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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.

The CSMCE assists not only faculty and organizations across campus but also education-focused organizations associated with the university community to host events, conferences, or workshops. Center staff members bring expertise in event planning and on-site coordination, design of promotional posters, written marketing communications, copy editing of proposals, and the creation and design of nametags, programs, and web pages.

News and Events

  • Active learning is transforming calculus at universities nationwide — and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is helping to lead the movement. Since 2016, Nebraska’s Department of Mathematics has expanded its implementation of active-learning strategies from precalculus courses into Calculus I, Calculus II and business calculus. Moreover, a team of educators, led by Wendy Smith of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, is part of a National Science Foundation-funded effort to support nine other universities in making similar changes.
  • More than 120 low-income Nebraska students will benefit from a new five-year, $3.56 million grant from the National Science Foundation while they pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math. UNL officials announced Aug. 30 that the institution is partnering with Southeast Community College and Western Nebraska Community College to build out the state’s STEM workforce through a new grant, STEM Career Opportunities in Nebraska: Networks, Experiential-learning and Computation Thinking, STEM CONNECT.
  • Attention secondary science teachers: Join us Oct. 12, for the Astronomy Education Workshop, hosted by Kevin Lee. Enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch, parking, and a door-prize raffle. Register here. Bob Hilborn, associate executive officer of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and Kathryn Williamson, teaching assistant professor at the West Virginia University Department of Physics, are the workshop’s keynote speakers.
  • Registration for the 30th annual Nebraska Math Day open through Oct. 15. This year’s Math Day will be Thursday, Nov. 14. To commemorate the 30th Math Day, we are selling T-shirts within the registration site, and free T-shirts will be provided to volunteers.
  • The Nebraska Department of Mathematics has shirts for sale through Sept. 13, with four options available. The graphic shows the state outline, filled with a tiling by Sir Roger Penrose, modeled after the wooden wall piece in Avery Hall constructed by Earl Kramer, artist and emeritus professor of mathematics. To pick up your order in 203 Avery Hall during the week of Sept. 30, order here. To have the order shipped to you directly, click here.
  • Congratulations to the 13 Noyce STEM Master Teaching Fellows who earned master’s degrees from UNL in August 2019, as well as the 14 teachers who graduated in part as a result of their participation in the Master of Arts for Teachers degree program, the Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy, or the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes.
  • Bravo to Kevin Lee, research associate professor in physics and the CSMCE, on receiving a Friend of Science award from the Nebraska Academy of Sciences for his work overseeing the education of astronomy at Nebraska.
  • Nebraska researchers Angie Pannier and Marilyne Stains have received Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. The award is the highest honor presented by the United States government to scientists and engineers who are in the beginning stages of their research careers. It is reserved for individuals who show exceptional promise for leadership in science and technology fields. Pannier, a professor of biological systems engineering and a past Women in Science keynote speaker, was nominated for the award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Stains, an associate professor of chemistry and faculty for the CSMCE, was nominated for the award by the National Science Foundation.

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