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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



UCSF Celebrates 150th Anniversary

This year, UC San Francisco celebrates the 150th anniversary since its founding as Toland Medical College in 1864. Dive into UCSF's rich history and promise for the future through interactive timelines, profiles and infographics on the 150th Anniversary website.

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

The San Francisco delegation accepts a US2020 City Competition award in Washington D.C. From left to right: Aaron Chrisco of the Salesforce Foundation; Lakisha Witzel, academic coordinator at UCSF SEP; Katherine Nielsen, co-director of UCSF SEP; Michael Timmeny, vice president of Government and Community Relations at Cisco; and Eric Schwarz, executive chairman of US2020. Photo courtesy of Corporation for National Community Services

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.

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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?...

High School Students Learning Stem Cell Research: The Future's Bright for Stem Cell Therapies (Video)

Six of SEP's 2013 High School Interns were sponsored by CIRM (California Insitute for Regenerative Medicine) and worked in Stem Cell Related laboratories. 

Estudiante Latina de Secundaria Fija su Interés en Células Madre / Latina High School Student Sets Her Sights on Stem Cells (Video)

La formación de la próxima generación de científicos expertos en la investigacion con células madre es una misión importante para la Agencia de Células Madre de California (CIRM). Este video cuenta con Jazmin Penado... /Training the next generation of stem cell scientists is an important mission for California’s stem cell agency. This video features Jazmin Penado...

SEP's High School Intern Program Receives the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring

President Obama named nine individuals and eight organizations recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. The University of California, San Francisco- Science & Health Education Partnership - High School Intern Program was one of the recipients.  SEP received their award at a White House ceremony in December 2011. 

Summer Programs Give High School Students a Firsthand Learning Experience

Serena Lau spent up to four hours a day for eight weeks this summer traveling between her Sunnyvale home and San Francisco to participate in a UCSF science internship program.

High School Interns Explore Careers in Science with UCSF Summer Program

Gabby Flores didn't speak much English before arriving to the U.S from El Salvador just before starting high school, but science was one way of bridging that language gap.

Summer Internships Encourage High School Students to Pursue Careers in Science
Andrea Lopez knows that she could easily be doomed by her demographic: She is 17, Latina and the mother of a baby boy. Statistics say it’s likely she’ll never finish high school.  Lopez says otherwise. She decided not to let statistics dictate her future. Not only did she stay in school, Lopez recently completed the 2012 High School Summer Intern Program run by the Science & Health Education Partnership (SEP) at UCSF.