Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) West

cosee teachers on sailboat
Photo Credit Gwen Noda

COSEE-West is part of the national COSEE network, which is a catalytic, multi-faceted collaboration to integrate ongoing research in the ocean sciences with K-12 education and informal education outreach. It is funded by the National Science Foundation.

COSEE-West was designed to enhance ocean sciences awareness in the ethnically diverse greater Los Angeles region, and is a model for other major urban regions. We accomplish this by facilitating communications and connections between and among scientists, graduate students, educators and the public. Collaborating scientifically and synergistically with leading informal science education centers LAUSD (with 85% minority and students under-represented in science) and many smaller districts, we expose a large number of learners to ocean research and increased ocean literacy in Southern California.

Research-oriented marine science faculty at UCLA & USC and the College of Exploration collaborate with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the Aquarium of the Pacific, the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, the California Science Center, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and many others to create a network of oceanographic researchers, K-12 educators, informal education centers and the general public concerned with enhancing ocean literacy on the west coast and beyond. The program is broadly disseminated throughout the greater Los Angeles area, including the Los Angeles Unified School District and other Los Angeles County schools, with exceptional impact on under-achieving and under-represented minorities.

USC Sea Grant has created a large and ever-growing community of collaborators, a web of connections among scientists, educators, students and the public, that serve as the basis for the success of our programs. Collaborators include our advisory board members, scientists, graduate students, formal and informal educators. A special effort is made to meet identified needs of informal science education centers and how to incorporate current science research.

To learn more about COSEE-West programs, including online workshops, public workshops, educator workshops, summer institutes, informal science center interpretive institutes, and resources, please visit: http://www.usc.edu/org/cosee-west/mission.html

For More Information
Linda Duguay
Principal Investigator
email: duguay@usc.edu
Lynn Whitley
Co-Director COSEE-West
email: lwhitley@usc.edu
Linda Chilton
Education Program Coordinator
email: lchilton@usc.edu