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Howard Hughes Medical Institute Sustaining Excellence Program (HHMI)

Drexel CASTLE Philly Phage


The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Sustaining Excellence Program at Drexel University is focused on improving the retention of STEM undergraduates through two strategies:

  • Building mentored intellectual and social communities for STEM undergraduates that focus on student identity development
  • Incentivizing STEM faculty to develop evidence-based education competencies through community building, mentored support activities and recognition of innovative teaching

Drexel activities include:

  • Modification to the University 101 course to incorporate: peer mentors, inquiry projects, and team activities
  • Course to support faculty teaching large introductory STEM courses
  • CASTLE Seminar Series, Pedagogical Happy Hour and yearly symposium
  • CASTLE Faculty Fellows, who support faculty teaching undergraduate STEM courses by answering questions about implementing effective online/remote teaching and serving as a sounding board for faculty that want advice about an approach they would like to try in their classroom