Columbia College Institute for Science Education (Chicago, IL)


  • Name:Ms. Mary Bain

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Columbia College Institute for Science Education
  • Address:624 S. Michigan Ave.
    suite 1400
    Chicago, IL 60605
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:312 3447180
  • Main fax:312 3448051

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:312 3447181
  • Mobile phone:773 7324722
  • Home phone:773 9445135
  • Other fax:773 9445135

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  • Mission:
  • The primary mission of the Science Inst. is to enhance the teaching and understanding of science by:
    Designing and implementing new initiatives in science education and communication
    Developing associations with national and world scientific communities
    Elevating scientific literacy of a diverse multicultural community targeting students, science teachers and general citizenry
    Preparing teachers to become certified in science at the secondary level

  • History:
  • The Science Institute was established September 1, 1991 to address one of the nation's biggest crises: science education.

    Mirron Alexandroff, President Emeritus of Columbia College, stated that: the Institute will design new initiatives in science and public policy, science communication and education and will develop associations with the national and world scientific communities.

    The Science Institute has been funded by the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative curriculum for nonscience majors to be adopted by educational institutions around the country. Collaborations with Princeton and Indiana universities provided Columbia College students with exciting opportunities to travel to these institutions, where they attend joint classes. Students have the opportunity to present their work in the form of artwork, videos, CD-ROMs, film, dances, skits, songs and more. Dr. William Cohen, who conducted the NSF site visit to Columbia College for this project commented: The class meeting I sat in on was quite scintillating. I have rarely been in a classroom where students had such energy and enthusiasm. It is quite important that the results of this project be shared with faculty at as many institutions as possible; this will certainly help faculty at other institutions to adopt/adapt this successful approach.

    Additional NSF funding has enabled the Science Institute to develop a Science Visualization and Communication Laboratory where students can produce 2-D and 3-D projects on scientific concepts and processes. In addition to this computer-assisted laboratory and its instructional labs, the Science Institute has constructed a laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art analytical equipment, where students can conduct and replicate sophisticated experiments similar to those used in forensic and environmental investigations. Science Institute students have had the opportunity to conduct research projects in collaboration with Northwestern University, funded by the U.S. Department of Naval Research; and Duke University, funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The Science Institute's curriculum and methods of teaching science have been adopted by many institutions in the city of Chicago, across the United States, and around the world in order to enhance their science education programs. The success of this curriculum and methodology prompted the NSF to fund the Science Institute to conduct science workshops for Chicago public school teachers. The Institute is involved in many outreach programs in the community, including workshops for parents and teachers, funded by the Joyce Foundation and the Day of Science Program for Chicago public school children. The Science Institute works to incorporate the principals of scientific freedom, human rights, democracy, and world peace in all its endeavors.

  • Year established:1991
  • Endowment:Unknown

Board and Executive Names

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Dr. Zafra Lerman, Director

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Marcelo Caplan Technology Coordinator
    Jeffrey S. Wade Director of Operations
    Toni Campbell Administrative Assistant
    David Morton Director, Visualization Lab


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:
  • Tax ID:36-6112087

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:366112087
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:600 SOUTH MICHIGAN AVENUE
  • Organization City:CHICAGO
  • Organization State:IL
  • Organization Zip:60605-1900
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 1943
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:11
  • Foundation Code Desc.:School 170(b)(1)(A)(ii)
  • Activity Code(s):046, 030
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Private school, School, college, trade school, etc.
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:August, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:August
  • NTEE Code:B42
  • Asset Amount:$442,200,993
  • Asset Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • Income Amount:$331,065,291
  • Income Code:9 ($50,000,000+)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$250,866,085
  • Last Updated:2/19/2018 7:38:34 pm

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