What you need to know
about the HOPES program

webmp Approximate number of students impacted by HOPES since 2011, by state 

Projects supported in 2015

  • Supporting Science Instruction for Deaf Students: Sara Raven, Kent State University
  • Introducing Kinesiology STEM Activities in Clarkston School District: Robert Catena, Washington State University
  • Collaboration between a Community College and a Local High School to Engage Students in Authentic Microbiology Research: Joan Petersen, Queensborough Community College
  • Collaborative Development and Implementation of Problem-based-Biomedical Laboratory Projects into the Curricula of Regional High School Biology Classes: Darren Stoub, Dordt College
  • Drosophila Microbiome: Using Microbiology and Molecular Techniques to Identify Microbiome Diversity: Neal Silverman, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • From Atoms to Biomolecules: Increasing Appreciation of Central Dogma and Biomolecule Evolution with Eighth-Grade Students: Daniel Dowling, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • CSI: Choosing Science and Innovation: Authentic Science Experiences for Fifth-Grade Students: Bethany Melroe Lehrman, Dakota Wesleyan University
  • Student Explorations of Synthetic Biology: Todd Eckdahl, Missouri Western University
  • “Hands-on, Minds-on” Biology Laboratory Outreach: Susan Stull, North Central Missouri College

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology established the Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science grant program in 2011 to incentivize and support the development of outreach programs and partnerships by teachers and researchers.

About the grants

Each year, the ASBMB awards grants of up to $2,000 for partnerships between K – 12 teacher(s) and academic researchers to bring hands-on, inquiry-based learning to K – 12 students. Applications are judged based upon the diversity of the target audience, the nature of the project/activity and the plan for sharing responsibilities. As of 2015, the grants became renewable for up to one more year.

About the workshop

The annual workshops include: presentations from previous grant recipients, hands-on outreach demos and networking opportunities.

The past five years — by the numbers

131 applications
41 winners

Geographic distribution
26 states

67 teachers
50 scientists
175 undergraduates

5,741 K – 12 students
2,264 underrepresented students
2,572 low-income students

Organizing committee

Regina Stevens-Truss, Kalamzoo College
Peter Kennelly Peter Kennelly, Virginia Tech University
Ray Sweet Ray Sweet, fomerly of Janssen R&D
Geoff Hunt Geoff Hunt, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology