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Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education (CSMCE) is to support UNL faculty engaged in educational activities focused on improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at both the PK-12 and collegiate level. With support from UNL’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Education and Human Sciences, and Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the CSMCE works to build partnerships among leaders in the higher education and PK-12 education sectors that further our basic mission.

News and Events

  • Nebraska's proposed math standards aim to teach deeper understanding, not more concepts, says Matt Larson, math curriculum specialist for the Lincoln Public Schools and current NCTM president, in an Omaha World-Herald article in August 2015. The photo features Primarily Math teacher Liz Cook.
  • Scottsbluff High School math teacher and UNL Noyce Master Teaching Fellow Shelby Aaberg was designated as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching for 2013 on July 1, 2015. Included in the selection was a trip to Washington, D.C., (see photos at PAEMST link) and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation.
  • June 15-19, 2015, was Nebraska Pollinator Week, and Doug Golick, assistant professor in the department of entomology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was featured for his Bumbleboosters work in the Omaha World-Herald on June 15.
  • Vote for NebraskaMATH's Primarily Math video, produced by University Communications at UNL, in the NSF 2015 Teaching and Learning Video Showcase: Improving Science, Math, Engineering and Computer Science Education. From May 11-15, this online event will showcase cutting-edge NSF-funded work to improve teaching and learning of STEM and CS. We invite you to view the videos, join the conversation, and vote for Primarily Math as your favorite presentation on the NSF video showcase site.
  • Jim Lewis, Aaron Douglas Professor of Mathematics and director of the CSMCE, earned the Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics for 2015. The Impact Award was established by the AMS Committee on Education in 2013, and is given annually to a mathematician who has made significant contributions of lasting value to mathematics education.
  • NebraskaMATH received recognition at the outset of the inaugural National Math Festival in Washington, D.C., which kicked off on April 16 with a policy briefing attended by Congressional delegations from Nebraska and other states. The policy breakfast highlighted four programs from across the country.

NebraskaMATH Final Report 2015

Over the past six years, the $9.3 million NSF-funded NebraskaMATH grant has impacted more than 700 teacher leaders across the state. The "NebraskaMATH Final Report,” published in 2015, showcases the scope of the grant’s three core programs, Primarily Math, New Teacher Network and Nebraska Algebra, as well as the programs that grew from them. Funded by the National Science Foundation, NebraskaMATH thanks not only the NSF for its support, but also the many teachers who have taken our courses and have gone back into their classrooms dedicated to the young people of Nebraska. It’s been an inspiration to collaborate with all of you. Download a copy of the final report by clicking on the image of the report.



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