Middlebury is one of 104 colleges and universities to receive a six-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to support initiatives that foster more inclusive and equitable introductory education in the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math.
Scientist Ross McIntosh has been working to overcome antivaccination beliefs in communities experiencing polio outbreaks in Africa. Fluency in French—gained through a fellowship at the Language Schools—has helped him to overcome vaccine hesitancy.
As a doctor, Masiray Kamara always knew clear communication was vital. Now she is putting skills gained through a fellowship at the Language Schools to use in her practice to build deeper bonds and help her patients overcome mistrust in the medical system.
Middlebury plans to make data science a fundamental part of a liberal arts education. A new initiative, midd.data, will ensure all students understand and can use data and digital tools and techniques to create knowledge, regardless of their majors.
A summer teaching science to refugee children showed Hannah Harris the power of language. A fellowship at the School of Korean has gave her the skills to advance international collaboration as a communicator for the International Astronomical Union.
Davis United World College Scholar Rachel Ochako ’11 has transformed childhood hardship into a lifelong mission of opening doors for others. She is currently deputy director of international programs at Africare.