSEP workshops

Destiny, the Traveling Science Laboratory, is an innovative outreach program that brings contemporary teaching techniques and tools to Tar Heel public schools that are underserved in the sciences. In collaboration with a network of trained teachers, this 40-foot-long, custom-equipped vehicle supports hands-on, inquiry-based learning and delivers innovative science modules and Internet access. Take a virtual tour on Destiny's Web site.

Make a WHISE Investment materials produced by PMABS help school systems and other advocates for secondary science education learn about innovative curricula and the equipment and supplies needed.  Download a PDF of Make a WHISE Investment in . . . The Case of the Crooked Cell
 
 
 


 
 


Copyright© 1996-2002 by PMABS