2014 SENCER Summer Institute



The 2014 SENCER Summer Institute was hosted by the University of North Carolina Asheville from July 31 - August 4, 2014.

The program for the Institute included all-Institute plenary sessions, workshops on effective pedagogies, examples of successful campus and community applications, and opportunities to meet formal and informal educators, administrators, students, and others from across the country interested in contributing to a civically engaged society and the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

In response to suggestions made on the SSI 2013 evaluations, we also introduced an orientation program to the Summer Institute, held just prior to the opening plenary address and gala welcome dinner on July 31. The program included discussions on the history of SENCER, the theory behind our work and initiatives, and how to make the best of all that the Institute offers.

The Institute program also featured many opportunities for participants to present information on their own work to improve STEM education, including concurrent sessions and two poster sessions, one focusing on community programs, and another focusing on campus programs. SENCER provided teams the opportunity for personal consultations with leaders to work intensely on the implementation of team-planned project(s).

Teams will also be eligible to apply for post-Institute implementation awards in the fall to support on-campus implementation of ideas worked on during the Institute.

Please see the resources at right for pictures, PDF files from invited posters and sessions, and information on Post-Institute Implementation awards.



Institute Resources


About the Institute


July 31 - August 4, 2014


The University of North Carolina Asheville



Special Programs

and Resources

SSI 2014 Plenary Speaker Biographies

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Click here to access abstracts and PDF files from SSI 2014 presentations.

Participant Goals

Click here to access SSI 2014 participant goals.


Click here to access descriptions of all SSI 2014 poster presentations.

SSI 2014 Pictures

Click here to view pictures of SSI 2014 participants and speakers!

Post-Institute Implementation Awards

NSF-sponsored sub-awards are available after Institute participation to support implementations of projects by individuals, groups, or teams. Click here to learn how to apply. Applications are due September 19, 2014.