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Pathways, a classroom-based partnership program funded by the National Institutes of Health, is specifically designed to promote access to and engagement in science learning among students traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

I walked out of the classroom with a piece of my DNA in a tube, and anyone who saw it was interested in learning how I got it and all the details.

 - SFUSD student

Program Overview

The program brings together one high school teacher (Biology/Biotech/ Physiology/Health/Chemistry) and two UCSF scientists in a year-long partnership to inspire students’ interest in science and deepen their understanding of the CA science content standards, the dynamic nature of scientific progress, and how modern biology relates to the students’ own lives. The team works collaboratively to refine existing lessons or create new ones that effectively engage students by incorporating current biomedical research discoveries, case studies and real life applications. UCSF scientists bring their science expertise to lesson planning sessions and are co-teachers when implementing the lessons in their partner teacher's classroom. Throughout the year, partnership teams share the lessons they developed with each other and gain insights into implementing the lessons successfully.

To find out more about the program, follow these links:

Information for Teachers

Information for Scientists


Pathways is supported by the National Center for Research Resources and the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) of the National Institutes of Health through Grant Number R25 OD011097.

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