About ISEE

Providing Innovative Training to Advance an Equitable and Inclusive STEM Workforce

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PDP:  Preparing STEM graduate students and postdocs to be leaders in effective and inclusive education

AKAMAI: Advancing the next generation of Hawaii’s science, engineering, and technology professionals

PREP: For undergraduates doing summer research projects

WEST: Integrating transfer students into the UCSC STEM community

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

Telescope Workforce Development: Partnerships with international observatories

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ISEE Themes

Inquiry, equity plus inclusion, and assessment

 ISEE Events




WEST 2017, Sept 18th-20th, UCSC Campus. Workshops for Engineering & Science Transfer Students

UC STEM Faculty Learning Community Meeting, Oct 6th-7th, University of California Santa Cruz Campus

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

TMT Workshop Success

ISEE brought more than 40 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from around the world to UCSC for an 8-day workshop. The workshop engaged the participants in the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT), a $1.4 billion project that has contracted ISEE to establish a workforce development program for them.

See full article: https://news.ucsc.edu/2017/09/tmt-workshop.html

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