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.
Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University



Recent News

SCI-West has recently added Ulla Hasager as a new Co-Director. You can read the full announcement here. In addition to the announcement, fellow Co-Director Amy Schacter said that “Ulla has been integral for SENCER’s expanding work in SCI-West and building the Hawai’i SENCER state model. She brings a special touch of aloha to all that she does! Her leadership, organization, and creativity makes learning an engaging experience for her students throughout a range of interdisciplinary curricula. We are lucky and excited to have her aboard!”

Regional Meetings

Assessment and Transformative Collaboration in Sustainability Education
Host: University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu
Date: March 18, 2017

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
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

Hawai’i: First SENCER State

From left, the late Congressman Mark Takai, UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Eby Konan, UH Mānoa Director of Education Hokulani Aikau and Kapiʻolani CC Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness Robert Franco.

From left, the late Congressman Mark Takai, UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences Dean Denise Eby Konan, UH Mānoa Director of Education Hokulani Aikau and Kapiʻolani CC Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness Robert Franco.

On September 29, at the U.S. Capitol, NSF SENCER Program Director, David Burns, introduced the Hawai’i SENCER Team. Then Hawai’i 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.

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
Sustaining STEM Education Innovation with Civic Engagement
Saint Mary's College of California, November 2013
SENCER Summer Institute
Santa Clara University, August 2013
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

West Co-Directors

Amy Shachter, Co-Principal Investigator

Dr. Amy Shachter
Santa Clara University

Dr. Steven Bachofer, SCI-West Co-Director

Dr. Steven Bachofer
St. Mary’s College of California

Dr. Ulla Hasager, SCI-West Co-Director

Dr. Ulla Hasager
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

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