2009-2010

March 4, 2010 Furman received the 2009-2010 Commendation of Excellence for Learning Award

On March 4, 2010, Furman received the 2009-2010 Commendation of Excellence for Service Learning Award in the independent colleges category from the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (SCCHE) for our HHMI Mentors Program, "Advancing Science Education and Wellness in Urban Greenville Schools", supported in part by our undergraduate science education grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.



In the attached picture "Hughes Service Award", pictured left to right are Cynthia Mosteller (Furman alumnus, Govenor's Appointee to the SCCHE and mother of Furman sophomore Cynthia Mosteller); Dr. Patrick Mark, (Principal of Hughes Academy); Dr. John Kaup, (Coordinator of Science Education at Furman); Robbie Higdon, (Magnet Program Coordinator at Hughes Academy); Dr. John Wheeler, (Director of Integrative Research in the Sciences at Furman); Kathy McKinney, (Chair, Furman Board of Trustees), and Kenneth Wingate, (Chair, SCCHE). In the 2nd picture (Hughes Mentor 2), sophomore chemistry major Kayla Hammer is pictured standing with Hughes Academy student Kelvin Rosemond, whom she has mentored for the past two years.

Through this continuing partnership with Hughes Academy of Science and Technology (the public magnet middle school for science and technology in Greenville County serving a diverse, urban student body), over 40 Furman math and science majors have logged more than 300 contact hours mentoring Hughes Academy students one-on-one in the 2009-2010 school year.

The HHMI award also supports involvement with the Fuller Normal Advanced Technology Charter School, providing evening assistance with homework led by Furman HES majors, and instructional assistance with science camps during the summer months directed by Furman science majors.



2010 Furman Professors Win HHMI Distinguished Mentor Awards


Dr. Brannon Andersen

(Earth and Environmental Science)

Dr. Gil Einstein

(Psychology)  

Furman University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute recognize the significance of faculty members who make substantial contributions to increase the number, quality and diversity of students completing successful undergraduate research/engaged learning experiences. To that end, Furman is joining with existing HHMI Distinguished Mentor programs at the University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Harvey Mudd College and Emory University to select two Distinguished Research Mentors each year. Faculty applications will be considered from all departments; awardees will receive one year of discretionary ($5,000/yr) and research supplies ($5,000/yr) funding. Selection criteria will focus on successful mentoring, scholarship, and encouragement of student research and creative development at both the undergraduate level and in secondary school (outreach) activities.

Dr. Brannon Andersen (Earth and Environmental Science)

For more information and to obtain an application for the 2010 Distinguished Mentors Program, please e-mail a request to Dr. John Wheeler, Program Coordinator, Furman HHMI-BRIDGES (john.wheeler@furman.edu).


January 23rd and 24th, 2010 University of Florida CASE (Creativity in the Arts & Sciences Event), Gainesville, FL.

Dr. John Kaup and Furman HHMI Fellows Greg Olsen, James Wade, Alexis Wong, Haley Harteg, Kayla Hammer, Holly Arrowood and Denae Buzzell competed along with 142 other university research students.

Furman HHMI Undergraduate Research Fellows gather with UF students in front of the Florida Museum of Natural History prior to making research presentations in the January, 2010 Creative Arts and Science Exposition (CASE).



Furman HHMI Fellow Greg Olsen (foreground) explains his research to visitors at CASE, held at the Florida Museum on Natural History in January, 2010.



Furman HHMI Fellow Alexis Wong explains her research on the development on new anti-cancer drugs to an interested student at CASE in January 2010.


August 19, 2009 Greenville Public Schools school year began. Sign-up to be a HUGHES MENTOR at Hughes Academy of Science and Technology. Application form. Please send completed form to: john.wheeler@Furman.edu.


July 23, 2009 HHMI/BBF students participated in Furman/Davidson Psychology Research Poster Symposium in Kohrt Commons.


July 19, 2009 Clemson/Furman HHMI SPRI (Summer Program for Research Interns) Poster Symposium.


June 8-July 19, 2009 HHMI/Governors School of Science and Math Summer Research - 8 GSSM students research with Furman professors and students.


2009 Furman Professors Win HHMI Distinguished Mentor Awards


Dr. Timothy Hanks
(Chemistry)

Dr. Victoria Turgeon
(Biology)

Furman University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute recognize the significance of faculty members who make substantial contributions to increase the number, quality and diversity of students completing successful undergraduate research/engaged learning experiences. To that end, Furman is joining with existing HHMI Distinguished Mentor programs at the University of Florida, Louisiana State University, Harvey Mudd College and Emory University to select two Distinguished Research Mentors each year. Faculty applications will be considered from all departments; awardees will receive one year of discretionary ($5,000/yr) and research supplies ($5,000/yr) funding. Selection criteria will focus on successful mentoring, scholarship, and encouragement of student research and creative development at both the undergraduate level and in secondary school (outreach) activities.

For more information and to obtain an application for the 2010 Distinguished Mentors Program, please e-mail a request to Dr. John Wheeler, Program Coordinator, Furman HHMI-BRIDGES (john.wheeler@furman.edu).


June 8-12 and July 13-30, 2009 HHMI/BBF (Bridges to a Brighter Future) Summer Research - 10 Greenville County high school students assist in Furman research.


June 8-July 1, 2009 HHMI Fellows Summer Research Seminars - 28 Fellows participate in research projects on campus, New Mexico and France.


May 11-29, 2009 May Experience HHMI Scholars Seminars - 10 Scholars, 2009

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