UCLA School of Dentistry Is Only Dental School Awarded Howard Hughes Medical Institute 2007 Biomedical Research Institutions Initiative Grant
being only 16 years old and working side by side at a lab bench with noted
scientists at one of the nation's foremost research universities. Beginning in
September, this dream will become a reality for some fortunate
Funding the vision is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which announced June 21 that the UCLA School of Dentistry was the only dental school in the country to be awarded an HHMI 2007 Biomedical Research Institutions Initiative grant.
The award, which grants a total of $748,337 over five years, will enable the school to implement an extensive pre-college science education program to introduce gifted high school juniors and seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds to careers in oral health and scientific research.
research-driven university on the forefront of advances in dental medicine, the
UCLA School of Dentistry is an ideal institution to nurture a passion for
science and discovery in young people," said
students enrolled in the College Bound of Greater Los Angeles program (www.collegeboundca.org) and Project
year, high school students will attend monthly science workshops, followed by
an intensive six-week, in-residence summer research experience at a
chair of the division of public health and community dentistry at the School of
Dentistry, is project director of the HHMI grant, and Carl Maida, adjunct
professor of public health and community dentistry, is the co-director.
"This unprecedented funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will enable UCLA to make great strides in expanding the pipeline for future dentist-scientists," Marcus said. "We look forward to providing an exceptional learning experience that raises young peoples' awareness of career opportunities in oral health research."
The UCLA School
of Dentistry is one of 31 institutions selected for a HHMI Biomedical Research
Institutions award, out of a pool of 127 applicants. The largest privately
funded education initiative of its kind in the
The UCLA School of Dentistry is dedicated
to improving the oral health of the people of