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The Howard Hughes Medical Institute and three universities are teaming up to try to replicate the successful Meyerhoff Scholars Program, which has helped the University of Maryland-Baltimore County become a top producer of minority scientists. Under the arrangement, announced Tuesday, Hughes will help Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill try to adapt elements of the Meyerhoff program to newly created programs on their own campuses. The five-year effort, into which HHMI is investing $7.5 million, is designed to study the progress of the adaptation to see if it can be done and then further expanded.