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Developing research collaborations

The first ever STEM Education Research Retreat was held on Monday, October 19, in Avery Hall on the UNL City Campus. This event is intended for all faculty, staff, postdoctoral research assistants, and students (graduate and undergraduate) who are conducting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education (STEM) Research on the UNL campus. The goals of this retreat are to:

  • provide an avenue for the STEM Education Research community to learn about one another’s projects;
  • provide opportunities to develop research collaborations between STEM Education Research faculty and their students; and
  • provide opportunities to connect STEM ed researchers with local research support groups/organizations.

Research projects were shared at the poster gallery walk. Tweet about your research using #unlSTEMed!

See the Report


8 a.m.-Noon Research Posters - Gallery Walk See the posters
Noon-1 p.m. Networking Lunch (lunch will be provided)
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m. UNL Research Support Structure
2:45 p.m.-4 p.m. Follow-up Conversations and Closing Comments

Featured Attendees

Research Support

A summary of the research support that each of the following groups can provide to the community is provided here.

Bureau of Sociological Research: The BOSR is a one-stop survey research shop that collects data to help answer important questions facing society. The BOSR supports a number of projects that use telephone interviewing, in-person interviews, focus groups, Web-based surveys, scannable questionnaire forms, and grant accounting.

Center for Instructional Innovation: CII, founded in 1993, supports development and systematic study of a wide variety of instructional approaches. Areas of expertise include cognitive and motivational psychology, language and literacy development, accommodation of disabilities, software engineering, web-based instruction, and applied research and evaluation. In addition to its main UNL office at 209 Teachers College Hall, CII maintains a state-of-the art research laboratory at 125 Mabel Lee Hall that includes the Accommodation Resource Center for providing technology-based support for individuals with disabilities.

Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education: The mission of the 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.

CYFS and MAP Academy/Nebraska Bureau for Education Research Evaluation and Policy: UNL's College of Education and Human Sciences, together with the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools, has launched an interdisciplinary research initiative to improve education from preschool through higher education. Led by Greg Welch, research associate professor, the Nebraska Bureau for Education Research, Evaluation and Policy will pursue evaluation and policy research opportunities in partnership with educational entities throughout the state, including the Nebraska Department of Education. The bureau will give special attention to accountability policies that promote improvement in education systems.

IRB: The purpose of the Human Subjects Protection Program of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is to provide appropriate protection to all volunteer subjects enrolled in research. This goal is met by providing review and approval by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of all research involving human subjects before projects are initiated, as well as continuing review and monitoring of approved studies.

Office of Proposal Development: The Office of Proposal Development partners with faculty, staff and administrators to develop competitive external grant proposals. Our team of proposal development professionals enhances overall proposal quality by ensuring applicants meet sponsor guidelines and by improving the content, organization and visual appeal of proposal packages. Since 2005, we have helped UNL investigators secure more than $373 million in grant funding from a wide range of federal agencies and private foundations.

Public Policy Center: The University of Nebraska Public Policy Center provides assistance to policymakers and researchers on a wide range of public policy issues. The Center works with policymakers in all three branches of government at local, state, and federal levels. As a system-wide Policy Center, staff work with University researchers from all campuses of the University of Nebraska system.

Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium: Growing UNL’s social and behavioral research is the consortium’s ultimate mission, and collaboration is the key to its success. To accomplish its mission, SBSRC will identify existing resources campuswide, build a strong research and referral network, facilitate and support collaborations, provide seed funding, identify new opportunities for collaboration, coordinate external funding opportunities and provide mentoring for new faculty.


The STEM Education Research Retreat is sponsored by the UNL Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education and the NebraskaSCIENCE Program of Excellence.

Planning Committee:

  • Marilyne Stains, chair, Department of Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences (contact with questions)
  • Lindsay Augustyn, Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education
  • Heather Bergan, School of Natural Resources
  • Cory Forbes, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Tiffany Heng-Moss, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Yvonne Lai, Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jon Pedersen, College of Education and Human Sciences
  • Wendy Smith, Center for Science, Mathematics and Computer Education