Advancing Inclusive STEM Education for All
At WISCIENCE, the Wisconsin Institute for Science Education and Community Engagement, we build and support communities of STEM learners, leaders, and practitioners. We deliver courses and programs in STEM disciplines that develop knowledge and skills for success in STEM; build STEM identities and confidence; provide professional development and engagement opportunities in teaching, public service, leadership, and research in STEM.
We foster inclusivity in STEM through initiatives and programs that support diverse populations at all stages of training and levels of exposure to STEM. We lead and collaborate on local and national efforts to improve STEM education by developing and disseminating evidence-based programs, curricula, resources, and other scholarly products.
What We Offer
Resources and Services
We provide services and resources across and beyond campus to STEM learners, educators, and mentors.
First-Year & Transfer Students
These WISCIENCE courses and programs are designed to benefit diverse populations of first-year or novice STEM undergraduate students.
Public Service Learning
These WISCIENCE programs provide learning experiences that build science literacy for undergraduate and graduate students. Our programs develop participants’ skills, knowledge, and confidence as a STEM learner and future professional.
WISCIENCE STEM Student Peer Leadership programs and courses help students develop leadership knowledge and skills through the personal and professional development of themselves and others.
These WISCIENCE professional development programs and courses are for graduate students and postdocs designed to improve teaching and mentoring in science.
Research Mentor Training
WISCIENCE fulfills requests by the UW-Madison community to give presentations and provide consultations to support research mentor and mentee training in STEM for departments and programs across campus.
WISCIENCE involves multiple partners, programs, and staff to increase the impact and access of STEM programming.
- Our programs and courses provide opportunities for STEM students to engage in mentorship, teaching, service, and leadership.
- Our STEM courses and programs promote diversity in STEM, educational innovation, engaged scholarship, outreach and collaboration.
- Our courses fulfill degree requirements, count towards the campus leadership certificate, and offer valuable preparation towards STEM careers.
- Students in our courses benefit from being part of a learning community, small class sizes, interactions with peer leaders, and getting connected to resources and opportunities.
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News & Updates
A letter to the editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, drafted by WISCIENCE Director Janet Branchaw and colleagues.
An update on which of our courses will be offered in spirng 2022.
WISCIENCE Public Service Fellow Adrian George partnered with the Policy & Engagement Coordinator at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to develop a strategy for the identification of risk and disproportionate impacts of pollution and climate change for communities in Wisconsin. They researched other states’ approaches to environmental justice screening and analyzed Wisconsin’s existing data to write a proposal recommending a methodology to be used to best approach these environmental impacts on a large-scale initiative in Wisconsin.
Research Peer Leader Drop-in Hours, Find a Mentor Workshops, and More
Tips on how to find funding for your undergraduate research.
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