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History of CISER

Burns, Lawless and Blanton
Original Program Directors Dr. John Burns (left) and
Dr. Larry Blanton (right) receive the first HHMI grant check
from Dr. Steven Lawless, TTU President (1989-96)

Texas Tech University has received five grants (in 1992, 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006) from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Science Education Program totaling $7.8 million dollars. TTU was the only Texas institution to receive a grant in the 2002 competition, and is the only Texas institution to receive continuous funding from HHMI. CISER is primarily funded by the HHMI Undergraduate Science Education Program. CISER, in partnerships with the Region 17 Education Service Center (ESC), the Texas High School Project, the TTU TSTEM Center, and the Noyce grant at TTU, supports professional development activities for preservice and inservice STEM teachers.