Sharnnia Artis, Ph.D., Director of Education and Outreach 

Center for Energy Efficient Electronic Sciences (E3S), 510-664-4467

The Center for Energy Efficient Electronic Sciences (E3S) is a NSF-funded Science and Technology Center (STC) headquartered at Berkeley. With partnerships at MIT, Stanford, and Tuskegee, E3S is a multi-institution research effort to find fundamental and conceptual breakthroughs in the underlying physics, chemistry, and materials science of electronic systems. Researchers are investigating how to reduce electronic systems’ energy consumption.
Educational programs include:

  • For Undergraduates at 4-year Institutions – Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), E3S Internships (ETERN)
  • For Community College Students – Transfer-to-Excellence Research Experience for Undergraduates (TTE REU), TTE Cross Course Enrollment Program (TTE X-Enroll)
  • For Pre-college Students – Summer High School Apprenticeship Program (SHARP)

Teresa Barnett, Executive Director
Community Resources for Science, 510-527-5212

Community Resources for Science (CRS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and engaging educators, students, and scientists in a vibrant community working together to excite all children about learning through the scientific exploration. CRS is funded by foundation and corporate grants, including UC Chancellor’s Community Partnership Fund and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and private donations. Through the Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) program, CRS recruits, prepares, and places Cal scientists and science students into local classrooms to deliver hands-on science lessons aligned with state standards, and to serve as enthusiastic and diverse role models.  CRS also facilitates classroom placements for various Cal education outreach groups, provides information and support services to teachers in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and other local schools, and partners with Cal campus programs for pre-service teachers including CalTeach and Environmental Leadership Pathways.

Meltem Erol, Director of Education and Outreach
Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS), 510-643-7380

The Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems (COINS) is a multidisciplinary nanoscale science and engineering center funded by the National Science Foundation. COINS is a multi campus center headquartered at UC Berkeley with partners at Stanford, Caltech and UC Merced. Our mission is to inspire and realize applications directed towards sensing of environmental conditions using nanotechnology. Our education initiatives include research experience for undergraduates, research experience for teachers, nano experience for students and a strong commitment to recruit graduate diversity students into all of our graduate programs.

Heidi Faison, Outreach Director
Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER),, 510-642-3462

The Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) is a multi-institutional research and education center with headquarters at the University of California, Berkeley. Investigators from over 20 universities, several consulting companies, plus researchers at various State and Federal government agencies contribute to research programs focused on performance-based earthquake engineering in disciplines including structural and geotechnical engineering, geology/seismology, lifelines, transportation, risk management, and public policy.

The mission of PEER’s outreach and education programs is to to effectively disseminate PEER research findings to PEER’s constituent groups and to further promote the field of earthquake engineering (and related research) to future engineers.  Educational programs include a Research Experience for Undergraduates Program, an earthquake engineering education program for bay area elementary schools, various activities for graduate student interaction and exchange, and a variety of mechanisms for informing practicing engineers about research results.

Pierre Karam, UC Berkeley Postdoctoral Association Outreach Chair
UC Berkeley Postdoctoral Association, 510-326-4070

The UC Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) enhances professional development of postdoctoral researchers at UC Berkeley, foster a sense of community and identity among the postdoctoral scholars, and facilitate the integration of postdoctoral scholars into the research establishment. All postdoctoral scholars at UC Berkeley are de facto members of the BPA. The efforts of the Association are based entirely on the interests and commitment of individual postdocs volunteering time and enthusiasm in the organization of our events. Funding for BPA sponsored events comes from the Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) program of UC Berkeley and from other funds raised by the BPA.

Judy Scotchmoor, Director of Education and Public Programs
University of California Museum of Paleontology, 510-642-4877

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) is a research unit on the UC Berkeley campus.  Its mission is to investigate and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth’s biota through research and education.  UCMP has a long history of outreach and provides numerous teacher professional development opportunities focusing on evolution and the nature and process of science.  UCMP hosts several award-winning websites, including Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science.

Avi Rosenzweig, Student Services Advisor
Nanoscale Science and Engineering Graduate Group, 510-643-6681

The NSE Graduate Group includes faculty and graduate students from across the engineering, chemistry, and physical sciences departments whose research focuses on the developing field of nanotechnology and its applications. The group offers a designated emphasis, like a graduate-level minor, for Ph.D. students engaged in this fundamental pursuit, academic and lab courses, workshops, and networking opportunities. NSE is hosted within the Berkeley Nanosciences and Nanoengineering Institute (BNNI). We run a summer internship program for high school students called SHARP, which both exposes young students to the lab bench and trains grads in supervisory and project management skills.

Kate Spohr, Education Outreach Manager
Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, 510-666-3323

The Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) is a multi-institution research effort to lay the foundation for the emerging field of synthetic biology. SynBERC’s vision is to catalyze biology as an engineering discipline by developing the foundational understanding and technologies to allow researchers to design and build standardized, integrated biological systems to accomplish many particular tasks. In essence, we are making biology easier to engineer. SynBERC is funded by the NSF and headquartered at Berkeley, with partnerships at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, and UCSF. Educational programs include Research Experience for Undergraduates, Berkeley Engineering Research Experience for Teachers, iCLEM High School Internship program, Lab Fundamentals Bootcamps, and the International Genetically Modified Machines Competition (iGEM).

Dan Zevin, Public Education Specialist/Project Manager
Center for Science Education, Space Sciences Laboratory, 510-642-8326

The Center for Science Education at the Space Sciences Laboratory is a team of dedicated scientists, educators, students, artists, writers, computer programmers, and others providing innovative programs that serve educators, students, and the general public. Our goals include:

  • Increasing the scientific literacy of the general public
  • Improving teaching and learning of science, mathematics, and technology
  • Facilitating and increasing scientists’ involvement in education and public outreach
  • Increasing the participation of underserved groups in space science
  • Adapting space science research discoveries for broad audiences
  • Providing easy and equitable access to space science resources