Science News and Events
- A new $1 million grant from the Nebraska Department of Education will help Nebraska faculty coordinate a professional development project aimed at improving K-12 math and science instruction. With a focus on elevating academic achievement in the state’s high-need schools, Nebraska Partnership TEAMS (Teaching to Enhance Achievement in Math and Science) will establish professional development sessions at locations across the state, including Crete, Fremont, Grand Island, Norfolk, North Platte and Scottsbluff. Approximately 40 elementary and secondary teachers from participating schools will lead the sessions. The project is a collaboration between high-need Nebraska schools and faculty from the Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education; the Department of Mathematics; the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; and the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education.
- $1M grant to benefit K-12 teaching of math, science
- Grant sends Nebraska educators to Kennedy Space Center
Earn a master's degree
Graduate courses in science, including chemistry, plant science and geology, are available through the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes at discounted tuition rates for Nebraska teachers, and fellowships to help cover the remaining costs are also available. These courses count toward several degree options:
- The Master of Applied Science with a concentration in Science for Educators is for teachers at any level who teach science. Eighteen of the 36 hours go toward the specialization in science education requirements. The program is available entirely online.
- The MEd degree is offered through the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. This degree has a more "practitioner" focus, and is intended for practicing teachers who intend to remain practicing teachers.
- The MA degree also is offered through the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education. The MA degree has more of a research focus than does the MEd degree, but is also appropriate for practicing teachers. The MA degree is the option to choose if you think that you may wish to eventually pursue a doctorate in education (Ed.D. or Ph.D.).
All of these masters degree programs at UNL require a minimum of 36 hours (12 courses), with at least half of the hours in your major field. If you just want to take start by taking some math or science courses and not pursue a degree, you typically can later decide to apply up to 18 hours (6 courses) to a degree you choose to pursue. Read more about the application process for the TLTE degrees here.
The Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education is connected with a number of University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and affiliates focused on discipline-based education research. There is a weekly DBER seminar as well as other DBER events each semester. Below is a list of active DBER faculty.
- Krista Adams, Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education
- Leilani Arthurs, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- Brian Couch, School of Biological Sciences
- Jenny Dauer, School of Natural Resources
- Joe Dauer, School of Natural Resources
- Cory Forbes, School of Natural Resources
- Bill Glider, School of Biological Sciences
- Doug Golick, Department of Entomology
- Michelle Homp, Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education
- Jenny Keshwani, Biological Systems Engineering Department
- Yvonne Lai, Department of Mathematics
- Kevin Lee, Department of Physics and Astronomy
- Mindi Searls, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
- Wendy Smith, Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education
- Marilyne Stains, Department of Chemistry