published October 31, 2013

SSI 2014: New Program Additions Announced, Applications Invited

We look forward to returning to Asheville, North Carolina for the 2014 SENCER Summer Institute and introducing new members of our community to the lovely campus and its beautiful surroundings.

As always, the program for the Institute will include all-Institute plenary sessions, workshops on effective pedagogies, examples of successful campus and community applications, and opportunities to meet formal and informal educators, administrators, students, and others from across the country interested in contributing to a civically engaged society and the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Program focus areas will include ideas and suggestions gleaned from the SSI 2013 evaluations. As is our custom, we will program sessions directly responsive to the particular needs identified by those selected to attend. We invite you to use the SSI 2014 application forms to tell us the ideas and suggestions you have for the Institute.

A New "Group" Option
One change as a direct result of participant need is the expansion of participation categories to include the "Group" option. This option is designed for 2-3 people, not necessarily from the same institution, attending together to work toward a common goal. We want to encourage collaborations among individuals at multiple institutions and among different types of institutions, community-based organizations, and others. The new "Group" option is intended to meet this need and goal. "Teams" will still be considered the appropriate category for 4 or more people attending the Institute together. Of course, we will welcome Individual new or alumni participants, as well.

Group and Team Consultations
SENCER offers the opportunity for groups (2-3 people at the Institute) and teams (4 or more people at the Institute) to have a consultation with a leader in the SENCER community, matched based on the group or team's specific needs and interests. Consultations will be held during sessions indicated as 'Team Time' or 'Group Time' noted on the final Institute agenda. If interested in a consultation, please be sure to indicate so in the appropriate section of your Group or Team SSI 2014 application.

SSI New Participant Orientation
In response to suggestions made on the SSI 2013 evaluations, we are introducing an orientation program to the Summer Institute. The orientation will be held just prior to the opening plenary address and gala welcome dinner on July 31. The program will include discussions on the history of SENCER, the theory behind our work and initiatives, and how to make the best of your time at the Institute. We'll also touch on areas such as assessment and review the catalog of resources available to the community both at the Institute and once back home on campus or at your organization. Leaders will be on hand to meet with all participants and answer any questions.

Getting Outside
In addition to Institute sessions and workshops, we will plan tours and trips open to all Institute participants that take advantage of the history and geography of the greater Asheville area. More information on these options will be added to the SSI 2014 website in the coming months.

Join Us in Asheville
If you are interested in participating in SSI 2014 as an individual, group, or team, please visit the SSI 2014 page to learn more and to access the application forms. All applications are due to SENCER by March 3, 2014. SENCER staff will then be in contact with you regarding the status of your application and next steps on April 1, 2014.

Participant Presentations and Posters
Once all applications are reviewed and invitations for participation extended, all SSI 2014 participants will have the opportunity to propose to a poster or concurrent session on current or completed work of interest to the community. Details on how to submit a proposal will be provided to participants in April.

Special Optional Session on Science and Public Policy
We are planning to offer a second annual symposium on science and public policy, open by application and invitation. Details and applications about this symposium will be e-mailed to those in April whose applications for SSI 2014 attendance have been successful.