Imaginebeing only 16 years old and working side by side at a lab bench with notedscientists at one of the nation's foremost research universities. Beginning inSeptember, this dream will become a reality for some fortunate
Fundingthe vision is the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), which announced June21 that the UCLA School of Dentistry was the only dental school in the countryto be awarded an HHMI 2007 Biomedical Research Institutions Initiative grant.
Theaward, which grants a total of $748,337 over five years, will enable the schoolto implement an extensive pre-college science education program to introducegifted high school juniors and seniors from disadvantaged backgrounds tocareers in oral health and scientific research.
"As aresearch-driven university on the forefront of advances in dental medicine, theUCLA School of Dentistry is an ideal institution to nurture a passion forscience and discovery in young people," said
High schoolstudents enrolled in the College Bound of Greater Los Angeles program (www.collegeboundca.org) and ProjectGRAD
During junioryear, high school students will attend monthly science workshops, followed byan intensive six-week, in-residence summer research experience at a
Marvin Marcus,chair of the division of public health and community dentistry at the School ofDentistry, is project director of the HHMI grant, and Carl Maida, adjunctprofessor of public health and community dentistry, is the co-director.
"Thisunprecedented funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will enable UCLAto make great strides in expanding the pipeline for future dentist-scientists,"Marcus said. "We look forward to providing an exceptional learning experiencethat raises young peoples' awareness of career opportunities in oral healthresearch."
The UCLA Schoolof Dentistry is one of 31 institutions selected for a HHMI Biomedical ResearchInstitutions award, out of a pool of 127 applicants. The largest privatelyfunded education initiative of its kind in the