Special Opportunity for Faculty Sponsors at the Undergraduate Research Conference!

You are invited to attend a special workshop during the Undergraduate Research Conference at Butler University on April 12, designed specifically for faculty interested in incorporating civic engagement into STEM and STEM-related courses.  The workshop will feature presentations on courses using the SENCER approach, and conversation about wider involvement with the Center from colleagues across the region.

Butler University is one of six Centers for Innovation of SENCER, a national organization that improves science education by focusing on real world problems and, by so doing, extends the impact of this learning across the curriculum to the broader community and society. Using materials, assessment instruments, and research developed in the SENCER project, faculty design curricular projects that connect science learning to real world challenges.

In order to allow for faculty sponsors to attend their students' presentations, the same SENCER workshop will be presented twice: 10:30 a.m. to noon, and then from 1 to 2:30 p.m. To help us best prepare, please indicate your interest in attending by sending an email to There are no additional costs for this SENCER workshop (your URC registration covers it all).

We look forward to seeing you at the URC and the SENCER workshop!

The Butler SENCER Leadership Team,

Margaret Brabant, Ph.D.
Professor, Political Science

Donald Braid, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Citizenship and Community

Joseph Kirsch, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemistry

About Butler University's Center for Innovation

The SENCER Centers for Innovation are regionally distributed organizations that offer programming and support for current members of the SENCER community and people new to SENCER. Butler University's Center for Innovation, identified as the Central plains region, launched in January 2012.

As a SENCER Center for Innovation, Butler University brings the ideals of SENCER to faculty, staff and students at Butler and to interested institutions in the central plains region. The SCI assists Butler in achieving its educational mission with regard to civic education and engagement, general education (our Core curriculum), and STEM and STEM-related majors courses. The SCI also provides Butler and regional institutions with leadership for the following activities: developing or enhancing civic education and civic engagement at the local level, in the Midwest, and nationally; faculty development, course development, curricular development and faculty/undergraduate research support; unique, out of classroom learning opportunities; and strategies to connect k-16 science education with civic education.

SENCER's Background and Intellectual Traditions

SENCER--Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities--was initiated in 2001 under the National Science Foundation's CCLI national dissemination track. Since then, SENCER has established and supported an ever-growing community of faculty, students, academic leaders, and others to improve undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by connecting learning to critical civic questions. SENCER is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, which was established in affiliation with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. (