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The AAI Education Committee is dedicated to promoting science education and helping its members in science outreach activities. These include the AAI Immunology Courses, Summer Research Program for Teachers, AAI Undergraduate Science Faculty Program, Grant Review for Immunologists Program ("GRIP"), and committee-sponsored symposia at the AAI Annual Meeting.
We also sponsor a Summer Research Program for Teachers, make available the exercises produced by its participants, present additional exercises for use at various K-12 grade levels, and provide information on mentoring a teacher or student or visiting a school in your area.
Through the AAI Undergraduate Science Faculty Program, the committee is committed to assisting undergraduate faculty by offering them the opportunity to attend an intensive introductory course in immunology and also take part in a hands-on laboratory experience. By helping faculty teach immunology to undergraduate students, develop curricula, and form research collaborations, we hope to enhance their ability to introduce undergraduate students to the excitement and experimental approaches that define the field of immunology and, at the same time, promote research opportunities available to scientists at undergraduate teaching institutions.
The Grant Review for Immunologists Program ("GRIP") invites new PIs to submit an outline or NIH-style abstract to the GRIP coordinator who, with the assistance of a small volunteer subcommittee, will attempt to match the topic of the proposal with the research experience of an established PI. Matches will be made as quickly as possible to allow new PIs to meet upcoming NIH grant deadlines. Participation is strictly voluntary and is not intended to preclude internal mentoring programs.
Each year the committee sponsors an education symposium at the AAI Annual Meeting.
John G. Frelinger, Ph.D. (17), Chair
Professor of Microbiology
University of Rochester
John Frelinger website
Clinton B. Mathias, Ph.D. (17)
Western New England University
Clinton Mathias website
Julie Jameson, Ph.D. (18)
California State University, San Marcos
Julie Jameson website
David Mullins, Ph.D. (18)
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
David Mullins website
Steven M. Varga, Ph.D. (18)
University of Iowa
Steven Varga website
Anil K. Bamezai, Ph.D. (’19)
Anil Bamezai website
Kerry Anne Casey, Ph.D. (’19)
Kerry Casey website
Edith Porter, M.D. ('19)
California State University Los Angeles
Edith Porter website
Michelle Anne Swanson-Mungerson, Ph.D. (’19)
Michelle Swanson-Mungerson website