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Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Programs

News and Deadlines

Upcoming Events

SILS Retrospective: Learning from Our Teachers, August 2012
Thanks to all who participated in this special meeting to celebrate 23 yrs of our programs for in-service K-12 teachers!

Application Deadlines

Interested in the Biology Fellows Program?
BIOL 106, the BFP course, is now a regular course provided by the Biology Department. See an adviser in HCK 318 for more info.
Interested in the Future Faculty Fellows Teaching Apprenticeships?
Contact R. Price or M. Servetnick at UW Bothell for more info.


Our Updated Web Site
Please explore the program pages to see the resources and articles developed by our UW-HHMI team.
Our National Lab Day Celebration!
To learn more about our NLD celebration for middle school kids, see our K-12 outreach page.
In Print...
Read the 2012 article about the Biology Fellows Program in CBE-LSE (in press):
"Facilitating Long-Term Changes in Student Approaches to Learning Science"
Congratulations to UW-HHMI Participants & Awardees
Gilliam Fellowship Awardee: Martha Zepeda Rivera

HHMI EXROP Awardee: Elischa Sanders

Levinson Emerging Scholar: Marvin Nayan

President's Achievement Awardee: Denise Della

Bank of America Scholar: Jose Mario Pineda

Wells Fargo Vice President’s Achievement Awardee: Erica Chavez Santos

McNair Scholar: Elizabeth Emau, Chinonso Opara, Martha Zepeda Rivera

Mary Gates Scholar: Justin De Leon, Denise Della, Mauna Edrozo, Brittany Harding, Shereen Khorami, Megan Lacy, Helen Lai, Nathan Ma, Kevin Magnaye, Chantal Murthy, Alex Nelson, Kien-Thiet Nguyen, Jose Pineda, Claire Powers, Neela Ramanujam, Keiko Weir, Yue Xiang, Simon Zhou, Jessie Zou

S.M.A.R.T. Challenge Winning Team: Alexis Brendible, Veronica Rodriguez, Yesenia Rosales, and Erica Chavez Santos

Emerging Researchers National Meeting Presentation Awardees: Klondy Canales and Thien-Y Le

Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Presenters: Nadya Ali, Jennifer Cross, Rebecca de Frates, and Cynthia Wainaina

About the Programs

Welcome to the website for the UW-HHMI Science Education Programs. Our programs were designed to increase the diversity and success of students and mentors in the biological sciences and drive innovations in science education and outreach. Our programs were generously supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) from 1989 through 2012 and based in the Department of Biology.

We hope you will take a few minutes to learn about our programs for UW students, postdocs, and faculty, and our outreach programs for K-12 students and teachers from across the state of Washington We are anxious to share our HHMI-funded resources with interested colleagues. Please see our program pages for links to our materials and publications. We welcome your feedback about whether these resources are useful for your work in science education, training, and research.

For a brief view of major programs, please download our brochures:

Program Staff

Program Director
Barbara Wakimoto, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

Program Manager
Nomi Odano

Undergraduate Programs Organizer
Brian Buchwitz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Programs Organizer
Merrill Hille, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology

K-12 Teacher Training Programs Organizer
Helen Buttemer, M.S.
Graduate Program Coordinator, UW Masters of Science Program in Biology for Teachers

Visit Biology Programs Organizer
Katherine Glew, Ph.D.


Advisory Committee

2006-2010 Advisory Committee Members:

Dr. John Bransford, Professor of Education, College of Education and the LIFE Center
Dr. Tom Daniel, Professor, Department of Biology
Dr. Pete Greenberg, Professor, Department of Microbiology
Dr. Mary Lidstrom, Vice Provost for Research, Professor Department of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Emile Pitre, Associate Vice President, Office of Minority Affairs
Dr. Alan Weiner, Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry