NIH science education resources

In response to concerns about U.S. students' poor science and math performance, NIH director Elias A. Zerhouni recently produced a special edition of his newsletter focused on science education.

In his introduction to "Special Edition on Science Education," Zerhouni posits that the "best hope for making a broad impact on the children of this nation would be to have a grassroots movement of scientists across the country, rallying for improved science education in their own communities."

The newsletter also highlights two NIH science education resources:
  • Scientists in Science Education: A new guide developed by a team of scientists and educators to help deepen "understanding of the performance of U.S. students, the importance of 'inquiry' in modern science education, the roles of national and state science education standards, and the No Child Left Behind Act." The guide, which is not NIH-specific, is an excellent resource for investigators who need to enhance the "Broader Impact" portion of an NSF proposal and for junior faculty interested in developing NSF CAREER Award proposals.

  • NIH Curriculum Supplement Series-16: Free interactive instructional modules for K-12 students that focus on the latest NIH research.

For more information contact Nathan Meier, proposal development coordinator, Office of Proposal Development,, 472-1808.


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