About ISEE

ISEE’s mission is to advance highly productive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals who contribute to making the  STEM workforce more diverse and inclusive.

By mobilizing current and future STEM professionals, who collectively teach and mentor hundreds of college students and recent graduates each year, ISEE uses an inventive model for STEM workforce development that simultaneously impacts current STEM professionals, while preparing and advancing a new generation.


PDP:  for scientists and engineers

AKAMAI: workforce development in Hawaii

PREP: for undergraduates doing summer research projects

WEST: for incoming community college transfer students

R&D: learning about teaching, learning and workforce development

Telescope Workforce Development: partnerships with international observatories

ISEE Themes

 ISEE Events



Akamai Mentor Workshop, May 19th-20th. Hilo Hawaii

Active Learning Collaboration Hour, May 24. University of California, Santa Cruz

Akamai PREP Week, Launch of Internship Program. June 12th-16th. University of Hawaii, Maui. Kahului, Hawaii

Preparing TMT Future Science and Technology Leaders WorkshopAugust 22nd-29th. University of California, Santa Cruz

STEM Active Learning Seminar Series, Second Thursday of each month, 12:00-1:00 PM: Biomedical Building Room 300


 2017 PDP

The Professional Development Program (PDP): Preparing STEM graduate students and postdocs to be leaders in effective and inclusive education.

This spring 72 scientists and engineers attended the Inquiry Institute and Design Institute, representing 11 academic departments at UCSC, plus 14 other institutions across the U.S.:
Carnegie Observatories
Columbia University
Michigan State University
Texas A&M University
UC Davis
UC Irvine
UC San Diego
UC Los Angeles
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Hawaii
University of Houston
University of Kentucky
University of Texas at Austin

PDP participants are now working in 23 design teams to develop STEM learning activities for undergraduate students and will teach their activities at a wide range of venues this summer and fall.  Each activity is designed to teach an essential concept in a STEM discipline, while simultaneously supporting students’ growth in at least one fundamental STEM practice.

PDP Design Teams, current and past

PDP Teaching Venues

Publications on the PDP

Announcing TMT workshop

As part of ISEE's ongoing work with telescopes, ISEE received funding to host a workshop for graduate students and postdocs from the Thirty Meter Telescope partnership.

Participants from Canada, China, India, Japan, and the U.S. will attend this workshop held at UCSC in August, 2017.

For more information on ISEE's Telescope Workforce Initiative, see isee-telescope-workforce.org