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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

  • The Nebraska Nanoscale Facility is offering research experiences for teachers this summer. The first is a four-day virtual workshop called NanoSIMST, which is paid and open to middle school science teachers and runs June 14-17. The other opportunity is the Summer RET program for high school and community college science teachers. This is a paid, six-week research internship with the NNCI groups in several departments on campus. The teachers will be chosen by a lab, perform a research project with them, and then develop a lesson to be used in their classroom the next school year. This grant also includes a paid trip to the national NSTA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2023.
  • K-8 computer science teachers: Please submit applications for CSForAll: Adapt, Implement, and Research at Nebraska (AIR@NE), an NSF-funded grant, by April 15. This online cohort is the final cohort!
  • Math Day announced its 2021-22 scholarship recipients on April 2. Fifty students from across the state were invited to come to campus and take the PROBE II exam, and the top 10 scorers were awarded four-year scholarships to UNL. Students from Millard North, Scottsbluff, and Scott Middle School claimed nine of the top 10 spots.
  • Primarily Math alumni Amy Barton of Lincoln Public Schools and Andrew Boone of Gretna Public Schools have each been named state finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and were presented with the awards at the recent Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics (NATM) Conference.
  • Congratulations to the 2022 Nebraska Association for Teachers of Mathematics Award Winners Cindy Beaman (Don Miller Distinguished Service), Hanna Savidge (Rookie of The Year), Lenny VerMaas (Milton Beckman Lifetime Achievement), and Lorraine Males (Past President). Beaman was in the first cohort of Primarily Math and a Noyce Master Teaching Fellow. Beaman, who retired last year from Grand Island Public Schools, was nominated for the award by Jane Strawhecker of the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
  • Karla Bandemer of Lincoln Public Schools was a member of the conference committee for the NCTM regional conference in Indianapolis in March 2022.
  • Congratulations to TLTE and CSMCE faculty member Beth Lewis, who has been granted promotion to full professor, effective Aug. 15, 2022. Lewis is the new science senior advisor in the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Computer Education.
  • Lincoln Public Schools’s Remote Learning Program Principal Casey Fries, an alumnus of the Nebraska Algebra and New Teacher Network programs, will be moving into the role of principal at Lincoln East High School this coming fall. Formerly an assistant principal at East, Fries is excited to build upon the strong relationships that he already has formed.
  • Join us early, before the NATM Conference, for a Math Teachers' Circle on Sunday, March 27, in Kearney. Learn more
  • Two Math in the Middle graduates are co-authors on books recently released by NCTM and Corwin Mathematics. Order here the newest release of NCTM's Becoming a Teacher of Mathematical Modeling for the Grades 6-12 teaching band, co-authored by former Lincoln Public Schools teacher and Math in the Middle graduate Mary Alice Carlson, who is now an associate professor of mathematics education at Montana State University. Delise Andrews, the grades 3-5 math coordinator at Lincoln Public Schools, is a co-author of Classroom-Ready Rich Math Tasks, Grades K-1: Engaging Students in Doing Math and Classroom-Ready Rich Math Tasks, Grades 4-5: Engaging Students in Doing Math by Corwin Press.
  • Scottsbluff High School's own Ava Imhof writes about the culmination of 15 years of dedication by teacher Shelby Aaberg as the SHS Math Club sponsor and how the students' hard work is paying off for them at Math Day.
  • The third Nebraska Summit on Math and Science Education has been postponed to Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center, 2021 Transformation Drive in Lincoln, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. A conference pre-session will take place on Friday evening, June 3, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Embassy Suites. Registration is now open.

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