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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

  • Nearly 400 students and educators representing 132 schools from 34 states, Canada and Scotland will make their way to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for the 19th annual Nebraska Conference for Undergraduate Women in Mathematics, Feb. 3-5. This year, 202 students and 16 schools are in attendance for the first time. Nebraska faculty and staff can attend conference research presentations at no charge. Events are held on City Campus or at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 1040 P St.
  • Jim Lewis has become the Acting Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources (EHR) at the National Science Foundation. Lewis joined NSF in January 2015 as the Deputy Assistant Director of EHR from UNL, where he serves as director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education.
  • Jenny Dauer, an assistant professor of natural resources, demonstrates in a forthcoming study that teaching and using a seven-step decision-making model helps students become more scientifically literate, and has the potential to overcome subconscious biases and make better-informed decisions.
  • Augmented-reality technology is helping Earth and Atmospheric Sciences students visualize geologic features and explore landscape dynamics. EAS has built a sandbox with a computer with a stellar video card, a projector, a Microsoft Kinect gaming sensor and, of course, 200 pounds of sand, to help students better understand geologic formations and mentally translate the landscapes normally depicted on 2-D topographic maps. Check out this video with CSMCE faculty Mindi Searls and Leilani Arthurs.
  • Wendy Smith, associate director of the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education, was presented with the Boss of the Year Award at the 36th annual University of Nebraska Office Professionals Association bosses luncheon on Nov. 8, 2016.
  • Amber Vlasnik, a math teacher at Lincoln High School and a NebraskaNOYCE Master Teaching Fellow, was named the 2017 Nebraska Teacher of the Year on Oct. 11. Vlasnik has taught at Lincoln High since 2011 and has served as the math department chair since 2014. During the next year, Vlasnik will serve as an ambassador for the state on teaching issues. Congratulations!

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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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