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Apply now for STEM CONNECT Scholarship

Scholarships valued at up to $8,000 per year for up to four years

The STEM CONNECT Scholarship program welcomes applications from students who are first year or second year students in Fall 2020. Funded by the National Science Foundation, these scholarships seek to identify and attract academically talented, low-income students with interest in careers that require strong skills in mathematics or computer science.

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

  • Twenty-eight teachers will be chosen for the second year of CSForAll: Adapt, Implement, and Research at Nebraska (AIR@NE), an NSF-funded grant that examines the adaptation and implementation of a validated K-8 Computer Science curriculum in diverse school districts. The application for Cohort 2 in Grand Island is now open. Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through January 2020. Selected teachers will receive tuition and fees for two graduate courses in Summer 2020: Introduction to Computer Science I for Teachers (CSCE 805T, June 8-12 and June 15-19, mornings) and CS Pedagogy (TEAC 851L, June 8-12 and June 15-19, afternoons); $1,500 worth of computer science hardware and software; funding to travel to one conference; and $100 stipends per academic-year meeting.
  • Three online mathematics courses, including a new course that emphasizes the use of technology, will be offered in Spring 2020. Choose from: Math 896-Using Technology to Aid in Mathematical Problem Solving, Math 805T-Discrete Mathematics for Teachers, and Math 814T-Linear Algebra for Teachers. Each of the three courses can be part of a graduate program leading to the MAT degree. The UNL spring semester begins Monday, January 13, 2020.
  • Four Nebraska teachers won Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in October 2019. This cohort of awardees represent two nomination years, one of teachers in kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms (2018) and the other in 7th through 12th grade classrooms (2017). Noyce Master Teaching Fellow Alicia Davis, of Scott Middle School in Lincoln Public Schools, was a Nebraska winner for mathematics in Grades 7–12, and Primarily Math graduate Melissa Szatko, a first-grade teacher at Indian Hill Elementary in Omaha Public Schools, was a winner for Grades K–6.
  • 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. Applications for students entering college in Fall 2020 are now open.
  • 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.

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