A growing consortium of San Francisco Bay Area community colleges, Cal State campuses, and University of California Observatories, broadening access to Lick Observatory
Authentic, inclusive STEM learning experiences
University of California astronomy graduate students and postdoctoral researchers design and teach novel college-level activities at consortium member colleges through their participation in ISEE’s Professional Development Program. These activities provide authentic astronomy learning experiences for college students involving Lick Observatory, while providing valuable professional experience for grads and postdocs and creating community between students and researchers at multiple stages in their education and career pathways.
Small telescope observing
In addition to working with Lick Observatory’s telescopes, consortium community members have opportunities to work with Unistellar’s “smart” eVscopes on their home campuses and connect with other colleges through the Unistellar College Astronomy Network (UCAN).
The ASTRAL Consortium is part of a major expansion of Lick Observatory’s education programs, funded by a generous grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.