The goal of the Initiative to bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated (INSPIRE) is to build connections through science lectures, workshops, and conservation projects at correctional facilities in Utah.

This program was started by Nalini Nadkarni, co-founder of the Sustainability in Prisons Project (SPP).

INSPIRE is based in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Utah, and collaborates with the Salt Lake County Jail, and five Youth-In-Care centers. We provide monthly science lectures by University of Utah faculty and graduate students, conservation projects in which inmates participate as partners, and nature imagery to inmates in secured housing.

You can get involved today by becoming a presenter. Scientists in a variety of fields are able to participate in monthly lectures and create partnerships in conservation work.
INSPIRE is interested in collaborating with other academics and institutions.

INSPIRE has appeared in numerous media publications and has been the topic of multiple research papers. You can view a selection of past presentations, as well as a list of past presenters.

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