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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

  • Our condolences to the family and colleagues of Mindy Dhoritey, NebraskaMATH Omaha Public Schools Teacher Leader Academy Math in the Middle Cohort 2 member and a teacher at Bryan Middle School, who passed away suddenly Monday, March 25, 2019. Bryan Middle School will have a celebration of life for Ms. Dhoritey on Tuesday, April 9, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Nebraska EPSCoR and the CSMCE will sponsor the 21st annual Women in Science Conference on March 29-30, 2019, in Lincoln. This free conference encourages young women to pursue their interests in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology by introducing them to role models of successful women in a variety of fields. Keynote speakers are Tracy Bohaboj and Emmeline Watson of Duncan Aviation.
  • Summer registration opened Monday, March 4, for 2019 Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes courses. The NMSSI Fellowship Application is also now open.
  • The 2019 recipient of the Associaton of Mathematics Teacher Educators NTLI Fellowship is Assistant Professor Kelley Buchheister of Child, Youth and Family Studies at UNL. Buchheister, who won the award for her paper "A Program for Success," taught an NMSSI course in 2018 and will be teaching a course to the current cohort of Primarily Math and ITEAM in Summer 2019 at ESU 3.
  • Jim Lewis, Aaron Douglas Professor of mathematics, became the university’s first director of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education research initiatives on Jan. 1. An award-winning educator with deep experience leading teaching and learning initiatives, Lewis’ role bolsters support for Nebraska faculty engaged in STEM research, education and outreach. The position is under the Office of Research and Economic Development’s purview. He will work closely with faculty and center directors to increase extramural funding from the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies; increase the number of faculty pursuing NSF-sponsored research and support their success; boost efforts to recognize top faculty through national honors and awards; build large-scale research projects and resources for STEM education and its broader impacts; and serve on ORED’s senior leadership team.
  • Nebraska researcher Leen-Kiat Soh is using a four-year, $2 million grant, Adapt, Implement and Research, from the National Science Foundation to lead an interdisciplinary team of Nebraska researchers in developing and deploying a program aimed at helping the state’s educators effectively teach the subject to a diverse group of K-8 students. In Nebraska and many other states, there’s a lack of standardized K-12 computer science curricula. Soh’s program focuses on the training and professional development of about 80 educators from diverse districts statewide, including majority-minority, rural and Native schools. These include the Omaha Public Schools, Omaha Nation Public Schools, Grand Island Public Schools and at least eight other rural districts. Participating teachers will join a network linking more experienced computer science educators to novices. To develop a framework for the network, the researchers tapped the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, which has extensive experience fostering the professional development of Nebraska’s K-12 teachers. In addition to Soh, LPS's Kent Steen, and UNL's Gwen Nugent and Guy Trainin, the team includes Wendy Smith, research associate professor and associate director for the CSMCE.

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Meeting Challenges of 21st Century Classrooms

To meet the state’s and the nation’s need for more highly qualified science teachers, the 14-month Master of Arts with emphasis in science teaching (MAst) program was established in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with a Robert Noyce, Track I, Phase I grant from the National Science Foundation, awarded in 2010. This report presents a summary of the accomplishments of this Noyce grant, in which 60 post-baccalaureate science majors and professionals were provided with Noyce stipends to become science teachers. The MAst program is now in its sixth year, producing an average of 10 new science teachers per year. The project team, led by Dr. Elizabeth Lewis, was also awarded a second Noyce grant in 2015 to support 30 more individuals to become science teachers along with funding to continue to research the practices of beginning science teachers. The MAst program engages science professionals in a research-informed program of study that supports them in developing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to meet the challenges of the modern American secondary science classroom.



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