NMSU Science Grant

Las Cruces – New Mexico State University is getting $1.8 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to strengthen undergraduate and precollege science education.

The institute says that in the past four years, more than 2,000 New Mexico high school students have done basic genetics experiments with the help of NMSU scientists and a mobile lab that goes to a different school each week.

The hands-on program was started in 2006 with the help of a grant from the institute.

The new grant will allow the university to expand its offerings.

It will support programs to give high school teachers ways to develop classroom lessons similar to those offered through the mobile lab.

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