In the area of Student Research, HHMI funds student research and travel to meetings through the Interdisciplinary Science Scholars and Multicultural Scholars Programs (MSP), and work-study positions in science labs.
Haverford frequently hosts the annual Undergraduate Science Research Symposium where students and faculty from the departments of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology (Geoscience), Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology from Bryn Mawr, Dickinson, Franklin and Marshall, Gettysburg, Haverford, Swarthmore, and Ursinus Colleges are invited to participate. In the Fall of 2006 Dickinson College hosted the event. Ursinus College anticipates hosting in the Fall of 2007 or Spring of 2008.
HHMI Scholars also participate in a
Summer Journal Club as well as a special
course designed to give them a broader
perspective on interdisciplinary science. The most recent course was designed and organized by Robert Fairman (HHMI Director) on “Interdisciplinary
Examinations of Biologically Significant
Research”, which culminated in the two-day
visit of Elizabeth Gould. Dr. Gould is a
neurobiologist from Princeton University and the title
of her talk was “Structural plasticity in
the adult brain.”