The mission of the Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships (CSEP) is to strengthen UCSB’s capacity to play a leading role in the education and professional development of current and future scientists and engineers. Activities include efforts to increase participation and diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, both to improve general scientific literacy and to meet national workforce needs.
Central Hub for Education Programs
CSEP was created to provide a central hub on the UCSB campus to develop and administer educational programs in science and engineering. CSEP's resources and expertise build on a past record of successful STEM education programs operated through the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI).
Guidance and Infrastructure for Education
CSEP provides guidance and infrastructure for collaborators who wish to develop novel projects, augment existing models and programs, or develop education components for funding proposals. One of the most important resources that CSEP provides for new development is a large and varied network of education partners on campus, with industry collaborators, and in the greater community.
CSEP was created in 2010 to serve as a campus-wide nexus for the development and implementation of innovative projects that address state and national needs of broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), for K-12 through graduate student and postdoctoral scholar levels.