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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.

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 both in-person and online. Center staff members bring expertise in Zoom conferences and webinars, 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

  • University faculty and graduate students are invited to X-DBER 2021, a conference exploring themes in discipline-based education research across STEM disciplines. This virtual conference will take place March 1-3, hosted by UNL. The conference will foster cross-disciplinary conversations focused on several core themes: educational tools and interventions; learning and cognitive research; diversity, inclusion, and equity; student experiences and affect; and integrating disciplinary practices. The conference will be free for all participants. Abstracts for participant talks and posters are due Jan. 17. General registration will close on Feb. 21.
  • An Online Nebraska Math Teachers’ Circle at 7 p.m. Central (Thursday, Jan. 7), featured guest Dr. Susie Katt of Lincoln Public Schools. In “Productive Math Struggle in Elementary Classrooms,” Susie presented on her book “Productive Math Struggle,” co-authored with John SanGiovanni and Kevin Dykema and published in April 2020. Free copies of the book were given to the first 25 registrants who also attended.
  • AGAM, a weeklong online camp that provides a challenging yet supportive environment for 30 students to develop their mathematical skills, will run from July 11-17, 2021, on Zoom. Camp participants take a course about codes and cryptology, as well as participate in virtual workshops that will inform them about various careers and STEM fields. Students will work with mathematicians from Nebraska and other universities to improve their logic skills, boost confidence in their abilities, and discover the opportunities that strong math skills can provide. The camp is for students entering grades 10-12. Preference is given to students who have taken geometry but not yet taken calculus. The registration fee is $350. Applications are now taken online until April 5, 2021.
  • NebraskaMATH outstanding teacher leaders Amber Vlasnik and Susie Katt graduated from UNL Dec. 19, 2020, with their doctorates in Educational Studies, both with a Teaching, Curriculum, and Learning specialization. Learn more about their journeys.
  • Taylor Dahlheim of ITEAM, Olivia Herr of Primarily Math, and Robin Yzaguirre of Primarily Math earned their Master of Arts degrees from UNL's Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education with minors in mathematics this December 2020. Learn more about them here.
  • Patriot Elementary Allie Elsasser was recognized as “PLCS Staff is PLCS Great” by Papillion La Vista Community Schools on Dec. 11, 2020. Elsasser, a graduate of the Primarily Math program, has been nominated for her patience and kindness with students. Allie was nominated by a parent who said, "Her passion for teaching shows with every email and SeeSaw post to her students’ families."
  • Congratulations to Jason Vitosh of Falls City High School, the 2020 winner of the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association's Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year Award! Vitosh is a Noyce Master Teacher and has taught several MAT courses.
  • Registration for the Spring 2021 semester is now open. The Department of Mathematics is offering three online graduate courses that have been designed with teachers and the work they do teaching mathematics in mind: Math 804T, Math 812T, and a new course: Math 896: History of Mathematics. Read more about courses for the MAT degree. The spring semester starts Monday, January 25, 2021.
  • 340 students from 41 Nebraska high schools participated in the 31st annual Nebraska Math Day on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, virtually on Zoom. Two classes of 68 teams participated in five rounds. Math Day 2.0 was the first-ever online bowl tournament, designed to spark high school students’ interest in math, encourage them to pursue a career in mathematics or the mathematical sciences, and recognize outstanding mathematical ability. Math Bowl Tournament 2.0 results: Competitive Class (38 teams): Lincoln East C1 - 1st place, Scottsbluff C1 - 2nd place, Scottsbluff C2 - 3rd place, Millard North C1 - 4th place. Recreational Class (30 teams): Omaha Brownell-Talbot R1 - 1st place, Lincoln East R1 - 2nd place, Lincoln Southwest R1 - 3rd place, Bellevue East R1 - 4th place.
  • Ellen Ochoa, NASA’s first Latina astronaut, chronicled some of the experiences in space during a virtual keynote address she delivered Nov. 5 to mark the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Women in Research Day. The event, co-sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Association of Women in Science, was part of Nebraska Research Days, the university’s annual celebration of research, scholarly and creative activity. Read more.

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