Huntington Willard, director of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, has won a $1 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Willard, a PhD, was one of 20 scientists selected as a Howard Hughes Professor in a national competition.

The grant is to be used to help improve undergraduate science education.

“The scientists whom we have selected are true pioneers…not only in their research, but in their creative approaches and dedication to teaching,” said Thomas Cech, president of the institute. “We are hopeful that their educational experiments will energize undergraduate science education throughout the nation.”

Willard launched “The Genome Revolution” seminar program for incoming freshmen in 2004. He has authored or co-authored more than 300 scientific papers.

Willard earned a biology degree at Harvard and a PhD from Yale.

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