SENCER Center for Innovation




About SCI-Southwest

SCI-Southwest is committed to improving science education at all levels. To this end, we have developed a number of SENCER courses: Sustainable Physical Science, Earth Science in the Context of Natural Disasters, Introduction to Environmental Chemistry, Climate Change, and Water in a Changing World.

We have also developed a transdisciplinary certificate program titled: Science, Society and Sustainability and have created two additional SENCER courses to support the certificate: Conversations in Community Sustainability and Building Sustainable Communities.

Finally, we are incorporating SENCER Ideals into our chemistry/biochemistry undergraduate and graduate program through the development of the dual poster project. Here, students present their research with both a technical poster and a public poster. The public poster is designed to explain the research to lay people and discuss the broader impacts of the project.

In addition to the above initiatives, we have sponsored symposia at national meetings (American Chemical Society and the Biennial Conference on Chemical Education) to inform other educators about SENCER. We have one book published from the proceedings of one of these symposia and another forthcoming. We have also formed a partnership with the Mississippi River Field Institute of the National Audubon Society to monitor the environment associated with the Mississippi River watershed.

SCI-Southwest initiatives are open to participants around the United States but are primarily designed to address the needs and interests of individuals in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.


About the Host Institution:

Texas Woman's University

Texas Woman's University is the host institution for the SCI-Southwest. Established in 1901, Texas Woman's University (TWU) is unique as the nation’s largest university primarily for women with enrollment for this academic year exceeding 14,000: over 90% of these students are women and some 44% are from underrepresented groups. As such, Texas Woman’s University has a strong commitment to educating female and other ethnically diverse students, both in the state of Texas and nationally. The primary mission of TWU is to empower students by inspiring intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning, embracing scholarship and research, developing leadership and personal responsibility, and promoting diversity and respect for all individuals.

Past Symposia

SCI-Southwest Spring 2016 Meeting

January 29, 2016

Texas Woman's University

More information here.

SCI-Southwest Spring 2015 Meeting

January 23, 2015

Texas Woman's University

Click here to read a recap of the event.







Photograph, top right: TWU student presents dual posters at the 2011 Washington Symposium and Capitol Hill Poster Session

Photograph, bottom left: TWU campus



More Information


What's New




Ms. Cynthia Maguire

Chemistry & Biochemistry Senior Lecturer, Texas Woman's University

Dr. Richard D. Sheardy

Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Woman's University

Leadership Council

Dr. Brian Bilyeu

Xavier University

Dr. Reid Bishop

Bellhaven University

Mr. Ron Chandler

Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant

Dr. Kristen Kulinowski

Rice University

Dr. Catherine Middlecamp

University of Wisconsin Madison