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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

  • Join our new cohort of Math in the Middle! We are now accepting applications to Math in the Middle from teachers who want to be of this community of highly qualified teachers of mathematics in grades 4-8. The 2020 Math in the Middle cohort is designed with flexibility in mind. Acceptance will be done on a rolling basis.
  • A new resource by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Professor of Mathematics Glenn Ledder allows students and the general public to conduct their own experiments to learn about the population dynamics of COVID-19. The simulation embeds a simple model designed specifically for the COVID-19 pandemic into an environment where students can easily design experiments and observe possible outcomes.
  • Congratulations to Susie Katt, our Primarily Math graduate, Noyce Master Teaching Fellow and UNL doctoral student, on the publication of her new book Productive Math Struggle: A 6-Point Action Plan for Fostering Perseverance," which she co-authored with John SanGiovanni and Kevin Dykema. Katt, of Lincoln Public Schools, is the district's K-2 math coordinator.
  • The registration deadline for SciComm 2020, a conference on effective science communication hosted by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been extended to Aug. 1. The professional conference, originally set for March 27-29, has been postponed until Aug. 14-16. SciComm is an annual gathering of scientists, educators, professional communicators and artists, all hoping to gain training in effective science communication, forge connections and receive critical feedback. To register, go to http://www.scicommcon.org.
  • Take a look at our newly released 2020 schedule for the Nebraska Math and Science Summer Institutes (NMSSI). More science courses and at least two more math courses will be added soon, so keep checking back for updates. Registration for courses began March 2.
  • New this year at Thomas Elementary School in Gretna, Math Mania is a club for third grade students interested in exploring math. The club got its start after both Jill Grant and Andrew Boone went through the Primarily Math/ITEAM math cohorts through the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, fueling their goal to show students that math is everywhere.
  • STEM CONNECT is pleased to announce the selection of the first Scholars from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Southeast Community College to its scholarship program and STEM community partnership with SCC and Western Nebraska Community College. The following 10 UNL students will begin the STEM CONNECT program this spring and are majoring in these disciplines: Philip Chohon, computer engineering; Ronit Gandhi, mathematics and biochemistry; Emmanuel Lopez Mateo, computer science; Caleb Marcoux, software engineering; Alexander Muenster, mathematics and physics; Lexus Root, mathematics and English; Michael Sanders, computer science; Spencer Schmidt, mathematics and geology; Abby Seibel, computer engineering; and Sawyer Smith, mathematics and psychology. The following 6 SCC students also will begin the STEM CONNECT program this spring: Nori Khalaf, Brian Marmon, Sbai Mohammed, Victoire Letissia Nana Noundou, Anaelle Nimpa, and Logan Wessel. STEM CONNECT applications for Fall 2020 are being accepted until May 31, 2020 for WNCC.
  • The CSMCE is pleased to partner with ESU 3 and OPS to offer graduate programs Primarily Math (for grades K-3 teachers) and ITEAM, Intermediate TEAchers of Mathematics (grades 4-6), starting in the summer of 2020 to Omaha area teachers. The deadline to apply for Primarily Math and ITEAM is May 12.

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