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The CILS Science Fellows program builds the capacity of young scientists to engage the public in science learning. Small cross-disciplinary cohorts of UCSC doctoral students in the natural sciences attend seminars on the learning sciences for one semester in each of three years.

Science Fellows integrate what they have learned about science learning into their educational outreach efforts in local communities. They also participate in the wider CILS community of educators and education researchers at the Bay Area Institute. These pages tell some of their stories and document some of their work.

"I knew I wanted to continue to be a scientist, but also I wanted to get the tools and resources to be a better teacher. It’s great to have people to talk to and get feedback and find out about effective teaching."

"All of us feel we have an obligation as scientists to bridge scientists and the public, and scientists and schools.  Researchers don’t connect to schools.  We (CILS Science Fellows) plan on building the bridge in the future.  CILS has given me resources to put that bridge together."