About ISEE

Providing Innovative Training to Advance an Equitable and Inclusive STEM Workforce

ISEE is housed at University of California Observatories, and has been partnering with observatories and the astronomy community for more than 20 years.

ISEE programs and projects complement formal higher education, and serve people seeking to enter STEM careers, and those already in STEM careers wanting to be more inclusive and effective.


ISEE Programs & Projects

AstroTechAdvancing Astronomy Instrument Builders
Akamai: Advancing the next generation of Hawaii’s science, engineering, and technology professionals
Mentor Workshop: Preparing Akamai mentors to design and facilitate productive projects in the STEM workplace
Professional Development Program (PDP): Preparing STEM graduate students and postdocs to be leaders in effective and inclusive education
WEST: Integrating transfer students into the UCSC STEM community
TMT Early-Career Initiative (TECI): Preparing a global network of early-career scientists and engineers to advance the TMT partnership
Research & Development Projects 
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ISEE Events

Information about COVID-19 and attending 2023 ISEE programs and events

Akamai Mentor Workshop: May 25-26, 2023. Hilo Hawaii

Akamai Internship: June 11 – Aug 12, 2023.

AstroTech summer school: July 17 – 21, 2023. UC Berkeley campus


See ISEE’s publications on program impacts, strategies, and professional development curriculum:

Presidential Award for Mentoring

ISEE has received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM).  The award, established by the White House in 1995, honors people and programs that have demonstrated excellence in mentoring individuals from groups that are underrepresented in STEM.

ISEE received the award for its work developing a local science and engineering workforce for observatories on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea and Haleakala summits. ISEE's Akamai Internship Program offers intensive training in problem solving and communications skills that are highly valued by employers.

See full article: https://news.ucsc.edu/2018/06/hunter-isee.html