As a dynamic center, the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) focus areas have shifted over time. Read below for an overview of CSME’s previous projects, programs, and initiatives. Contact us for additional information.
K-12 Teaching & Learning
- Master of Science for Secondary School Teachers – Math (MSSST-Math) is a masters degree program that was housed in the CSME from 2009-2015. MSSST-Math has moved to the Department of Mathematics, although MSSST-Science remains at the CSME.
- Math for America Utah (MfA) was housed at CSME from 2010-2015. MfA’s primary mission is the creation and support of mathematics teacher leaders. MfA Utah operates the Fellows Program, Master Teachers Program, and Teachers’ Math Circle. MfA moved to the Department of Mathematics in 2015.
- MMAISE (Math Materials Access Improvement for 7th and 8th Grade) created mathematics text consistent with the Utah Core Curriculum and available in multiple platforms.
- Science Fridays, coordinated by the CSME, Youth Education, Department of Chemistry, and College of Engineering, brought 260 K-12 students from 5 schools to campus in Fall 2013 to engage with hands-on chemistry projects.
- STEM for U Week, piloted in 2014, built connections between the UofU and the broader community while introducing grade school students to STEM content, role models, and careers. CSME brought a dozen faculty members to local schools where they reached over 350 students.
- TICE (Technology Intensive Concurrent Enrollment) provided online materials, available through UEN, for entry-level math coursework. Although curriculum development is complete, the CSME continues to work on a possible science integration.
- WEST (Water, the Environment, Science, and Teaching) and TGLL (Think Globally, Learn Locally) were NSF-funded programs that connected science graduate students with K-12 classrooms. The programs have evolved into STEM Mentors, which is currently active at the CSME.
- Broader Impacts Consulting has been offered in the past to faculty members who would like assistance designing broader impacts activities for NSF grants. This opportunity is still available on a limited basis; contact us for additional information.
- Faith-Based Outreach initiatives in 2012 and 2013 involved a “Tree-Mapping” project where undergraduate and graduate students worked with local faith communities to create science education materials related to the trees growing in the area.
- The “Hidden Worlds of Science” course was offered annually (2012-2014) in collaboration with the Osher Institute, which caters to adults over 50. The 6-week long course included faculty members and graduate students as guest lecturers.
- INSPIRE (Initiative to Bring Science Programs to the Incarcerated) was launched in 2014 with a science lecture series and conservation projects at the Salt Lake County Jail and Draper Prison. INSPIRE was a key player in establishing a national network of similar programs. In 2015, INSPIRE and the Nature Imagery in Prisons Project moved to the Department of Biology.
- Science Filmmaking Workshops were offered annually (2012-2014) to faculty, staff, teachers, and community members to help them disseminate their research.
- Science Journalism, offered in 2012 and 2013, provided a science writing internship opportunity for undergraduate students.
STEM Education Center Collaboration
- In 2012, CSME hosted a National Conference for Centers of Science and Mathematics Education. The conference brought together representatives from Centers at thirteen different universities to facilitate communications and identify common concerns. A summary is available here. In recent years, APLU/SMTI has developed a national STEM Education Center network.