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The Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) is a collaboration between UC San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District. Scientists and educators from both organizations work in partnership to support quality science education for K-12 students. » More about SEP

Applications now open for Cellular Construction Workshop 7/24 - 8/4

  • SEP is excited to announce a new NSF-funded summer program as part of the Center for Cellular Construction.  This two-week workshop will engage bay area public high school student/teacher teams in design challenges as they learn about cellular engineering.  This new field will apply our burgeoning knowledge of how cells (and systems of cells) are built, make decisions, and accomplish tasks to develop new cell-based technologies. 
  • To download a flyer, click here
  • To apply, click here

Congratulations to SEP's Founder, Bruce Alberts! Winner of the Lasker- Koshland Award for Lifetime of Research and Science Advocacy

  • UC San Francisco biochemist Bruce Alberts, PhD, has received the 2016 Lasker~Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science, one of the highest honors in biomedicine. The award, bestowed every two years by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, honors Alberts for his “fundamental discoveries in DNA replication and protein biochemistry; for visionary leadership in directing national and international scientific organizations to better people’s lives; and for passionate dedication to improving education in science and mathematics.”...


SEP Launches a New Public Health Focused High School Intern Program in Summer 2016

  • San Francisco Health Investigators (an NIH SEPA funded program) welcomes 20 sophmores moving in to their junior year of high school in SFUSD, as they engage in a public health research project.  The research project will investigate issues important to the health of their communities and develop targeted messaging campaigns addressing these issues. The project begins in the summer of 2016 and continues into the following school year. For more information visit:


UCSF Welcomes 27 New SEP High School Interns for Summer 2016


  • Twenty-seven rising seniors from SFUSD's high schools, will launch their research projects in UCSF labs across three campuses in San Francisco. Their work will culminate in poster presentations at the end of the summer, celebrating their accomplishments and the valuable work of their UCSF mentors.


SEP Hosts SFUSD Elementary School Teachers in Two NGSS Institutes

  • Fifty elementary school teachers from SFUSD will participate in SEP's 2016 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Summer Institute which will introduce the teachers to the basic structure of the NGSS in a hands-on 2-day workshop. Teachers learned how to navigate through the grade-level standards, how to integrate the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices and Cross-Cutting Concepts into their science teaching and how the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) complement one another and the ways that science teaching can support student learning in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics.

UCSF’s Science Education Partnership Leads Award-Winning STEM Initiative

San Francisco is one of seven winners of a national competition to encourage mentoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), with an initiative to be led by UC San Francisco’s Science & Health Education Partnership.  The US2020 City Competition challenged cities to develop innovative models for dramatically increasing the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects.

UCSF's Public Service Awards Go to Two Graduate Students

Interim Chancellor Sam Hawgood recently presented two UCSF graduate students, Charles Morgan and Dr. Carolyn Sufrin (also a UCSF faculty member), with awards for their outstanding service to the community. These students remind us that UCSF is a place where people not only learn to do good science, but also learn to do good.

Winner of the Chancellor’s Award for Public Service, Charlie Morgan is a sixth-year student in the pharmaceutical chemistry PhD program working with Professor Jim Wells. Charlie has served as a volunteer with the UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) program almost since he first began his degree program in 2008.

SEP in the News:

SEP Program Puts High School Students on Path to Grad School (8/12/14)

The end of July brought to a close eight transformative weeks for a small group of San Francisco high school students, who spent their summer doing mentored research in labs at UCSF. Twenty students participated in the High School Intern Program (HIP), which is run by the UCSF Science and Health Education Partnership.

Inspring Scientists of all ages (an editorial by Rebecca Smith)

When I was six, I fell in love with science. Visiting a friend one day in rural Indiana, her mother, an artist, showed us how to see onion skin cells using a microscope...

UCSF Volunteers Inspire Budding Scientists in SF Schools

Do you want to gain teaching experience, inspire young students in science and contribute to the community by working with K-12 students? Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) may be your answer...

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Hearts & Bones: Students Teach Hands-On Science to Elementary School Kids

Imagine standing in front of 25 kids in a 2nd grade classroom. Your goal is to engage and teach these seven year-old students about the skeletal system. What do you do?...