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Fox Chase Cancer Center Awarded Prestigious Science Education Grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institution

PHILADELPHIA (July 15, 1999) -- Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 biomedical research institutions nationwide to receive a Pre-College Science Education Grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). The Institute's grants program is the biggest private initiative in U.S. history to enhance the quality of science education. Fox Chase's award is for $325,000, over four years.

More than 200 institutions were invited to compete for the awards. The successful proposals typically featured close ties with local schools and community partners.

With this grant, Fox Chase will launch its "Partnership for Cancer Research Education." The program's objective is to improve students' understanding of science and inquiry skills. Through the program, scientists from Fox Chase's divisions of basic, medical and population science will collaborate with area high school teachers and students to work on real, ongoing cancer research projects.

"We're very excited about this new program. Fox Chase has a strong tradition of educational outreach to get young people interested in science through hands-on learning and to help prepare them for possible careers in science and medicine. We're grateful to the people at Howard Hughes for helping us continue this tradition with this new grant," said Robert C. Young, M.D., President of Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Teacher-scientist partnerships will be long-term, continuing throughout the grant period. Teachers and scientists will co-design projects to ensure sound pedagogy and scientific method. Fox Chase researchers will also act as mentors to the young students to ensure a worthwhile learning experience.

Students in a class will review a Fox Chase scientist's research, ask a question, design experiments (to be done by the students if possible, or by the scientist), analyze the resulting data, draw conclusions, and come up with new questions to repeat the inquiry process. They will then share their experience with the community at the end of the school year. Individual students will also have the opportunity to work in Fox Chase labs for a full year.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a medical research organization that employs scientists in cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology. Hughes investigators conduct medical research in HHMI laboratories at 71 outstanding academic medical centers and universities nationwide. Through its complementary grants program, HHMI supports science education in the United States and a select group of researchers abroad.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 35 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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