Centers, Programs & Outreach

 

Center for Environmental Inquiry

Student holds cleared brush

Schulz 3048
(707) 664-3416
Director:  Dr. Claudia Luke

Sonoma State University’s Center for Environmental Inquiry is a public-private endeavor that provides research and training to advance careers, technology and innovation at SSU’s three preserves totaling 4,200 acres (Galbreath Wildlands Preserve in Mendocino County, Fairfield Osborn Preserve in Penngrove and Los Guillicos Preserve in the Valley of the Moon).

CEI is part of SSU’s effort to make environmental understanding integral to a university education, regardless of major. It provides lands, facilities, databases and programs that inspire participation, collaboration and innovation in education and research. Preserve lands and facilities are available for use by all persons engaged in investigation and learning in the arts and sciences.

Education and Public Outreach

High school teacher works with pliers

Schulz 3054A
(707) 664-3261
Director:  Dr. Lynn Cominsky
Associate Director: Dr. Laura Peticolas

The Education and Public Outreach Group at Sonoma State is involved in many projects that promote the teaching and dissemination of science to schools and the general public. We support several NASA Space Science missions focused on the astrophysics of the high energy universe. In addition, we are currently developing an online college curriculum in Cosmology as well as a science/engineering curriculum for secondary students.

Our mission is to develop exciting formal and informal educational materials that inspire students in grades 5-14 to pursue STEM careers, to train teachers nation-wide in the classroom use of these materials, and to enhance science literacy for the general public, with a special focus on increasing the numbers of under-represented students in STEM.

Summer HS Internship Program

SHIP interns stand together in the Darwin Lobby

Darwin Hall 115
(707) 664-2171

The Summer High School STEM Internship Program is a partnership between the School of Science and Technology at Sonoma State University and the Sonoma County Office of Education with generous support from a private donor.

Since 2008, SHIP has matched top Sonoma County high school juniors with faculty mentors at SSU to collaborate on research projects in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition to $1,000 stipends, students are given opportunities to work on challenging research projects in state-of-the-art facilities and interact with faculty and SSU students in a university environment. These students then act as ambassadors to relay the highlights of their work to their classmates, friends, counselors, teachers and principals during their senior years.