published May 17, 2013

SSI 2013 to Host 250 Invited Participants

The 2013 SENCER Summer Institute will welcome team and individual representatives from 18 new colleges and universities, alumni institutions, 30 states, nearly 20 community colleges, and ten informal science education venues. Following a careful review of proposed team and individual applications and plans, we are thrilled announce the names of the colleges and universities whose applications have been successful. We expect to have more than 250 invited participants at SSI 2013.

"What a remarkably diverse and interesting set of projects and participants this is," observed David Burns, SENCER's PI. "SSI 2013 participants include a faculty member who plans to combine mathematics with Polynesian canoe construction, new team collaborations between EPSCoR and Campus Compact, efforts at to increase Latinos in STEM programs, and new ideas for effective K-12 teacher preparation." Invited participants have also expressed interest in effective assessment methods (including a proposed update to the SENCER Rubric conceived by students from Indiana State University). Environmental topics, in particular water quality, and public health concerns, including obesity, asthma, and food quality are heavily represented in the compelling civic topics to be used to organize courses and programs. A growing contingent of our community is interested in exploring online adaptations and the connections between STEM and art. Over the coming months, we will profile the planned work of teams and individuals.

We look forward to the contributions from alumni members of the SENCER community who have made great strides in their work and have much to share in discussions on how they have successfully applied the ideals to campus work, whether in courses, programs, faculty development activities, or entire curricular change. Participants new to our community offer a wealth of expertise from their prior activities, enthusiasm, and unique perspectives on many of the broad topics of discussion that the entire education community is grappling with right now. We especially look forward to the strong undergraduate and graduate student presence represented in this group of participants.

Listed below are the names of the higher education institutions that will be represented by invited individuals and teams. In addition to the institutions included below, future issues of the eNews will feature the names and profiles of the SCEWestNet teams, SENCER-ISE partnership teams, and other teams growing out of new SENCER initiatives and partnerships.

Arkansas State University

Auburn University

Barnard College and Columbia University

Butler University

City Colleges of Chicago

College of Staten Island of CUNY

Drexel University

Eastern Maine Community College

Estrella Mountain Community College

Farmingdale State College

Florida Gulf Coast University

Freed-Hardeman University

George Mason University

Harold Washington College

Indiana State University

Kapi'olani Community College

Kingsborough Community College

Leeward Community College

Lipscomb University

Madonna University

Maine EPSCoR - SSP

Maine EPSCor - SSI

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Miami Dade College, InterAmerican Campus

Middle Tennessee State University and TN-SCORE

Monmouth University

New York City College of Technology

Normandale Community College

Northeastern Illinois University

Northern Virginia Community College

North Dakota State University

Pomona College

Rider University

Riverland Community College

Roosevelt University

San Francisco State University

St. John's University

Suffolk County Community College

Texas Woman's University

United States Military Academy (West Point)

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

University of Kentucky

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

University of Pretoria (South Africa)

University of Scranton

University of Southern Maine

University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

West Virginia University

Woodbury University

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Worcester Polytechnic Institute