Millsaps receives $1.4 million science grant

By Special to the Daily Journal

JACKSON – Millsaps College has received a $1.4 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to redesign its science curriculum.
The new curriculum is aimed at expanding the number of students interested in pre-medical education and deepening scientific training for all students.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is a nonprofit organization that ranks as one of the nation’s largest philanthropies and plays a leading role in advancing biomedical research and science education in the United States.
Millsaps was selected from a nationwide pool of 187 schools as one of 47 colleges to receive an award based on the strength of its record in science education and the proposed initiative.
S. Keith Dunn, senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college said, “The Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant will help Millsaps expand its longstanding leadership role in educating future physicians and health care providers. Our enhanced curriculum will allow us to play a central role in addressing Mississippi’s critical need for more and better-trained physicians.”
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Mississippi’s physician population percentage is among the lowest in the nation. Mississippi has 18.2 physicians per 10,000 people compared to a national rate of 27.7 physicians per 10,000 people.
An advisory board including faculty and administrators from the University of Mississippi Medical Center has been created to further support the enhancement of Millsaps’ pre-medical education program. The UMMC Advisory Board will assist the college in developing the curriculum and assessing the program.
Millsaps President Robert W. Pearigen said, “At Millsaps, we not only want to attract great students, we want to change how students think in ways that will make them transformative leaders in their chosen fields and in solving complex problems of the 21st century. This highly competitive award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is evidence that our programs and faculty are superb.”
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