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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

The Bay Area Science Festival Returns:
October 22- November 7, 2015


    The 5th annual Bay Area Science Festival returns this fall with over 50 events throughout the Bay Area. Be entertained, be educated, and fall in love with science all over again. Over 200 science, technology, and engineering organizations will present the fun and excitement of science through hands-on, interactive exhibits, science-themed performances and demonstrations, and family-oriented entertainment. From leading research institutes and universities to high tech companies, museums and community organizations. Full festival schedule will be released on 9/8/15.

UCSF Welcomes 20 new SEP High School Interns for Summer 2015

  • Twenty rising seniors from SFUSD's high schools, have launched 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

  • Forty- nine elementary school teachers from SFUSD participated in SEP's 2015 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Summer Institute which introduced 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

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.

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?...

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.