BI Opportunities

Our emphasis is on connecting Scripps scientists with existing programs that provide both rich experiences for target audiences, as well as meaningful professional development and growth for participating Scripps community members. With a focus on increasing equity and diversity in STEM fields, we have engaged in strategic partnerships that advance our institutional mission, enrich our academic culture, and support science literacy.

Below is a list of collaborators that have exemplary programs that can serve as outlets for your broader impacts. These partners have created “ready-to-go” broader impact descriptions that can be easily modified to fit your research project, draft budgets for costs associated with the outreach, information for the “facilities, equipment and other resources” section, and letters of collaboration. Scripps Educational Alliances supports creation of tailor made outreach options as well.

For more information on specific broader impact opportunities, please complete the form here and we will be happy to help you.


Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Birch Aquarium engages and inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to ask questions and explore with Scripps Oceanography scientists at the frontiers of discovery. Through a wide variety of interactive exhibits and programs, Birch Aquarium provides the public with access to the leading edge of scientific research to understand and protect our planet.

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF)

Scripps Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) is an NSF funded 10-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program designed to engage students in research at Scripps and to increase the diversity of students successfully prepared to pursue Earth and ocean sciences career pathways. SURF has a proven track record with recruiting underrepresented minorities and students from institutions with limited undergraduate research opportunities. SURF routinely attracts many more qualified applicants than the site grant can fund and provides an excellent avenue for broader impact.

Scripps Community Outreach Program for Education (SCOPE)

Scripps Community Outreach Program for Education (SCOPE) is a volunteer organization based at Scripps Institution of Oceanography composed of graduate students and researchers. We specialize in connecting groups in the general public directly with the incredible science conducted here at Scripps! SCOPE organizes tours of various facilities on campus (most popularly the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier) and also arranges volunteers to attend off-campus events (like school career nights or library talks). SCOPE offers scholarships to help enable field trips for students from low-income schools.

Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment & Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at UC San Diego

CREATE is a research and partnership development center addressing one of the major challenges facing California and San Diego: getting our diverse community of young people prepared for, admitted to, and succeeding in college and careers. CREATE houses an innovative team of researchers, youth mentors, and professional development experts working with the region's teachers.

UC San Diego Extension Sally Ride Science

Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego is a nonprofit organization run by the University of California, San Diego with programs coordinated jointly by UC San Diego Extension, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Sally Ride Science focuses on K12 STEM + Arts (STEaM) education; professional development for teachers; and online programs through UCTV. The goal is to help educators build students’ STEM literacy and make connections between what students are learning and the STEM fields that are expected to experience rapid job growth in the coming decades. The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, launched in 2016, offers hands-on workshops that allow middle school and high school students to delve into a variety of STEAM subjects.

San Diego County Office of Education Science Department

The San Diego County Office of Education Science Department offers a variety of events and professional learning opportunities to help educators learn about and deepen their understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), plan science instruction, develop assessments, and evaluate materials for alignment to the new standards. These services are designed to support and build capacity of districts and schools implementing the NGSS.​

Ocean Discovery Institute (ODI)

The Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people from underserved urban communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as science and conservation leaders. Working in the San Diego community of City Heights, ODI provides continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges so that young people unlock their potential. Our programs are provided at no cost to our students. Our students believe that a scientist is someone they can be. They think critically and they achieve because of it. They enter the fields of biotech, engineering, environmental consulting, fisheries, marine biology, education, and public policy, and are committed to making a difference.​