published February 7, 2013

Apply Now for SSI 2013

From August 1-5, 2013, administrators, faculty and students will gather at the 2013 SENCER Summer Institute to network with colleagues, explore areas of new work, present campus implementations, and discuss STEM education and pedagogy. We invite you to consider joining us this summer, and contribute your thoughts and expertise to discussions on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for all students.


Santa Clara University will host SSI 2013. Located near San Jose, California, Santa Clara has a long history of involvement with SENCER and is the host institution for the SENCER Center for Innovation-West (SCI-West). Santa Clara is also central to our SCEWestNet initiative, which is working to overcome the serious obstacle of sustaining and growing reform - and creating an effective community of practice - across the expansive 17 states of the west. SCEWestNet leaders and partners will be present at the Institute to share their work on this important topic.

The SSI program will feature sessions designed for SENCER newcomers on course design, innovative pedagogies, the concept of civic engagement, and resources available through SENCER and NCSCE. Sessions for alumni participants will focus on advanced levels of civic engagement, policies, and pedagogy. Information about SSI 2013 will be continually updated on the SENCER website. Dedicated team time, discussions on assessment, and explorations of the idea of 'a tipping point' regarding the transformation of STEM education will be woven throughout the Institute program. A future issue of the eNews will also feature an announcement on a new invitational science and public policy workshop.


The deadline to submit an application for team or individual participation is Friday, March 15, 2013. For more information and to access the application forms, please click here. We invite both alumni and participants new to SENCER. SENCER will arrange team consultations as requested on Institute applications. Following the Institute, teams with four or more participants present at the Institute will be eligible to apply for Post-Institute Implementation Awards to support campus work.


SENCER staff will notify all applicants regarding the status of their applications on April 12. As in previous years, invited participants will then have the opportunity to submit proposals to present sessions or posters on their work.

A program fee of $650 covers the participant's enrollment in all Institute sessions including half-day workshops and team consultations, as well as materials, meals during the Institute, and local transportation between the Santa Clara University campus and the SSI hotel in downtown San Jose. SENCER has reserved a block of rooms at a reduced rate at the Fairmont San Jose, as well as campus housing at Santa Clara University. Additional information about lodging options will be sent to SSI participants in April.