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UCSF Science Project - Science and Health Education Partnership
Rebecca L. Smith
Phone:  415-514-0588
Katherine Nielsen
Phone:  415-502-5137


Science and Health Education Partnership, University of California, San Francisco
100 Medical Center Way, 2nd Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94143-0905
Phone:   415-514-0588

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UC San Francisco

About The Site:

The Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) offers a diverse programmatic menu: a variety of classroom-based partnership models bring UCSF volunteers into K-12 classrooms, summer courses and seminars provide pedagogically rich content learning experiences for teachers, school-site science teams build capacity for science teaching at elementary, and a high school internship program pairs students from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences with mentors and immerses them in a university environment where they conduct scientific research.

Additionally, teachers and UCSF volunteers receive lesson coaching and borrow materials from SEP's lending library - these materials provide enriched science and health learning experiences for nearly 30% of San Francisco Unified School District's (SFUSD) 55,000 students. Finally, SEP's online lesson resource, SEPLessons ( provides access to quality investigative science and health lessons designed by our partnership teams. SEPLessons attracts over 17,000 unique visitors a month from across the United States and world.

On a yearly basis, SEP works with 85-90% of the more than 100 public schools in San Francisco and over 300 teachers and their students. These programs involve over 250 UCSF volunteers in K-12 classrooms.

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