The SESYNC Graduate Scholars Program harnessed the creative abilities of graduate students from both the social and natural sciences to identify socio-environmental topics that are ripe for synthesis. The SESYNC Graduate Scholars represent a diversity of academic disciplines and geographic regions. The program included a Theme Identification component amongst the Graduate Scholars, as well as an online social networking component between each Graduate Scholar and his/her own network of other graduate students.
We will address two urgent problems: (1) designing and delivering undergraduate STEM courses that better engage students and increase their learning; and (2) preparing citizens to address global challenges (e.g., energy, environment, health, food) that are coupled with strong economic development. Research indicates that both problems can be addressed by connecting STEM education with real-world problems in sustainability.
The Socio-Environmental Synthesis (SES) Teaching Study is a SESYNC Venture addressing a number of critical questions:
The first SESYNC education workshop titled: “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education: Goals, Resources and Tools” was held June 4-5, hosting 39 scholars, practitioners and media professionals from 3 countries at SESYNC in Annapolis. A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed:
The first SESYNC education workshop titled: “Socio-Environmental Synthesis Education: Goals, Resources and Tools” was held June 4–5, 2012, hosting 39 scholars, practitioners, and media professionals from three countries.
A series of plenary presentations, small group discussions and workshop-wide synthesis discussions, discussed:
Research Opportunities for Social Science and Humanities Scholars
The Social Dimensions of Environmental Sustainability
Early or Mid-career Visiting Fellows
Research Team Support
Solutions to difficult problems at the interface of the environment and human society require the synthesis of diverse types of information from natural and social sciences. Today’s undergraduate and graduate students must develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities that allow them to undertake such synthesis efforts and successfully engage in interdisciplinary efforts to solve socio-environmental problems.