SENCER Center for Innovation




About SCI-West

The SCI-West has broad expertise among its members, but has a particular interest in sustainability with a focus on water resources, indigenous science, and undergraduate research. SCI-West initiatives are open to participants around the United States but are primarily designed to address the needs and interests of individuals in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.


SCI-West leadership members coordinate at least two symposia each year to complement national SENCER programs, including the following recent events:


Sustaining STEM Education Innovation with Civic Engagement

SCI-West Fall Symposium, 11/16/13

Integrating Indigenous Science and Culturally Relevant Practices into the Science Curriculum

SACNAS National Meeting, 10/29/11

SENCER Symposium: Science Education and Civic Engagement

AAAS Pacific Division Meeting, 6/11

Resources, Energy, and Island Sustainability

SCI-West Fall Symposium, 10/7-9/10

Recent Meetings

High-Impact STEM Education Conference

Thursday, June 9th 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Friday, June 10th 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM


University of Denver



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SENCER Hawi'i Spring 2016 SCI-West Hawai'i Regional Meeting

Theme: Sustainability and High Impact STEM Education

Saturday, March 12th, 9:00AM-6:30PM
Campus Center Ballroom, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Sunday, March 13th, 8:00AM-12:30PM
Hawai'i Institute of Marine Biology
Moku o Lo'e/Coconut Island

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Representation in Washington, DC


On September 29, at the U.S. Capitol, NSF SENCER Program Director, David Burns, introduced the Hawaii SENCER Team. Then Hawaii Congressman Mark Takai addressed the audience and spoke with pride about Hawaii's effort to develop citizen scientists. Mika Morse and Jonathan Elkin, representing Senator Brian Schatz and Mazie Hirono, were also in attendance.

Franco, Aikau, and Konan (pictured above) then presented on why and how Hawaii became the first SENCER Model State.

Establishing Model States is a SENCER strategy for sustaining the citizen science effort beyond the life of NSF funding.

Learn more about Hawaii as the first SENCER state.


About the Host Institution:

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University is a leading Jesuit, Catholic institution that has grown in size and stature during the last decade and is increasingly recognized as one of the most dynamic and successful private, nonprofit educational institutions in the West. Founded in 1851, Santa Clara University is California's oldest institution of higher learning.

The University has over 8,000 students and is organized into six academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences, the Jesuit School of Theology, the Leavey School of Business, the School of Education and Counseling Psychology, the School of Engineering, and the School of Law. Student learning takes place in an educational environment that integrates rigorous inquiry and scholarship, creative imagination, reflective engagement with society, a deep understanding of ethics, and a commitment to fashioning a more humane, just, and sustainable world. The vision of the University is to educate leaders and citizens of competence, conscience, and compassion.

Past Symposia

SCI-West 2015 Hawaii Meeting

February 28, 2015

University of Hawai'i at Mānoa

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Sustaining STEM Education Innovation with Civic Engagement

Saint Mary's College of California, November 2013

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SENCER Summer Institute

Santa Clara University, August 2013
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2012 SENCER Summer Institute

Santa Clara University, August 2012

SCEWestNet Organizational Meeting

Santa Clara University, March 2012

Energy, Resources, and Island Sustainability

Kapi'olani Community College (HI), October 2010

Symposium on Teaching Science and Engineering Through Civic Engagement

Santa Clara University (CA), October 2008

SENCER Summer Institute

Santa Clara University (CA), August 2008

Western Regional Conference

Chapman University (CA), April 2007

SENCER Summer Institutes

Santa Clara University (CA), 2001-2006

Photograph by K.Shade


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Dr. Amy Shachter

Santa Clara University

Dr. Steven Bachofer

St. Mary's College of California

Leadership Council

Dr. Gary Booth

Brigham Young University

Dr. Stephen Carroll

Santa Clara University

Dr. Virginia Carson

Chapman University

Dr. Lawrence Duffy

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Robert Franco

Kapi'olani Community College

Dr. Garon Smith

University of Montana

Dr. Julia Smith

Holy Names University