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About OSE

What We Do

The Office of Science Education (OSE) coordinates science education activities at the NIH and develops and sponsors science education projects in house. These programs serve elementary, secondary, and college students and teachers and the public.

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  • Develop curriculum supplements and other educational materials related to medicine and research through collaborations with scientific experts at NIH
  • Maintain a website as a central source of information about NIH science education resources
  • Establish national model programs in public science education, such as the NIH Mini-Med School and Science in the Cinema
  • Promote science education reform as outlined in the National Science Education Standards and related guidelines

The OSE was established in 1991 within the Office of Science Policy of the Office of the Director of the National Institutes of Health. The NIH is the world's foremost biomedical research center and the U.S. federal government's focal point for such research. It is one of the components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Visit OSE

Planning a visit to the NIH Office of Science Education? Here you will find complete directions regardless of your mode of transportation.

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Mission Statement

The Office of Science Education (OSE) plans, develops, and coordinates a comprehensive science education program to strengthen and enhance efforts of the NIH to attract young people to biomedical and behavioral science careers and to improve science literacy in both adults and children. The function of the Office is as follows: (1) develops, supports, and directs new program initiatives at all levels with special emphasis on targeting students in grades kindergarten to 16, their educators and parents, and the general public; (2) advises NIH leadership on science education issues; (3) examines and evaluates research and emerging trends in science education and literacy for policy making; (4) works closely with the NIH extramural, intramural, women's health, laboratory animal research, and minority program offices on science education special issues and programs to ensure coordination of NIH efforts; (5) works with NIH institutes, centers, and divisions to enhance communication of science education activities; and (6) works cooperatively with other public- and private-sector organizations to develop and coordinate activities.

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Science Education (OSE) is making every effort to ensure that the information available on our website is accessible to all. If you use special adaptive equipment to access the Web and encounter problems when using our site, please let us know. Write to, and we will provide the information to you in an alternate format. Please be as specific as possible when you describe the information you seek. If you prefer to call, please call OSE's webmaster at 301-496-1628. For NIH employees who need assistance with accessibility issues, please contact the equal employment opportunity officer in your institute or center.

To learn more about the regulations governing the accessibility of federal electronic information products, visit the Section 508 page at

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How to Reach OSE

By Mail:
NIH Office of Science Education
6100 Executive Blvd., Suite3E01

MSC 7520
Bethesda, MD 20892-7520

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By Telephone:

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Linking Policy

OSE uses the following guidelines for linking to non-NIH sites:
  • Not-for-profit professional associations and organizations that complement and enhance the information on the OSE Web site, and
  • U.S. Federal agencies that complement and enhance the information on the OSE Web site
These criteria may change to reflect updated OSE or NIH Web site policies.

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Your Privacy

The NIH Office of Science Education respects the privacy of visitors to the OSE Web site. We may collect a limited amount of information on usage of the Web site for statistical purposes, in order to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. The information collected includes standard server log information, such as the domain name or IP address from which you access the Internet, the date and time you access our site, the pages you viewed, the type of browser and operating system you used to access our site, and, if you linked to our site from another Web site, that Web site's address. We collect this information on an aggregate basis only. Our Web site logs are not personally identifiable, and we make no attempt to link them with the individuals who actually browse the site. For example, we track which pages are most popular among visitors as a whole, but pages viewed are not identified with individual users. With email inquiries, we store the inquiry and the email address information so that we can respond electronically.

Unless otherwise required by statute, we do not identify publicly who sends questions or comments to our Web site. We will not obtain information that will allow us to personally identify you when you visit our site, unless you choose to provide such information to us.

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