published December 19, 2012

SENCER Summer Institute Returns to Santa Clara University for 2013

Applications Now Available On Line

Up to 40 Post-Institute Implementation NSF Sub-Awards Will Be Made Available in 2013

We are pleased to announce that the 2013 SENCER Summer Institute will again be hosted by Santa Clara University from August 1-5 in Santa Clara, California. We invite you to apply to participate as an institutional team or as an individual.

Santa Clara University (SCU) has extended gracious hospitality to the SENCER community since 2001, having hosted seven Summer Institutes, including SSI 2012. Santa Clara is also the host institution for the SENCER Center for Innovation-West, co-directed by Amy Shachter and Steve Bachofer. SCU faculty and administrators have applied the SENCER approach in impressive ways, and will be sharing the results of that work with colleagues at the Institute.

At SSI 3013 we will offer sessions designed particularly for the needs of newcomers as well as special programs SENCER "alumni" with advanced experience. A suite of follow-up activities for teams will support the post-Institute work back on campus during the fall following SSI 2013.


New support from the National Science Foundation for SENCER will enable us to offer up to 40 post Institute Implementation Sub-Awards to teams who submit meritorious proposals following Institute attendance. A goal for the next several years is the expansion is to reach about 20% of all US colleges and universities (we have worked with about 10% already) and to support expanding efforts on campuses already engaged. Newcomers are this most welcome as are partnerships between alumni institutions and new ones—especially community college/baccalaureate teams.

As is our tradition, in addition to major plenary, practical workshops, and other sessions planned by the Institute organizers and advisory committee members, SSI 2013 will feature concurrent sessions and a poster reception to enable participants to offer presentations on their work designed to improve STEM education. Networking opportunities and designated team time, often noted by past participants as two of the most valuable parts of the Institute, will be prioritized in planning. Specific sessions will be determined based on needs and interests of invited participants. SENCER will also provide teams the opportunity for personal consultations with leaders to work intensely on the implementation of team-planned project(s).


In addition to the programming detailed above, the Institute will feature sessions on programs such as the newly announced SENCER-ISE II project (see below for more information), new collaborations with national organizations, reflections on science and human rights, lessons learned from activities of the SCEWestNet (funded by the Keck Foundation), new SENCER regional centers, a program with Magna Publications to create faculty development support webinars, and more.


Applications have been posted to the SSI 2013 page. The deadline to submit an application is March 15, 2013. Applications submitted before March 15 will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of our committee's decision within a month of our receiving the completed file. If you have any questions about the Institute, please don't hesitate to contact Amanda Moodie (amanda.moodie@sencer.net).