Sager Science Leadership Institute


The Sager Science Leadership Institute trains monks and nuns to be leaders of science education, leaders of the monastic science centers, and active participants in the monastics communities rapidly expanding relationship with science. Annual, and sometimes bi-annual 2 to 3-week institutes provide a forum for center leaders to share previous work, identify best practices, and generate vision for future work. Western faculty work closely with the monastic leaders to nurture their teaching and organizational skills, emphasizing pedagogy, group projects, and hands-on learning.

Leadership Cohort

Leadership institutes have been organized around batches of cohorts that attend several institutes and take on projects such as making exhibitions, publishing a journal, and developing new programs at their science centers. Cohorts of approximately 30 to 40 monastics consecutively attend 4 or more leadership institutes (10 weeks or 400 hours of training) over 3 to 4 years.

Previous Leadership Institutes

3rd Cohort

Institute XIV

December 3rd to 20th, 2018
Hosted by the Dzongkar Choede Science Center

Western Faculty

Tom Meyer, National Writing Project
Jessica Early, National Writing Project
Vishnya Maudlin, New York University
Tom Rockwell, Exploratorium
Lara McCormick, Exploratorium
Modesto Tamez, Exploratorium
Eric Muller, Exploratorium

Institute XIII

November 6th to 24th, 2017
Hosted by the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives

Western Faculty

Scott Schmidt, Smithsonian
Tom Meyer, National Writing Project
Tanya Baker, National Writing Project
Tom Rockwell, Exploratorium
George Musser, Author
Manish Jain, IIT-Gandhinagar

Institute XII

November 28th to December 13th, 2016
Hosted by Gaden Jangtse Science Center

Western Faculty

Richard Sterling, National Writing Project
Christine Cziko, UC Berkeley
Stephen Traphagen, Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship

Institute XI

November 24th to December 5th, 2015
Hosted by Sera Jey Science Center

Western Faculty

Zeke Kosover, Exploratorium
Tammy Cook-Endres, Exploratorium
Scott Stambach, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Institute X

October 20th to November 5th, 2014
Hosted by Institute of Buddhist Dialectics, Sarah

Western Faculty

Curt Gabrielson, UNESCO Timor Leste
Tory Brady, Exploratorium
Eric Muller, Exploratorium
Paul Doherty, Exploratorium
Lori Lamberston, Exploratorium
Tenzin Pryiadarshi, MIT

2nd Cohort

Institute IX

September 28th, 2013, to September 30th, 2013
Hosted by Songsten Library, Dehradun

Western Faculty

Linda Shore, Exploratorium
Chris Impey, UA Tucson
Dave Barker, Exploratorium
Modesto Tamez, Exploratorium
Julie Yu, Exploratorium
Tory Brady, Exploratorium
Eric Chudler, Exploratorium
Tracie Spinale, Smithsonian
Scott Schmidt, Smithsonian

Institute VIII

December 24th, 2012, to January 11th, 2013
Hosted by Drepung Loseling, Mundgod

Western Faculty

Chris Impey, UA Tucson
Tory Brady, Exploratorium
Julie Yu, Exploratorium
Jess Parker, Smithsonian
Tracie Spinale, Smithsonian
Stephanie Norby, Smithsonian

Institute VII

January 16th to Feb 3rd, 2012
Hosted by the Dalai Lama College for Higher Education, Bangalore

Western Faculty

Eric Chudler, Neuroscience
Tory Brady, Scientific Inquiry
Lori Lamberston, Scientific Inquiry
Tracie Spinale, Exhibitions

Institute VI

May 2nd to May 13th, 2011
Hosted by the Deer Park Institute in Bir

Western Faculty

Richard Sterling, Writing Leadership
Eric Chudler, Neuroscience
Modesto Tamez, Scientific Inquiry
Paul Doherty, Scientific Inquiry

1st Cohort

Institute V

May 3rd to May 14th, 2010
Hosted by Deer Park Institute at Bir

Western Faculty

Chris Impey, Cosmology
Lori Lambertson, Teacher Mentoring
Donald Gallehr, Writing/Leadership
Scott Schmidt, Science Exhibitions

Institute IV

December 1st to December 12th, 2009
Hosted by Drepung Monastery at Mundgod

Western Faculty

Richard Sterling, Science Leadership
Stephanie Norby, Science Leadership
David Barker, Inquiry, Snacks
David Presti, Neuroscience
Linda Shore, Cosmology

Institute III

May 3rd to May 15th, 2009
Hosted by the Menri Monastery, Solan

Western Faculty

Cris Impey, Cosmology
Richard Sterling, Science Leadership
Stephanie Norby, Science Leadership

Institute II

January 20th to January 30th, 2009
Hosted by the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarnath

Western Faculty

Mike Petrich, Inquiry
Karen Wilkinson, Inquiry
Luigi Anzivino, Inquiry
Mark St. John, Science Leadership

Institute I

June 16th to July 4th, 2008
Hosted by the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics at Sarah

Western Faculty

Gail Burd, Developmental Biology
Chris Impey, Cosmology
Richard Sterling, Science Leadership
Mark St. John, Science Leadership
Karen Falkenberg, Science Leadership