Public Service

Faculty in the Physical and Biological Sciences Division have a long history of participation in special outreach efforts aimed at making science education accessible to K-12 students. We want to attract and inspire a new generation of prospective scientists, engineers, and mathematicians, sharing with them the exciting career choices available in the sciences and the rich mysteries of the universe waiting to be explored.

ACCESSACCESS (Baccalaureate Bridge to the Biomedical Sciences) is an academic bridge program for community college students interested in pursuing a career in research science. Students may be eligible for enrichment activities and a summer research institute aimed at building skills that increase transfer and retention rates.

Monterey Bay Area Mathematics Project (MBAMP) is one of 17 sites of the California Mathematics Project, providing professional development opportunities for teachers of math in grades K-14.

California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a four-week residential program in math and science for talented high school students looking toward a future in math or science.

Seymour Marine Discovery Center. The Center offers tours and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a world-class marine research laboratory. Open to the public year round, every day except Monday.

Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group has over 25 years of experience with raptor conservation, research and education. Their education program incorporates a live peregrine falcon to schools and web-based modules to highlight the importance of wildlife conservation. 

Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP) hosts seminars and colloquia, encouraging campus and community attendance. They also have workshops on atmospheric research using balloons and an electrifying Tesla Coil presentation designed to get teachers and school children “charged up” about physics.

Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics (IGPP) sponsors weekly colloquia featuring leading researchers. Three annual public lectures bring pressing environmental issues to the community.

UCO/Lick Observatory offers public programs at Mt. Hamilton. Open to the public through most of the year, Lick Observatory also offers summer concerts and the chance to look through the telescopes, both in person and on the web.