SENCER Center for Innovation




About SCI-Midwest

The SCI-Midwest has sponsored workshops on quantitative reasoning, food science and policy, and has been actively involved in the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement's GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) initiative.

The SCI-Midwest was one of the original six Centers initiated in 2008, and was hosted by Harold Washington College (City Colleges of Chicago) from 2008 until the end of 2011, and in that capacity also hosted the 2009 SENCER Summer Institute. Beloit College assumed the host institution role in 2012. The SCI-Midwest includes llinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

We are excited to partner with groups of faculty to host regional workshops related to SENCER issues. Please contact the co-directors with your ideas.

About the Host Institution: Beloit College

Beloit College is a small institution, committed to the "liberal arts in practice." A SENCER orientation characterizes courses across the curriculum, as students engage in hands on learning and interaction with the local community (by ray williams tforge support). From philosophy students sharing perspectives with 2nd graders to biology students studying how flu spreads on campus, Beloiters take advantage of learning opportunities in and beyond the classroom.

Beloit College has implemented a new curriculum with increased academic advising, and is now defining a new Quantitative Reasoning competency, to ensure knowledge and skills necessary for responsible citizenship.

Past Symposia

Teaching College Science Through Food, Public Heallth, and Sustainability Issues

Roosevelt University, March 8, 2014

Sustainability, Quantitative Reasoning, and the Liberal Arts: Enhancing Student Success Through Civic Engagement

Beloit College (WI), November 10, 2012

SENCER Summer Institute

Butler University (IN), July 2011

Regional Midwest Meeting

Indiana State University (IN), September 2010

Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Through Civic Engagement

Metropolitan State University (MN), November 2009

SENCER Summer Institute

Harold Washington College (IL), August 2009

Meeting the Challenges of Great Lakes Stewardship: SENCER Approaches

Case Western Reserve University (OH), March 2009

Indiana Schools Meeting

Butler University (IN), December 2008

Midwest Regional Meeting

University of Wisconsin Parkside (WI), February 2007


Photograph of SSI 2009 participants during an architectural history tour, by Hy Speck


More Information


What's New

"Food and Curriculum" regional meeting at Northeastern Illinois University on March, 13 2015. More information coming soon.


Midwest Co-Directors

Dr. Robert Seiser

Roosevelt University

Dr. David Rutschman

Northeastern Illinois University


Co-Director Emeritus

Dr. Dennis Lehman

Dr. Marion Field Fass

Beloit College


Leadership Council


Dr. Mariah Birgen

Wartburg College

Dr. Cynthia Kaus

Metropolitan State University


Dr. Farah Movahedzadeh

Harold Washington College


Mr. Glenn Odenbrett

National Center for Science and Civic Engagement