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We have peered into a new world and have seen that it is more mysterious and more complex than we had imagined. Still more mysteries of the universe remain hidden. Their discovery awaits the adventurous scientists of the future. I like it this way.
Vera Rubin, 23 Jul 1928 – 25 Dec 2016

Our education and public outreach (EPO) mission is to inspire deep connections with the universe.

UCO’s goal is engage our local communities in learning about scientific practices, astronomical discoveries, and enabling technologies.
We empower our community members to be scientifically literate, to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), and to understand science as a human endeavor. Ultimately, we aim to improve the scientific advancement of students at all levels, of educators, and of the general public in our communities.
UCO is committed to improving science education and science literacy in the United States, especially in California. To achieve this mission, Lick Observatory offers EPO initiatives for a variety of audiences with important partners throughout California, Hawaii, and beyond. Our programs are uniquely enriched by Lick Observatory’s cutting-edge scientific research, instruments, and astronomers.
Whether you are a teacher or other science educator looking to improve your practice, or a UC researcher or student looking for EPO opportunities, we hope to connect with you through our many programs and outreach efforts.
Email us at: epo@ucolick.org

UCO/Lick Graduate Student Workshop on Observational Astronomy

Each fall since 2013 Lick Observatory provides a several day workshop on Optical observational astronomy for graduate students across the UC system. This workshop is made possible thanks to a donation from UC Irvine astronomy professor, Virginia Trimble. Please see the Grad Workshop web pages.

UCO Educational Programs

Our education and public outreach (EPO) mission is to inspire deep connections with the universe. Whether you are a teacher or other science educator looking to improve your practice, or a UC researcher or student looking for EPO opportunities, we hope to connect with you through our many programs and outreach efforts.

“Akamai Workforce Initiative (AWI)”

The Akamai Workforce Initiative (AWI) is run by a consortium that includes ISEE and is led by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy, the Thirty Meter TelescopeNational Solar Observatory, and many Hawaii observatories, companies, academic institutions, and community organizations.

The primary goal of AWI is to build a local technical workforce that reflects the diverse demographics of the state of Hawaii. The initiative includes internships for college students, technical training, career coaching, and training for scientists and engineers to become more effective educators and mentors. AWI also played a key role in developing a new 4-year engineering technology degree program at University of Hawaii Maui College, establishing a long-term pathway for local students to pursue technical careers. The internship model used by AWI was originally developed by the Center for Adaptive Optics, and includes a range of innovative support mechanisms to advance participants into STEM careers. Participating students have been tracked for many years, and 83% have remained on a STEM pathway.

Additional information, including how to get involved, can be found at the Akamai Workforce Initiative (AWI) website.