About ISEE

ISEE prepares current and future professionals to advance in astronomy, engineering, astronomical instrumentation, observatory careers, physics, and other STEM fields through innovative programs that build valued skills, prioritize inclusion, and create enduring communities.

ISEE is housed at the University of California Observatories, and is located on the campus of University of California, Santa Cruz.


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
Research & Development Projects 
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ISEE Events


PDP 2024: Inquiry Institute April 3-6, 2024. Monterey, CA

Design Institute1 April 24 - 27, 2024. Hilo, HI

Design Institute2 May 5-8, 2024. Santa Cruz, CA

Akamai Mentor WorkshopFriday May 17 - Saturday May 18, 2024. Hilo, Hawaii

Akamai Internship: Program Dates: June 3 – Aug 10, 2024

AstroTech summer school: July 9 - 13, 2024. 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